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Cardinals leave the nest

June 11, 2014

By Julie R. Johnson, Corning Observer, Calif.

June 11--They marched into the Cardinal Stadium in red and black gowns and caps. Some were wearing cowboy boots, others high heels, and still others in tennis shoes. But all 201 had one thing in common -- they were Corning Union High School's graduating class of 2014.

After a beautiful vocal performance of the Star Spangled Banner was given by graduates Elle Davis and Taylor Barr, the excited and relieved graduates took their seats.

Class President Chance Albee welcomed family, friends and school staff, thanking them for their efforts in helping each graduate accomplish the goal of finishing high school.

The class valedictorians, Monique Davis, Kaitlyn Huntley, Audrey Mora and Nicholas Hoag then took the stage to address the audience and their fellow classmates.

Each of the four personally thanked their families.

Huntley then talked about the memories and traditions "that will stay with us forever."

"A picture is worth a thousand words, but memories are priceless," she said. "Memories that have brought us closer together as a class."

Mora spoke about the class' future.

"Standing before you tonight, I can tell you that we have all earned our wings, and though we have different destinations, they are all futures to be proud of," Mora said.

She went on to note all of the different colleges, universities, tech schools and other careers and educational destinations her fellow classmates have chosen.

"What all of these flights have in common is the ability to find success and happiness wherever they choose to land," Mora said.

Hoag addressed the legacy each graduate can leave.

"It is important to leave behind a legacy, something you will be remembered for," he said. "My parents have taught me two things in life -- keep the people that mean the most to you close, and never give up no matter the circumstances."

Hoag said each of his classmates upon graduation has a blank page to write their owns stories, to decide what their legacy will be.

Corning Union High School District Superintendent John Burch recognized the many achievements and hard earned awards of the graduating class.

"Because of their hard work, dedication and excellence, this past Wednesday at our Senior Awards Night, the Class of 2014 garnered many special honors and earned more than $600,000 in scholarships. Fantastic job," he said.

Corning High School Principal Charlie Troughton introduced the graduates who had accomplished their chosen career pathways program through the school. Those pathways included Home, Health and Recreation; Performing Arts, Dance and Music; Visual Arts; Agriculture and Natural Resources; Business Technology; A-G College Prep; and the honor grads of the California Scholastic Federation.

Also recognized were the graduates going into the country's military service.

When Troughton asked all graduates who are registered to attend a state university, a private college or university, a community college, a technical school or some other formal training program to stand up, at least 95 percent of the graduates did so.

"These graduates are graduating on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy invasion," Troughton said. "I hope you will move forward with the same heart and fervor that those soldiers demonstrated 70 years ago. Seniors, may God bless you in all your endeavors."

The graduates, one at a time, where then announced by Troughton and personally presented their diplomas by CUHSD Board members Pauletta Bray and Todd Henderson.

It was then time for the graduates to move their tassels on their caps and the cheers went wild.

But all was not done. Each graduate was invited to attend Sober Grad Night at Java Lanes bowling alley on Solano Street in Corning, to celebrate with their classmates, in a safe, alcohol-free environment, their graduation from high school.

Sober Grad was organized by the CHS Parents Club.


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