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Wilson celebrates 8 grads in commencements

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

It may have been a very blustery day, and the graduates holding on tightly to their mortarboards to not lose them, but nothing could dampen the eight Wilson High School seniors’ day as they celebrated their commencements Saturday morning (May 28) at the school’s football field.

The Valedictorian was Leslie Pantoja, while the Salutatorian was Kristen Coronado.

Pantoja talked about how she felt. “I stand before you an embodiment of conflictedness,” she said, adding there were “warring emotions” of happiness and sadness as the commencement was the end of a trying journey.

“While a new one will now begin, as we will all begin to prepare of our future academic and social endeavors, the feeling of anxiety and

sadness also fills me,” she admitted. “I feel as though I’m leaving what has been my second home of the past 15 years. I have become connected to people of this school as well as the campus itself. It may sound disingenuous to say that I will miss each and every one of you, but all of you in some way – no matter how small – have shaped me into the person I am today.”

For more information, including other parts of commencements, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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