They’ve taken their final high school exams, are attending their
proms and are filling each other’s yearbooks with best wishes.
For an estimated 1,200 seniors at five local high schools, all
that remains is donning caps and gowns. The pomp and circumstance
begins Saturday, when Providence High School graduates 137 from the
Class of 2003.
“It’s been a wild journey, and it’s been long,” said Burbank High
School senior Kelly Reichel, 17, whose class is expected to graduate
more than last year’s total of 482. “But I’m leaving with many great
Emilio Urioste, who has been principal at John Burroughs High
School for the past 12 years, said that this year’s seniors had to
endure many changes on campus because of ongoing construction.
However, he added, they are also the first graduating class to
benefit from the new facilities.
“They really have a soft spot in my heart, because they’ve
witnessed a lot of changes,” he said.
According to Urioste, there is a lot more pressure on today’s
graduates to have their path beyond high school mapped out ahead of
time. Although this year’s senior class is exempt from the high
school exit exam, which becomes a requirement next year, today’s
seniors have had many more expectations placed on them because of
state and district assessments, he said.