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Duncan Polytechnical grads begin future

Duncan Polytechnical High School said goodbye Wednesday to 205 graduating seniors at Fresno's Saroyan Theatre. Here are some of the highlights:

The school: Duncan Polytechnical

The ceremony: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Saroyan Theatre

School mascot: Stallion

School colors: Orange and blue

Number of graduates: 205

Time to complete graduation procession: About 10 minutes

Number of valedictorians: 10

Number of salutatorians: 1

Total number of scholarships: 26

Total value of scholarships: $329,705

Some colleges graduates will attend: UC Berkeley, UC Merced, UC Riverside, Cal Poly, Fresno State, Fresno Pacific, La Sierra University, Fresno City College

Attendance at graduation ceremony: About 2,000

Principal: Carol Gaab Hansen

What she said to the Class of 2010: "Don't feel entitled to anything you don't sweat and struggle for. Don't assume a door is closed, and if it is closed today, don't assume it will be closed tomorrow. Be decent and fair and insist that others be so in your presence. There are three traits that come to mind for you as a class: hard-working, initiative and persistence. It is these traits that will lead to your success."

Class speaker: Valedictorian Mai Zong Her

Most surprising moment: Mai Zong Her gave an introduction to her speech in three languages -- English, Hmong and Spanish.

Best quote from class speaker: "With time cascading like a waterfall, we allowed our aspirations to be our guide. ... Everyone can accomplish their dreams, but it is the expedition that is unique to each one of us."

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