Last week, around the Imperial Valley, more than 2000 students from the Class of 2010 left their high school years behind as they went through their various Graduation ceremonies.
Brawley Union High School’s Graduation took place on Thursday, June 10th and saw 291 students accept their diplomas and move onto new things. The Valedictorian was Tyler Steimel and the Salutatorian was Samantha Miller
Miller, who earned a 4.53 GPA throughout her high school years and is headed to UCLA for a possible pre-med degree, said “I would like to challenge us all to be the best we can be, even when others say that we are nothing.”
Steimel, who leaves Brawley Union High School with a 4.73 GPA, told his fellow students to “live a balanced life,” adding that “Most people think of the Valedictorian as a nerd… someone who spends every waking moment with their nose in a book, foregoing all activities except academics. But I’ve always valued balancing academics with extracurriculars.”
The Brawley Class of 2010 also gave thanks to Jason Contreras and counselors Bette Hardy and Rubin Felix.
This year, schools tried to keep their ceremonies separate with the exception of Holtville and Calipatria, who held their ceremonies on Wednesday. During the previous week, Central Union and Southwest held their commencement ceremonies as they started their school year a week earlier than everyone else.
Central’s Valedictorian was Erica Leon.
Southwest’s valedictorian was Lakshmi Muralidharan and their salutatorian was Krupa Mukesh Bhatt.
Calexico graduated 511 kids during their exercises on Tuesday, June 8, which was the largest class that the Bulldogs ever passed. Calexico’s students graduated despite school closing in April after the Easter earthquakes. Their Valedictorian was Charles Kim and the Salutatorian was Carlos Sotelo.
Both Holtville and Calipatria held their ceremonies on Wednesday, June 9, and graduated 118 and 80 students respectively.
Holtville’s Valedictorian was Bethany Lehman and their Salutatorian was Eileen Battraw. Calipatria’s Valedictorians are Chelsea Carambas, Geneva Guzman, Ariana Vasquez while their Salutatorian is Yadira Hernandez
High’s graduation was on Friday, June 11th and had 170 students receive their diplomas. The Class of 2010’s Valedictorian is Nayeon Kim and the four salutatorians were Alyssa Ferral, Brianna Ramirez, Gabriel Delgado, Belen Fimbres.
Highlights from Brawley Union High School Graduation