The 13 new graduates of Hayfork High School got an affectionate sendoff from the school and community Friday night as they each strike out on their own path.
The Class of 2019 has had its challenges. Due to the discovery of mold in the buildings, students attended school at Hayfork Elementary at one point before moving into portables on the Hayfork High School campus. In fact, the graduation ceremony Friday was held at the Hayfork Elementary School gymnasium.
But that wasn’t the focus.
Several described their classmates and teachers as family.
Class President Marina Guilfoile welcomed the many community members who attended, and congratulated her classmates on their accomplishment.
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The Veterans of Foreign Wars presented the colors before the graduation ceremony Friday at the Hayfork Elementary School gym.
Class President Marina Guilfoile offers up the welcoming address.
Austin Canavesio provides a thank-you to Hayfork.
“I felt we were more of a family than a class,” said Salutatorian William Vang.
Class Valedictorian Rheanna Adams is headed for UC Davis.
Teacher Shannon Barnett was the keynote speaker, and urged the students “Don’t let school get in the way of your education.”
Mountain Valley Unified School District Supt. Debbie Miller certifies the students are eligible for graduation.
Hayfork High School graduates celebrate with the traditional tossing of caps at the end of Friday night’s ceremony.
Hayfork’s DJ Case flips over his graduation.