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Class of 2009: Buhach Colony High School

SUN-STAR PHOTO BY LISA JAMES
Just before their graudate status is announced, Morgana Dallas, left, and Casssie Kalapsa, right, wait for the final moment when they can switch their tassles during Buhach Colony's graduation ceremony Thursday evening.
June 4th, 2009
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY LISA JAMES Just before their graudate status is announced, Morgana Dallas, left, and Casssie Kalapsa, right, wait for the final moment when they can switch their tassles during Buhach Colony's graduation ceremony Thursday evening. June 4th, 2009 Merced Sun-Star

The ceremony: 8 p.m., Buhach Colony High School Amphitheater

School mascot: Thunder

School colors: Gold and black

Number of graduates: 395

Time it took for graduates to march in: 14 minutes

Number of valedictorians (4.24 gpa or above): 7, Salutatorians (4.1 - 4.239 gpa): 10

Number of California Scholarship Federation lifetime members: 53

Greetings addressed in four languages: English, Spanish, Hmong, Portuguese

Cutest sign/gift: "Congrats Chouie and Fue"

Overheard: "What if it rains right now?"

Class speakers: Chou Xiong, Katlyn Cook and Matt Brown

What they said: "It is said too much of life is spent waiting for something great to happen. Tonight, we wait no longer," Xiong said. "When we step off this campus, it signifies our entry into the world of adults. We are going to be the underdogs again. It's us versus real life."

"'Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse,'" Xiong said, quoting former New York Mayor Edward Koch. "So class of 2009, light up the sky."

Said Brown, "It's not over yet. We are in this for the long haul. The really long haul."

Scholarships: $1,086,000

Other accomplishments: The class gift was money for the library to buy more book. A flock of ducks was let off into the sky as the ceremony began.

One proud parent: Darlene Bradford, mother of 18-year-old Christopher Jordan

What they said: "We're very proud of all these kids. They're going out into the world to explore," she said.

Principal: John Olson

Faculty speaker: John Hall

What he said: "You have all overcome your obstacles and adversities. ... You're moving on and moving out. ... I know you will all accomplish wondrous things. Good luck and God speed."

-- Scott Jason

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