Four years of high school culminated in graduation Friday for more than 200 Exeter High seniors. Here are some of the highlights of their commencement ceremony:
The school: Exeter High
The ceremony: 7 p.m. Friday at Exeter Stadium.
School mascot: Monarch lion
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School colors: Blue and gold
Number of graduates: 221
Time to complete graduation procession: 7 minutes.
Number of valedictorians: 1, Rebeccah Terhune
Number of salutatorians: 1, Joseph Newman
Total number of scholarships: 70
Total value of scholarships: $82,600
Some colleges graduates will attend: UC Berkeley; Cedarville University (Ohio); UC Merced, California State University, Fresno; UC Irvine; Lane Community College (Oregon); College of the Sequoias.
Attendance at graduation ceremony: 2,000-plus.
Most surprising moment: During the moment of silence, some people in the audience recited the Lord's Prayer in unison to protest a decision to not have a traditional invocation.
Principal: Frank Silveira
What he said to the Class of 2010: Speaking about students who received California Scholastic Federation honors, "These honor their commitment to academic excellence."
Class speakers: Rebeccah Terhune and Joseph Newman
Best quotes from valedictorian and salutatorian: "Changes, even if they are for the best, can be difficult to accept. I'm sure each member of the class of 2010 has the courage to accept change." -- Terhune
"I hope we don't waste our lives. We don't know how long or short they will be." -- Newman