Renaissance High School held its graduation ceremonies in the Santa Paula High School auditorium this year as 48 seniors marched down the aisle to receive their diplomas. (Photo by Brian D. Wilson)

Renaissance High School graduates 48 seniors

June 09, 2010
Santa Paula News

Renaissance High School held its graduation ceremonies in the Santa Paula High School auditorium this year as 48 seniors marched down the aisle to receive their diplomas. Two students were chosen to address the graduating class, as well as parents, family and friends in the audience.

Salutatorian Alex Lovato Robinson told the gathering, “I never would have thought I’d be attending Renaissance High School, much less graduating from here, but here we are today.” He noted he started out at Santa Paula High School and always heard negative comments about Renaissance and how it was for “bad kids.” He said his sister also attended Renaissance, “so I knew it couldn’t be all that bad. All I knew is, she always had a good time and now I know why. Since I’ve been here I’ve observed opportunities here that other schools didn’t have.”

He said at RHS they had the luxury of working at their own pace, “knowing we could not fail as long as we gave it our best.” He noted he always learned something valuable, “whether it was learning how to write your own resume from Ms. Kelley, or Mr. Moraza reminding you that time is enemy number one. Even learning administrative skills from Carmen, if you had the pleasure, while being a teachers’ aide.”

He added that had he stayed at SPHS he probably wouldn’t have been so involved. “Here I was able to be a part of our wonderful ASB with Mr. Garcia and Ms. Martinez, alongside some of my classmates organizing events to make the days at RHS even more fun.”

Next to speak was the Valedictorian Stephanie Coronado. She said the past two years at RHS have been nothing but amazing and rewarding, “from our trips to the museum in L.A. to our arts awards ceremonies.”

She said, “I want to take this time to thank the teachers in my own special way. Dr. Williams, thank you for your patience with me, even though I might have driven you crazy. Mrs. Kelley, you’re the reason why I loved English so much, aside from your sense of humor. Mr. Conrad, you’ve been with me every step of the way in my most disliked subject, math. You’re brilliant at math and it rubbed off on me. Mr. Kidd, there’s so much I can say about you. I’ll leave it at you’re the most amazing history/P.E. teacher.”

To her classmates she added, “We made it through high school. We did this together every step of the way. We all made our mark as Knights. Just remember, this isn’t the end - it’s just the start of a new beginning.”

Senior Class ASB Representative Ruby Vargas also addressed the 40th Renaissance graduation ceremonies. She said, “Renaissance is known as the bad school where the bad kids go, but we are not what everyone says or thinks; we just made mistakes and Renaissance gave us a chance to fix them.”

 





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