Education

Selma grads embark on their future

More than 300 students graduated Thursday from Selma High. But a host of other numbers tell the story of commencement and Selma's graduating seniors:

The school: Selma High

School mascot: Bears

School colors: Black and orange

Number of graduates: 314

Time to complete graduation procession: 17 minutes

Number of valedictorians: 14

Number of salutatorians: 1

Total number of scholarships: 126

Total value of scholarships: $83,350

Some colleges graduates will attend: UCLA, UC Berkeley, Fresno State, San Francisco State, Sacramento State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Attendance at graduation ceremony: about 300

Principal: Mark Babiarz

Superintendent: Mark Sutton

What the school district superintendent said to the Class of 2010: "It has been a pleasure to watch you all become young adults ready to take what's ahead. ... As a group, you are very close to one another. It is impressive to see how you all look out for one another."

Class speakers: All 14 valedictorians had something to say.

Best quotes: "With the closing of this coveted moment, we transcend the bounds of adversity." --Sahil Kang, a valedictorian

"We must know that the past is never ending. With every passing moment, we can improve our past as a whole by making the most of the present moment." --Estevan Ortega, a valedictorian

"There were those times when we felt like giving up, but we kept on going, holding the image of this day in our heads." --Stephanie Garcia, a valedictorian

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