Education

Class of 2009: Livingston High School

SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MARCI STENBERG
All of Livingston's graduating students received a yellow rose, as they walked onto the field during Livingston's Eighty-fourth Annual Commencement exercise, Friday, June 5, 2009 evening.
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MARCI STENBERG All of Livingston's graduating students received a yellow rose, as they walked onto the field during Livingston's Eighty-fourth Annual Commencement exercise, Friday, June 5, 2009 evening. Merced Sun-Star

The ceremony: 8 p.m., Livingston High School football stadium

School mascot: Wolves

School colors: Purple and gold

Number of graduates: 271

Time it took for graduates to march in: 13 minutes

Number of valedictorians: 1 Valedictorian, 1 Salutatorian

Number of California Scholarship Federation lifetime members: 15

Greetings addressed in 5 languages: English, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Urdu

Cutest sign/gift: A tray of cupcakes -- frosted purple and white -- intended for graduate Nancy Garcia. Her friends Andrea Garcia, Diana Macedonio, Molly Valenzuela and Tiffany Carlos prepared them. Why? "Because no one does it," Valenzuela said.

Scholarships: 71 recipients

Other accomplishments: Six seniors had perfect attendance for all four years of high school.

Class gift: A restoration of the football stadium ticket booth and decorative pillars for the "Character Counts" program

Class speakers: Salutatorian Manisha Singh and Valedictorian Harpreet Kaur Chohan

What they said: "Honestly, high school sucks," Singh said. "But the people I met here definitely do not. When friends become family, it's not easy to say goodbye."

One proud parent: Guillermina Vera, mother to 17-year-old graduate Viviana Vera. The family SUV had congratulatory messages painted on all of the windows.

What they said: "I feel happy and proud," Guillermina said in Spanish. "I hope she becomes what she wants in life. She has got big dreams in life and a lot of hope." Viviana will enroll at UC Merced this fall and hopes to become a doctor.

Principal: Ralph Calderon

What they said: "All of these graduates have accomplished many things and I would like to acknowledge their successes," Calderon said. He then had graduates stand to be recognized for honors like community service work and involvement in clubs, athletics and band.

-- Danielle Gaines

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