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Class of 2009: Independence High School

SUN-STAR PHOTO BY LISA JAMES
Alyssa Williams, left, Yianelli Martinez and Tara White join the graduates of Independence High School in the custom of switching their tassles from right to left during Friday night's graduation cremony.
June 5th, 2009
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY LISA JAMES Alyssa Williams, left, Yianelli Martinez and Tara White join the graduates of Independence High School in the custom of switching their tassles from right to left during Friday night's graduation cremony. June 5th, 2009 Merced Sun-Star

The ceremony: 7 p.m., UC Merced's Gallo Recreation Center

School mascot: Lions

School colors: Teal, gold and black

Number of graduates: 52

Time it took for graduates to march in: 6 minutes

Greetings addressed in: English

Class speakers: Kaitlin Nichole Jarwin and Joseph Allen Warwick

What they said: Both student speakers noted that Independence High graduates have overcome much more than most students graduating from traditional high schools. "We are individualists," Jarwin said.

Added Warwick, "We are proof of hard work and dedication ... Like architects who design homes, we build the foundation for our own futures."

Scholarships: Rebecca Marie Shaner, Bloss Scholarship $300

One proud parent: Chuck Baucom, father of 18-year-old Charles David Baucom

What he said: "I'm so proud of him for making it this far. It was a long road for him, but he did it."

Principal: Claudia Anderson

What she said: "Tonight we join together to celebrate our graduates. ... For them, there are no such things as limits on their growth."

-- Corinne Reilly

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