Our Diploma and GED graduation ceremony took place at the Westminster Mall on June 15th. We celebrated 91 students who completed high school diploma and 15 students who passed and received their high school equivalency.
At the ceremony, students and guests heard from guest speaker Briana Johnson, a former HBAS student who was awarded the Simon Youth Scholarship in spring of 2016. She was followed by student speaker Reanna Holland, who received a 2017 Recognition of Achievement Award and 2017 Schools First Scholarship.
HBAS Math Teacher Ann Cosgrove presented several students with Recognition of Achievement Awards, which are chosen by HBAS teachers. She explained how “these students stood out to their instructors, be it for harder work than anyone else or having to do more work than anyone else, and some students stand out for their attitudes.”
Then our College & Career Specialist, Valerie Beachly, presented scholarship awards to students chosen for their “perseverance, attendance, and academic promise.” These scholarships will help students in their further pursuit of higher education.
Principal Steve Curiel introduced Dr. Michael Durnil, Executive Director of the Simon Youth Foundation. Dr. Durnil awarded Lisa Marie Tickenoff a $8,000 college scholarship.
After students were called up by name to receive their diplomas and certificates, District Board Member Kathy Iverson accepted the class of 2017, making them official graduates of the Huntington Beach Union High School District.
Thanks to all of the family and friends who joined us to celebrate our 2017 graduates. Congratulations, Class of 2017!
Recognition of Achievement Award Recipients:
Kolby Barton • Maria Sandoval • Evelyn Iniguez • Alissa Arreola • Mark Elvidge
• Su Moran • Ruben Del Villar • Reanna Holland • Amber Castaneda
Huntington Beach Administrators Association (HBAA): • Cynthia Aquino Garcia • Arlette Bautista
Schools First Federal Credit Union (SFFCU): • Evelyn Iniguez • Michael Sweeny • Reanna Holland
Simon Youth Foundation: • Lisa Marie Tickenoff