HOLTVILLE â€“ Holtville High Schoolâ€™s class of 2016 brokeÂ into bedlamÂ Friday evening as they hurled their green and yellow caps into the air, celebrating the end of a milestone and the beginning of a new journey during Friday’s graduation ceremony at the schoolâ€™s football field.
Viking pride thrived, from the 122 graduating students, faculty, family and friends, who attended the ceremony and especially to the school principal who will retire at the end of the school year.
â€œThis is a special class for meâ€ said Jeff Magin, Holtville High School Principal. â€œI came to Holtville High School four years ago and I will be retiring at the end of this year. We came together and we are going out together.â€
Magin is a graduate of Holtville High School with over thirty-eight years of employment in education.
â€œI want to thank the school board for taking a chance on me forty years agoâ€ said Magin. â€œIt was a real blessing to be able come back to my hometown and pursue my career. The only reason why I stayed in this business is because of you guys (students).â€
Valedictorian Oriana Salazar directed her speech to the graduating class and said she was very excited to see so many recent alumni around and to know they were doing great things.
â€œWe are athletes, artists, musicians, looking for a place to act out, a place that some of us have not found yet unfortunately,â€ said Salazar. â€œThis might have discouraged some, but let me remind all of you that after tonight we are no longer tied down by high school, we are free to pursue our place, look for it, if itâ€™s not there- then make it.â€
Salazar said representing her school in different sport teams is among the things she will miss the most.
Salazar plans to attend UCLA, where she will major in business economics, obtain a masterâ€™s degree, and enter the marketing work force.
As a graduating gift, students were asked to sit in the middle of the field where they viewed a senior video featuring baby pictures and other photosÂ taken during the school year.[envira-gallery id=”78863″]