What a way to close out the 2018-2019 school year! For the Diploma & GED Program, this year was one for the books with 103 diploma students and 29 GED students completing. To mark their accomplishments, we gathered at the Westminster Mall on the last day of school.
In their caps, gowns and leis, our graduates proudly marched in to rousing cheers from the audience. Principal Curiel kicked off the ceremony with opening remarks, and Diploma student Jediah Andrews led the Pledge of Allegiance. We listened to inspiring, heartfelt speeches from GED students Whitney Bazilewich and Madeline Rijfkogel and Diploma students De'ja Bre'jae Gilliam and Hau Truong.
Then it was time to recognize some special students. Teacher Ann Cosgrove presented 20 students with Recognition of Achievement Awards, each chosen by a member of the HBAS faculty. Community partners were on hand to award students with scholarships to continue their education. The HB Administrators Association awarded $200 to Cristian Ambriz, while SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union awarded $200 each to Tatum Coleman, Juana Borcardo and Karie Schwabl. Simon Youth Foundation presented De'Ja Gilliam with $32,000 and Hau Truong with $8,000 (plus a matching $8,000, given anonymously).
Each student received their diploma or certificate from Principal Curiel and HBUHSD Board Member Diana Carey. We closed the ceremony with the classic turning of the tassels, and then the celebration really began. It's always a joy to see students reap the rewards of hard work, celebrating with the friends, family, teachers and staff that supported them along the way. Congratulations and best of luck to our graduates on your next adventure!
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