Esperanza High School Celebrates its Class of 2024

Esperanza High School Class of 2024

On Thursday, June 14, Esperanza High School (EHS) held its 2024 commencement ceremony at Nathan Shapell Memorial Stadium, where 311 seniors were awarded their high school diplomas.

Among these seniors, 88% have enrolled to continue their education at a two- or four-year college or university. The EHS Class of 2024 also included 35 Distinguished Scholars.

The ceremony featured honored guests such as Board of Education President Leandra Blades, Vice President Todd Frazier, PYLUSD Superintendent Dr. Alex Cherniss, Executive Directors Dr. Liz Leon, Dr. William Gray, and Dr. George Lopez, Director Gina Aguilar, and Principal Jeff Giles.

Students Camdyn Melvin and Emma Beelner addressed the crowd with reflections on their time at Esperanza and well wishes for their fellow graduates. Class Valedictorians Camille Oteyza and Julia Globisz were also recognized.

Principal Giles shared words of optimism with the graduates, saying, “This is not a time for me to give you some great wisdom, but rather an opportunity to express my gratitude. You come to school every day and we, the adults, teach you. But here’s a little secret, we also learn from you. With the help of the faculty and staff at Esperanza, I wanted to highlight a number of students and express our gratitude for what you have taught us.”

Following the acceptance of the class by President Blades and the presentation of diplomas, the new graduates turned their tassels from right to left while streamer cannons blasted off, concluding the ceremony and marking the end of their time at Esperanza.

Congratulations, EHS graduates!

Click here to view Esperanza’s ceremony on the district’s YouTube Channel.

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