(Photo above left) Santa Paula High School Class of 2013. This is the last class to graduate from the Santa Paula Union High School District. (Above right) Students celebrate after receiving their diplomas.

2013 Santa Paula High School Graduation

June 07, 2013
Santa Paula High School

The Class of 2013 was the last class to graduate under the Santa Paula Union High School District at Tuesday evening ceremonies on Jones Field. This was the 124th class to be granted high school diplomas since 1888. The stands were overflowing with family, friends and well wishers for the event. 

Next year will mark the first graduating class under the new Santa Paula Unified School District, which was created by the voters last year. The new district takes over the high school and elementary districts on July 1.

The first to address the crowd was ASB President Scott Black. He thanked everyone who attended the ceremonies: “It is because of you that we are all sitting here today; the love, support and guidance from family and friends has acted as the backbone to most of our success.”

Black told his classmates not to feel sad that their high school days are over, but to be thankful for the experience. “Feel fortunate to have learned and grown at this amazing place with amazing people, because this is only the beginning - just another chapter in life.... Every person we have met, every battle we have fought and every heartbreak we have suffered has shaped us into who we are today. Santa Paula High School has taught us all so much, whether it was in the class, on the field or out in the world. The lessons we have learned here will last us forever; they have established a foundation for which we can continue to build and grow.”

Black concluded, “I challenge every single one of you to go out into the world with the intent of making a positive impact and leaving a lasting impression.”

Senior Class President Daniel Cancino reminded the senior class that each of them has an important responsibility. He said, “Think before you speak and take small steps before large leaps. I am confident that each one of you can and will make a difference in this world. Don’t let anyone discourage you and tell you it can’t be done. Anything is possible as long as you are determined and work hard.”

Co-Valedictorian Magali Bedolla thanked family friends and staff for their support. “Our high school journey will be unforgettable because it will be a memory that will last forever,” she said. “Our future starts now; all the past stays behind but who we were in high school stays with us. Now it is our time to reach all our goals and even though there might be obstacles in the future, when we overcome them the reward will be great. It is like a race. You still need a long way to get there but don’t give up now. Continue your race and do whatever it takes for you to enjoy your life in a healthy way.”

Co-Valedictorian Beatriz Jimenez told the gathering, “High school is an experience that we will take with us beyond this town to our new home, whether that be Ventura College, CSU Channel Islands, Northridge, Fullerton, UCSB, UC Davis, or maybe even Kansas.”

Principal Elizabeth Garcia told the graduates, “You have been a part of a legacy of learning at a school that has been in existence since 1888 and represent the 124th class to be granted high school diplomas. Today is a momentous and historical occasion because you are the last graduating class of the Santa Paula Union High School District. Class of 2013, we stepped foot on this campus and became Cardinals together four years ago, now I bid you farewell as we launch you into the world to soar to new heights.”

Garcia also noted, “My role as principal has been to serve each and every one of you graduates. You’ve inspired me by sharing and giving yourselves to your community by the thousands of hours of community service that you have accrued. It is with that spirit of generosity that I know the teachers and staff at Santa Paula have done an outstanding job.”

After receiving their diplomas, the senior class staged a flash mob dance before being excused to gather together with family in the McMahon Gym courtyard.

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