Tigers say goodbye

Class of 2011 graduates
By: Michelle Carl Press Tribune Editor
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Graduating felt a bit like saying goodbye. “It’s very sad. I grew up with everybody here basically. They are like my family,” said Adriana Delizo, as she lined up with 454 Roseville High School graduates Thursday. For the Class of 2011, Roseville High School definitely felt like home. But it was time to move on, and grads couldn’t be more excited. “I’m pumped,” said Wade Gallo. Gallo will be headed to the University of Nevada, Reno next year. He says he’ll miss the parties and school activities, from football games to dances. “Everything I could go to, I tried to be there,” he said. Some lamented how quickly it was over. “It’s hard to believe I’m graduating. It went by super fast,” said Meghan Gwilliam, who’s planning to go to Brigham Young University, by way of Sierra College, to study dental hygiene. “I’m going to miss my friends. I’ve been with them six or seven years, and now we’re going to different places and different schools.” Amber Davis said it was the Students Teaching Students program that helped her get through the last year of school. She taught an English language development student from Ethiopia. “That really got me through, just the connection we had,” said Davis, who is off to Chico State in the fall. As the students anxiously awaited their chance to walk, family and friends flowed into the stadium. “I’m extremely proud of him. He’s come a long way in his time here,” said Jane Alexander, who came to watch son Sherman Alexander walk. Sherman is headed to Diablo Valley College and plans to study medicine. Angelina Carruth’s older brothers made a sign and brought an airhorn to cheer Angelina, who is the youngest of seven kids. “I’m not sure I’ve processed it really. No more high school, no more school,” said her mom, Mary Cummings. “I’m very proud of her.” Principal Brad Basham addressed the grads, calling them one of the most kind-hearted and respected classes to ever walk the halls of Roseville High School. They were also one of the most academic. Some 550 AP exams were taken by the Class of 2011. Sixty percent of grads are University of California A-G requirement achievers, one of the highest percentages in Roseville High School history, Basham said. Salutatorians Avery Barnes, Jessica Mah, Katherine Pollard and Heather Staniszewski reflected on surviving the “shift from MySpace to Facebook,” struggles to find parking on campus and whether these would be the best four years of their lives. But Valedictorian Ela Banerjee knew that while they may not be the best years, they were important ones. “Roseville High School is quite simply and incontrovertibly my home,” Banerjee said in her address. “It’s where we learned, or at least started to learn, who we are.”