On Thursday, June 17, Esperanza High School (EHS) held its 2021 commencement ceremony where 370 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 2021 earned over $2.1 million in scholarships, included 108 Career Link Academy/Pathway completers, 77 Seal of Biliteracy Completers, 9 Century League Championships, 2 CIF Finalists, and 5 seniors serving their country in the military after graduation.
The ceremony included honored guests such as Board of Education Vice President, Carrie Buck and Trustees Leandra Blades and Shawn Youngblood as well as the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) Superintendent, Dr. Jim Elsasser, Assistant Superintendent, David Giordano, Executive Director, Cary Johnson, Director, Olivia Yaung, and Principal, Gina Aguilar.
Valedictorian, Matthew Nguyen, and student, Emilia Shahverdian, both 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!
To view Esperanza’s ceremony, visit the district’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/dmYaVHkeRFE.