Girls in white gowns and boys in purple peered up at the stands of Pasco’s Edgar Brown Memorial Stadium. Looks of recognition, smiles, waves and pointing erupted as the Pasco High School graduates found family and friends.
Valedictorian Mariya Kucheryavaya and others thanked those families for the support that helped the graduates get through high school.
Principal Raul Sital reminded the 334 members of Pasco High’s 104th graduating class of the life skills of heart, mind, body and soul they have developed as Bulldogs that they will now use in the next steps of their journey.
Denise Guzman, valedictorian and senior class president, said they’ve made it through high school, even if at times, they had their doubts.
Graduate Yazmin Aguilar explained that some students have made it through the challenge of moving to the United States from another country and feeling like kindergartners again as they relearned the basics.
Whether the graduates are headed for a job, college or the military, they can succeed if they continue to persevere, said graduate John Go, the Dean’s List elected speaker.