Fresno High School graduated 485 seniors tonight (June 8) who bid their goodbyes in a Fresno Unified School District commencement ceremony held at the Save Mart Center.
The Warriors’ Class of 2016 boasted two Latinas as its Summa Cum Laude graduates, Abigail Ramírez and Daniela Hernández.
Ramírez, who participated in the school’s folkloric dance group, is a California Scholarship Lifetime Member, will study Biomedical Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Hernández, who performed in the symphonic and jazz band and marching band, will attend the University of California, Los Angeles and major in English.
Isabel “Izzy” Maldonado gave the first of two Valedictorian addresses. Maldonado, the Associated Student Body President, will major in Dance or Education at either California State University, Fresno or the University of California, Santa Barbara.
“Fresno High has shown us that each of us has special things to offer. Fresno High has taught us, that regardless of the obstacles or the adversity, we will get by no matter what we will do,” said Maldonado.
Maldonado recalled driving in a car with her mother and watching someone waving a sign that read “Smile, wave and be happy,” saying after two years, she still remembers the message the man wanted to say.
Maldonado also gave the Valedictorian address at her eighth-grade graduation.
Fresno Unified School Boardmember Carol Mills assisted in the ceremony. According the graduation program, over $500,000 in scholarships and Cal Grants has been awarded to the graduates to attend higher education.