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Spartans Unite Day precursor for LHS classes
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From left, Leadership students Oscar Calix, Kenneth DeGuzman and Haniyeh Semsar, working at Tuesday’s Spartans Unite Day, look forward to their final year at Lathrop High. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
LATHROP – They’ve had seniority since Day 1 at Lathrop High.

Now they’re finally seniors.

Members of the first-ever graduating class are gearing up this week for their final year of high school. Many spent their ninth-grade year at Sierra High before moving to the brand new campus at the end of West Lathrop Road.

They’ve been at the top of the pecking order since their sophomore year. Looking back, these classmates took that notoriety in stride.

“When I first came here it was like going to another high school,” said Haniyeh Semsar, who is involved in her community while serving as Miss Lathrop.

She’s part of the leadership program under the direction of dean of student activities Allison Birakos.

Leadership students will be on hand to help out today for Spartans Unite Day for sophomores and freshmen. They’re hoping to continue the tradition that they – the seniors – established over the past few years.

For that reason, Oscar Calix decided to join the Leadership program.

“This is my senior year and I wanted to go out with a bang,” he said.

As a member of the basketball and baseball squads, Calix is active in the school and various activities as is fellow senior Kenneth DeGuzman.

He’s a local Junior Ambassador and involved in Youth Focus of Lathrop. DeGuzman is also on the Spartans football, wrestling and golf teams.

He recalled his early years at Lathrop High.

“At the time, it seemed like just another year,” DeGuzman said. “But the now I’m a senior, I’m hoping things will be different.”

As seniors, he and his fellow classmates can look forward to leading a student body consisting of an enrollment close to 1,100.

As the Class of 2011, they’ll make history by becoming the first to receive diplomas from Lathrop High.

They’ve waited three years, blazing a path for others at the school to follow.