Clovis News

550 Clovis High Cougars graduate

Editor's note: This is the fifth of six high school graduations The Bee is spotlighting.

The school: Clovis High

The ceremony: 7:30 p.m. at Lamonica Stadium

School mascot: Cougar

School colors: Blue and gold

Number of graduates: 550

Time to complete graduation procession: 13 minutes, 21 seconds

Number of valedictorians: 8

Number of salutatorians: 2

Total number of scholarships: 166

Total value of scholarships: $2.4 million

Some colleges graduates will attend: California State University, Fresno; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Fresno Pacific; University of California at Los Angeles; University of California at Irvine; University of California at Merced; Dartmouth; West Point; Gettysburg College; Azusa Pacific University; Arizona State University.

Attendance at graduation ceremony: More than 7,000

Most surprising moment: 17 of the students had perfect attendance throughout high school

Principal: Pam Winter

What she said to the Class of 2010: "I challenge the graduates to treasure the relationships they have with their fellow students and with their families -- invest time, stay in touch, visit with your grandparents and talk with Mom and Dad. It's important."

Class Speaker: Camille van Putten

Best quote: "If there's one thing our class doesn't lack, it's passion. And it will take an ample amount of zeal to overcome the problems facing us today. Our single-minded determination will now be rewarded. We are motivated to change our world for the better, even if it means stepping outside our comfort zone."