Congratulations Julian High Class of 2020
Last updated 6/25/2020 at 10:16am
On June 11, the Julian High School held a graduation ceremony for the class of 2020. This year’s graduating class demonstrated the perseverance and fortitude during the last three months of the school year that will define their futures as well.
Just like all of the other students throughout the country, Julian High School seniors had to miss out on special activities that add to the celebrations of the last year in high school. Not only did the quarantine force the students to finish up the school year at home, they also lost the ability to celebrate as a group. They missed out on trips, Prom and senior breakfast and most of all, a traditional graduation ceremony.
During the days and weeks leading up to graduation day, regulations were constantly changing throughout the state however, gathering as a group was still a major obstacle. Julian High School administration and parents worked tirelessly to push for a more traditional ceremony which would include social distancing. However, it was ultimately decided to have a drive-in type of ceremony. Students were allowed one vehicle for their family and instructed to park in the Julian High School parking lot. Chairs were set up for faculty and school board members and a small stage was erected next to the parking lot. The ceremony was broadcasted over Facebook Live allowing distant family and friends to witness the graduation.
With the exception of the way students waited for their name to be called, the graduation ceremony was as close as it could be to a traditional ceremony.
The national anthem was sung by the senior class advisor, Craig Peirson and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by graduating senior, Dustin Flack. Valedictorian Nicole Arias and Salutatorian Cheyenne Booth, both delivered eloquent speeches. Julian High School Principal/Superintendent Dr. Patrick Hefflin presented the graduating class while Governing Board President, Katy Moretti made the acceptance. After all of the graduates were called up to receive their diplomas, the class stood together, while social distancing, and took part in reciting the alma mater.
In the end, the ceremony was a fitting testament to this class’ grit and determination to overcome a global pandemic. Best wishes and congratulations to the class of 2020!
Julian High School Class of 2020 and their Destinations
Nicole Arias – University of California Davis
Sierra Biliunas – Northern Arizona University
Cheyenne Booth – University of San Diego
Rylie Boyd – Laramie County Community College
Erin Conitz – University of Hawai’i
Calea Cruz – Front Range Community College
Dustin Flack – US Coast Guard
Sable Gallegos – Trade School
Oliver Goeders – University of New Mexico
Bradley Kaltenthaler – Palomar College
Jeremiah Laursen – Palomar College
Elise Linton – Fresno State University
Sara Lynn - Workforce
Noah Mueller – University of California Davis
Joshua Osiakowski – Palomar College
Alejandra Pinedo – Palomar College
Rosa Ray – Orange Coast Community College
Kiara Simser – Paul Mitchell School
Makayla Skibiniski – Cosmetology School
Ashley-Ann Smith – Palomar College
Horst Williams – Palomar College