She asked her fellow graduates not to let the pandemic and government restrictions “take away all your other good memories from high school.” This year 100% absolutely zero, no doubt, but remember we had three years before COVID to keep in mind. Remember what it’s like to be with your friends, all those lunches and foods. Remember our first year where every third period was interrupted by a fire alarm. And for all those crazy rallies, all these incredible dances, these fun spirit days, this exciting Winterfest and these homecoming! Remember these, not zooms, never zooms. “
Promotion Major Guadalupe Gonzalez Zepeda delivered an address in which the class looks “into the future with high expectations and anticipation”.
“Tonight we are here with unlimited freedom and the potential to live a life we choose. We each have the goal of moving this world forward. Our method of doing this differs from the college we choose, the career we pursue, and the unique triumphs and tragedies we learn from. “
She urged her classmates not to be complacent and to try after failing.
“For this reason, I challenge all of you to pursue the passions that you have fought off at the right time, because the perfect time will never present itself. This will allow you to achieve the success of being able to look back on your life from your deathbed without regrets. Instead of a life where you just wonder what could have been if only you had.
Guadalupe also noted that money and recognition aren’t the only benchmarks of greatness, “it’s more about leaving those we meet a little happier and with more hope.”
She went on to say, “As you strive to achieve your goals, don’t be afraid to ask for help, after all, no one is completely independent. So when you fight, reach out to those who can encourage you and get you back on track. We have a long way to go, but we have already come this way. It won’t be easy, but that’s what makes the rewards worth it.
Co-salutator Paola Campos was chosen to deliver a speech, saying that when she entered high school he thought the experience would be like a musical where ‘singing and dancing kind of solved everyone’s problems. . I think a lot of my classmates would actually say going through high school was more like watching the Titanic go down. “
She quoted Heraclitus who said that “No one ever walks in the same river twice, because it is not the same river and it is not the same person.”
“Going to high school was like stepping into that river. At first we didn’t know what we were doing, but then we started swimming. And what happened? The more we got involved in school, the more we learned about ourselves. We have found that some of us are really good at playing football. Others can play any type of instrument. Many more are born leaders. We may not have excelled in everything we tried, but we had the opportunity to explore our interests, and that’s the really important part.
Campos concluded by saying, “High school taught us that we have the potential to grow and overcome the twists and turns of life. We are a generation empowered by what we know, by what we believe, and we can go far if we are brave enough to take a stand. So be brave and take any opportunities that come your way. Class of 2021, if we are able to grow regardless of adversity, no matter where life takes us, then as Kipling said, “the world and all in it” will be ours. “
The co-Salvationatorian Honors participants were: Sydney Aguilar, Carina Alvarez, Sofia Amaral, Edith Amaya, Bandna Bhatti, Breana Bravo, Paola Campos, Destinee Cox, David Cuevas Sanchez, Adriana Huaracha, Simranjit Hundal, Sumiti Kumar, Miguel Lindoro, Cesar Lozano Valencia, Adrian Magana Lopez, Ahtziri Martinez, Zaida Martinez, Ronaldo Mendoza, Virginia Moore, Charmaine Omaque, Caleb Phillips, Johnny Rangel, Jesus Rosalez, Jose Sanchez, Siera Sandoval, Qalidra Sengsoury Williams, Phusadee Sivongxay, Ximena Sosa, Yarena Soltero, Austin Taylor, Maria Torres, Xitlali Toscano, Jada Vann and Emily Villegas.
Maria Torres gave the senior Spanish speech, noting that the same nerves and emotions the graduates had at the event were the same as when they started high school in 2017.
She noted that the unprecedented change in American life from March 2020 demonstrated the resilience of many: “We spent an entire year taking online classes, missing school activities, and missing being with. friends at school. Once again, we demonstrate our resilience in the face of these difficult times and the desire to keep learning. For this reason, this diploma that we are going to receive today shows all the effort that we have put into everyday life in the school over the past four years.
“But this diploma not only represents our past, it is also the door to our new future. It contains the freedom that many of you have long awaited. Earlier, we joked that after school was over, that would be the day we were finally free. Today, this explains the feeling that many of us get through the diploma we receive. Now we have the freedom to choose the path we are most passionate about. College, work, or the military are just a few of the steps we will take to achieve our goals for the future. Whatever path we choose, we will all have something in common: today the doors open to a new beginning, to a future we deserve for the effort we have devoted to our education these last years.
“Although it looks like a simple piece of paper, the diploma we receive today is a symbol of more – people in the future. And as Ms. Eleanor Roosevelt said: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. “
Principal Carol Lubinsky congratulated her graduates for their perseverance in a difficult time.
“By just being here tonight, you have demonstrated your ability to persevere in the worst times and handle whatever life comes your way,” Lubinsky said. “You have learned to adjust and many of you have learned to excel in the face of challenges. Although you missed some of the content, we would have loved to teach you the skills I just mentioned that will allow you to achieve your life goals if you keep practicing them.
She said 98% of the 2021 class at Central Valley High School graduated with 35 seniors with a GPA of 4.0 or higher and 222 students who earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher. .
She added that 69 students have obtained their bi-literacy seal.
Seventy percent of older people continue their education while the rest are expected to enter the labor market immediately. A breakdown of these university figures shows that 125 CVHS graduates are heading to a CSU, including 89 to CSU Stanislaus in Turlock. Twenty-six are heading to the UC system, two are attending private colleges, two are going to four-year universities out of state, and one is in Mexico. Thirty-five percent of the college, or 162 seniors, chose to attend a community college somewhere.
The director singled out some seniors for special recognition, including Yulesa Castro, Rosendo Isai Rojas, and Gabriella Benenati who received their Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Diploma.
Lubinsky also mentioned that despite the pandemic, the school had an Impulse Dance Team performance with Richard Alvarez, Breanna Bravo, Syke Catellanos and Karina Toribio performing on social media video.
Alexia Larios and Simi Singh were celebrated for their first capture at the Virtual Skills USA Regional Virtual Production event.
Ashley Corro won first place in the Mistlin Gallery 2D art competition, while Itzel Guzman took first place in the MJC Collective for Mixed Media.
Michelle Garcia and Everado Mendoza also appeared on the YES Company 30th Anniversary Show in ensemble roles.