Graduation marked a major milestone for these adult learners.
Products of the Manteca Adult School, many overcame personal obstacles in order to earn their Certificate of Achievement or diploma.
According to Principal Diane Medeiros, 22 of the 50 members from the Class of 2018 were honored Thursday in a special event held outdoors in front of the Manteca Unified District Office.
She also addressed the graduates with her message: “Defining Moments, A Choice.”
Shylee Conway gave the class speech on “Make Moves or Make Excuses.”
Students and staff had a chance to share their stories in front of family, friends, and special guests who included Interim Superintendent Clark Burke, Deputy Superintendent Roger Goatcher, and school board members Evelyn Moore and Michael Seelye, to name a few.
They were introduced by Manteca Adult School counselor Larry Machado, who also had the honors of welcoming those in attendance.
The class list of graduates consisted of:
Frank Aranda, Rogelio Arreola, Laci Chapman, Sabrina Cook, Yarelli Gonzalez, Amethyst Harrell, Erica Lacy, Ariana Mendoza, Gustavo Nungaray, Winona Onsurez, James Pickett, Alva Ramirez, Elizabeth Soriano, Celina Sanchez, Janae Sohal, Julia Urias Escobar, Laura Zamora, Merly Arciniega, Noemi Carrera, Shylee Conway, Rocky De Leon, Bertha A. Gonzalez Esparza, Sonia Hernandez, Evelyn Lozano Gonzalez, Juan Mendoza Carrillo.
Clementina Lucas Novoa, Monica Orozco, Diana Marie Poe, Esmeralda Ramirez, Gabriella Silveira, Yalid Solis Ramirez, Sabrina Velez, Juanita Kerena Zapata, Robert Armenta, Tamara Castillo, Roger Cook, Julie Frerichs, Veronica Gutierrez Rodriguez, D.J. Howlin, Nicole Rose Martinez, Erica Nixon, Rosario Olmos, Denise A. Rivera Prado, Richard Robinson McGee, Xochitl Rodriguez, Lakisha Smith, Cristell Toro, and Nicholas Wolfson.
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