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Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

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The members of the Earl L. Vandermeulen High School’s Class of 2020 received their diplomas in two separate, well-orchestrated ceremonies that signified the school’s 126th commencement exercises on Aug. 1.

The pledge of allegiance led by Student Organization vice president Hana Ali was followed by the Star-Spangled Banner performed by Rachel Park. Both high school principal Mr. Eric Haruthunian and Student Organization president Dylan Dugourd welcomed everyone to the two morning events.

Congratulatory remarks and words of praise and inspiration were presented by Superintendent of Schools Mrs. Jessica Schmettan and parent Mr. Richard Righi, father of Katelynne Righi. Senior Class President James Marci presented the class gift fit for the current time and to honor the community: a donation to both Mather Hospital and St. Charles Hospital, noting that many of the students who grew up in the community were born at St. Charles.

The top two students, valedictorian Christine Iasso and salutatorian Kyle Onghai also addressed their fellow classmates, sharing memories, reflections on their primary education, grateful words to teachers and family members, and words of advice for their fellow graduates.

“We all have the power to make the changes needed to create the brightest future our generation can enjoy,” Christine said, who encouraged her peers to appreciate the planet and one another as they will have the opportunity to affect the lives of all the people they will interact with in the future. Christine will major in sustainable agriculture and food systems at the University of California, Davis and Kyle will attend UCLA to major in mathematics.

Mr. Haruthunian then presented the Class of 2020 to Mrs. Schmettan and Board of Education president Mrs. Ellen Boehm before he called each student to the podium and, as is tradition, highlighted their high school careers and future plans. As they walked to the podium, they were handed their diplomas by Assistant Principal Mr. Kevin Bernier. The Class of 2020 then stood and tossed their caps in the air in celebration of becoming the newest graduates of the high school. Check out more photos on Facebook!

Sunday, September 20, 2020