Music and Fireworks Celebrate Southwest’s Graduating Class of 2016

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Graduates listen to speakers and reflect on the good times as they look towards the future.

EL CENTRO – It was a night of remembrance and optimism for the the Southwest High School Eagles’ graduation June 2 as the seniors headed for the next chapter of their lives. With Southwest’s Chamber Orchestra gracefully playing in the background, graduates walked down an aisle marked in the football field to celebrate a moment of educational success and reflect with their peers on all the good and bad times high school gave them.

After their entrance, 2016’s Class President Sofia Altamirano led the audience and her fellow graduates in the pledge of allegiance followed by the National Anthem both sung and signed in sign language by the the Southwest choral group. Southwest’s choir went on to lift up the audience’s spirits by signing “Like an Eagle” to encourage graduates to embrace their new journey through life. To end the performances, Southwest’s orchestra performed “Symphony for Strings Op. 73” for an elegant touch to the evening.

Senior Miranda Montenegro, ASB president, spoke to the class about changing times. She reminded her fellow students that their lives are about to begin as they all leave to start the next chapter. To finish, Montenegro thanked all the teachers who made an impact on her life and encouraged her fellow graduates to do the same.

The next speaker for the class of 2016 was fellow graduate Dahee Choi. Her speech recounted events in their high school lives that made it all so unique. Choi pointed out that being unique is what their class is all about, as she wished everyone the best of luck for their future.

Principal Danette Morrell gave a final speech to the graduates congratulating their achievement at meeting the California state A through G requirements. Finally, graduates received their diplomas, a tangible demonstration of their hard work and perseverance. To end the evening, the entire stadium lit up with celebratory fireworks for a fun and epic way to send the seniors off into the big new world.

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