Family and friends packed the bleachers of the high school football field on Friday, June 19, 2009, to watch the graduating class of 2009 take the next steps in their lives.
The Senior Service, Dragonflicks, and Associated Student Body (ASB) passed out programs, collected flowers and balloons, and set up the chairs on the field as well as the technical equipment. Student and teacher honor guards led the seniors out on the field.
The ASB vice president, Susan Deng started the ceremony by leading the flag salute. This was then followed by the ASB president, Crystal Tung’s speech. Senior Class president, Christine Wang also spoke, followed by a performance by the BrighterSide Singers.
Salutatorian Michelle Leong and valedictorian Paras Savla presented their messages to the graduating class. Principal Mary Jo Fosselman King shared a poem as her gift to the seniors before awarding them with their diplomas.
When the last diploma was handed out, the ’09 graduates tossed their caps up into the air to celebrate the end of their high school careers.
Senior class vice president Jason Fujioka gave the dismissal and the sea of green and gold robes dispersed towards the bleachers, towards their family and friends.
With cameras flashing left and right, the graduates accepted flowers and congratulations from their friends and families. Even though many hugs were given and tears were shed, they knew that it was not time for final good-byes yet. The class of 2009 still had grad night to look forward to and the rest of summer before moving into college dorms.
This article was written by Christine Keung. It was published in the Temple City Voice on July 10, 2009.