On Thursday, June 13, Esperanza High School (EHS) held its 2019 commencement ceremony where 348 seniors were presented their high school diploma in Nathan Shapell Memorial Stadium.
Of those seniors, 90% have enrolled to further their education at a two or four-year college or university following high school. The EHS Class of 2019 earned over $3.4 million in scholarships including two Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships.
The ceremony included honored guests such as Board of Education Vice President, Eric Padget, and Trustee Karin Freeman, as well as the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) Assistant Superintendent, David Giordano, Executive Director, Richard McAlindin, Director, Cary Johnson, and Principal, Gina Aguilar.
Senior Class President Jada Maglinao, Aztec of the Year Catie Mullner, and Elizabeth Wiriadinata all reflected on their time at Esperanza High School and the many opportunities the school had offered. Principal Aguilar also offered words of wisdom to the graduates, reminding the crowd, “Once an Aztec, Always an Aztec.”
Following the acceptance of the class, the new graduates turned their tassels from right to left while streamer cannons blasted off to conclude the ceremony and the students’ time at Esperanza.
Congratulations, EHS graduates!