Education Lab

'The future looks bright' for Visalia grads

The school: Redwood High School, Visalia

The ceremony: 7:30 p.m. at Mineral King Bowl

School mascot: Rangers

School colors: Blue and white

Number of graduates listed in program: 370

Time to complete graduation procession: 12 minutes

Number of valedictorians: 0

Number of salutatorians: 0

Some colleges graduates will attend: Princeton, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Fresno State, Brigham Young University-Provo, University of Nevada-Reno

Total number of graduates getting scholarships: 90

Total value of scholarships: $70,275

Attendance at graduation ceremony: about 3,000

Most surprising moment: Jefferson "Hap" Paine welcomed the audience to the graduation ceremony by walking to the podium. Last fall, he was in a wheelchair with a pinched nerve he got in weight training and was virtually paralyzed.

Principal: Todd Oto

What he said of the class of 2010: "This is a class that understood 'we' more than 'me.' These kids sought simply to be themselves, to be proud, to be creative."

Class speaker: Alexandra Martinez

Best quote from outgoing Visalia Unified School District Superintendent Stan Carrizosa: "We look into the eyes of these young people every day, and we're here to tell you the future looks bright."

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