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PVVHS Graduation

Fireworks Accentuate the Ceremonies


By Robert JENSEN
The Desert Independent

June 4, 2012

BLYTHE, Calif – The Class of 2012 is now free of the restrictions of a free and appropriate compulsory public education or, as Valedictorian Tyne Brandon said, “We won’t have to ever be told to get up and go to school ever again.”

The ceremonies were held under the watchful eyes of CERT, School Security, the Citizens on Patrol, two Deputies on bikes and a plethora of teachers and – to their credit – no unpleasantness’s were detected from either the overwhelming crowds of well-wishers nor from folks on the field.

The traditional entrance tune of Pomp and Circumstance was well-played by the High School Band under the direction of Mr. Jose Hernandez as the procession crossed the Football field to the stage.

A dressed-out JROTC Color Guard once again brought the flags to the stage. ASB President Amy Gaona brought the program to order, Laura Sanchez sang a stirring Star Spangled Banner and Jazmin Herrera as well as Miranda Rodriguez let the throng in the Pledge of Allegiance. Senior Class President Sharon Ware welcomed the crowd prior to Dean of Students Les Watkins recognizing a number of Student Achievers. Counselor Karen Brandon introduced Nancy Garibay as the class Salutatorian prior to her address and Counselor Kim Bayles also introduced Tyne Brandon as the Valedictorian.

Advisor Terra Hickox presented the Yellow Jacket of Merit recipients as Sharon Ware, Amy Gaona, Donald Taylor, Jesus Espinoza and Chris Johnson.

The Senior Slide show was a slick production down memory lane and was produced by Victor Green of Media Productions and Paula Johnson of the TOP Club.

Motivation Speaker Patrick Perkins, CA Regional Nominee Teacher of the Year for 2012, gave a reminder of one of his “teachable moments” when his students “wouldn’t quit yapping” and he gave an impromptu writing assignment entitled “Why Am I Here?” for his class. The comments he elicited from that assignment were recounted for their sincerity and affirmation of his role as a teacher.

A local musical group, the “Local Boiz” gave a well-done rendition of songs popular during the year but it would seem that “Fight for Your Right – To Party” was a bit too retro for the current class.

Principal Bonita Bradshaw then handed out the diplomas as the grads trooped across the stage to be congratulated by the current school board and administrative staff. The Alma Mater was rendered by the PVVHS Choir and a short fireworks display closed out a well-done ceremony.

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