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Ripon High graduates nearly 190 seniors
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Ripon High senior class president Blake Galeazzi talks to his fellow senior classmates about their high school accomplishments. - photo by GLENN KAHL

RIPON - Nearly 190 high school graduates were presented their diplomas Friday night in Ripon High’s Stouffer football field with stands packed with families and friends.

Seventy-five students were listed on the honor roll and nine had the distinction of being members of the California Scholarship Federation.

A patriotic presentation of the colors was delivered by members of the Ripon JROTC unit dressed in Class A uniforms.

Seven members of the music ensemble class sang the National Anthem at the beginning of the ceremonies and class president Blake Galeazzi presented the welcome address to his fellow classmates and the audience as well.

Salutatorian Eileen Shiu gave her speech on the topic “Wake Up,” followed by Valedictorian James Cwick with his presentation entitled, “Perseverance.”

Principal Lance Morrow read the class motto aloud before the graduation assembly saying it was something the graduates should remember well in their everyday lives.

“I shall pass through the world but once.  If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do, let me do it now….For I shall not pass this way again.”  Those were the poetic words of Etinne de Grellet.

The presentation of the diplomas was made by members of the Board of Trustees: Mrs. Donna Parks, Mr. Larry Stewart, Mr. Ernie Tyhurst, Mr. Mike Fisher and Mr. Jack DeLiddo.

The recessional was a rendition of “Float On” by Modest Mouse.