MONTE VISTA— Monte Vista High School sent 61 Pirates out into the real world during their commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 25. The special morning for graduates and their loved ones started with the Monte Vista High School Band performing “Pomp and Circumstance” as the graduates marched into the Monte Vista High School gymnasium.
Class-co president Tyler Vigil gave a welcome to his fellow graduates and their families. “Today marks the first day we all take our first steps into adulthood leaving all of our high school experiences in the past. Even though we won’t physically be here, we won’t leave the memories behind. These we will cherish forever. Throughout high school you experience the highs and the lows....” Vigil said that he and his classmates had days where it seemed like time was moving too slowly, but then there were days such as playing football under the Friday night lights or dancing at Homecoming that they wished could last forever. “High school has shown me to always work hard and be passionate at whatever I do,” he said.
Tristen Holder than gave an address, speaking about how Monte Vista High School helped develop himself and his fellow graduates. They gained valuable academics and a work ethic that will carry them through life.
Following Holder’s address, Brianna Bounds and Felix Ortega performed a musical selection on guitar and piano— a cover of Lukas Graham’s “Seven Years.” The song was a perfect fit for graduation as the lyrics are about growing up, finding friends and finding a path in life.
Brantlee Webster then gave an address on behalf of Reyes Jabalera-Nevarez who could not be at graduation due to already having being deployed to boot camp for the United States Marine Corps. This was followed by a powerful performance from the Monte Vista High School Band of musical selections including the school fight song.
The Melinda Pinkerton Inspiration Award was presented to a senior who demonstrates success and living with purpose no matter what. This year’s recipient was Amber Michel.
Angelo Rodriguez led the class in a presentation to parents and loved ones. The seniors made their way around the gym searching for their parents and other special individuals who had supported them on their educational journey. There were many smiles, hugs and tears as the seniors gave flowers to these people in a demonstration of appreciation.
The ceremony then took a turn to the main event which was the presentation of diplomas. Principal Scott Wiedeman certified the graduates had successfully completed the requirements set forth by the board of education. Graduates were called up to the podium to receive their high school diplomas. They then turned their tassels and stepped out into the world.