A high school graduation ceremony is one of the most exciting and memorable times a student will experience in their lives.
It’s a major milestone equaled only by his/her wedding day and the birth of children.
Graduation is a time to celebrate accomplishments and give thanks to all those who helped along the way - grandparents, parents, siblings, and other family members, school administrators, teachers, counselors, coaches, and best friends.
The 148 Yosemite High School seniors graduating June 8 will have the added honor of being a member of the 40th graduating class from the school.
The 130 members of the Minarets High School class of 2016 will be honored June 2 at the young school’s fifth graduation ceremony.
The dropout rate at both schools is zero, something to be proud of as the national average was 7% two years ago, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Yosemite and Minarets high schools have talented and dedicated teachers, who are turning out some very bright, well-rounded, and motivated students.
Yosemite teacher, coach, and mentor Ellen Peterson, retiring after a 40-year career at YHS, leaves a legacy that all teachers should attempt to emulate - motivating and inspiring students through her enthusiasm, and authentically caring for each student who entered her classroom. As she says - relationship before curriculum.
We salute the graduates at both Yosemite and Minarets who will attend Sober Grad Night parties after their graduation ceremonies. While most students will make their first wise ‘adult’ decision to attend these parties, there will be a small number of students who feel the ‘rite of passage’ celebration should include alcohol.
It’s important that parents remind their children to never get in a car with anyone who has been drinking or using any other drugs. It’s also important for parents to stress they are always available to their children if they find themselves in a risky situation, and need a ride home.
We congratulate each member of the class of 2016 for your hard work and the accomplishments you have achieved - and we wish each and every one of you good luck in all your future endeavors.
We challenge you to ‘make us proud.’