The La Jolla High School class of 2019 has officially graduated.
On Tuesday, June 11, 322 seniors sat in their cap and gowns at the center of the campus’ Gene Edwards Field, while friends and family watched from the bleachers above. The LJHS Music Department faculty and students led the prelude of the commencement program before three student speakers — ShuShu Crevoshay, Reagan Jetter and Skyla Loux — addressed their peers.
Ian William Dickinson served as the class valedictorian and the class salutatorians were Monica QinLu Liu, Jackson Taylor Richards, and Athena Jewel Tsai. Of the graduating class, 35 students were inducted into the cum laude society as the top 20 percent of their senior class.
“We've all been through a lot together,” said Crevoshay, who is also La Jolla High School’s associated student body president. "Whether we realize it was together or not.
"From stressing out over our debate briefs to those trying nights sitting in front of our computers trying to convince every school we're applying to why their’s is the only one you wish to attend. Even if you were just copying pasting essays on all of our 15 applications.
"That era in our lives has ended and the fleet is about to set sail on a new adventure. Whether that adventure is a gap year, the military or a journey straight into the workforce, it will undoubtedly be the beginning of a new period of growth.”
The school’s principal, Dr. Charles Podhorsky, shared similar sentiments.
“Seniors, this has been a very interesting four years for all of us,” he said. "I know it has made us stronger in our resolve to fight for what is right. For some students, the road to graduation has been smooth sailing. For others, you worked hard and it faced many obstacles.
"High school was a small example of what our adult lives look like. There will be ups and there will be downs in your future but how you handle them will determine the person you will become. As you go forward. If you tackle the challenges like you've done at La Jolla High, I know you will do well."