Adelante High School graduates class of 2012

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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Adelante High School graduated the class of 2012 Thursday evening, sending 57 students out into the ?real world.? The ceremony, which took place at Abundant Life Church auditorium on Atlantic Street, began with a speech from Principal Suzanne Laughrea. ?Today, as you leave high school, I want you to think about how you can change the world and make it a better place,? Laughrea told the graduating class. ?We are so proud of you for what you have accomplished so far and for what you will continue to do.? Hundreds of friends and family gathered inside the auditorium to listen to inspirational speeches from school staff and from graduating seniors themselves. Senior Arturo Jimenez said Adelante High School is ?a school like no other,? and he was grateful for the school staff who helped him and guided him to success. ?It?s been an amazing ride down this path,? Jimenez said. ?This is a ride you take once in your lifetime. It?s not about being young, but it's also about being young.? Adelante High School is a continuation school in the Roseville Joint Union High School District that was founded in 1965 with a single classroom. It has since grown to occupy its own campus with new classrooms, a library, amphitheater, cafeteria, administration building, new parking lot and a new computer lab. The school?s curriculum is the same as for all students in the district, with the only difference being the number of elective credits required. All students receive the instruction necessary to meet the state content standards for a high school diploma. Class of 2012 graduate Dalia Flores said she felt a great sense of accomplishment doing something for herself when others doubted her. ?When people tell you that you can?t do something and then you finally do it, to prove it to yourself and not to them, it feels really good,? Flores said. Graduating senior Barbara Robertson said graduating was no easy affair, but she was excited to have achieved such an accomplishment. ?It was hard for me to graduate because I had to go a semester extra,? Robertson said. ?So it?s exciting to be finishing, finally.? At the ceremony, several students were handed out scholarships to further their education, including senior David Echols, who received three separate $1,000 scholarships. The ceremonies concluded when Laughrea and other school staff presented the graduates with their diplomas. ?Take care of yourselves, your family and your friends,? Laughrea told the graduates. ?Enjoy your lives and make us proud so we can continue celebrating your successes.? Toby Lewis can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.