Nearly three dozen Monterey High School graduates received their
diplomas Wednesday on the grounds of The Walt Disney Co. studios.
It’s a short walk from the studio parking lot to The Disney
Legends Plaza, but for many students like Arshak Khatcherian the road
to get there was rough.
At John Burroughs High School, Khatcherian, 18, was falling behind
in his grades until he transferred to Monterey, an alternative
“Our school motto is ‘A second chance for success,’ ” Khatcherian
His future now includes continuing his education at DeVry
University, where he plans to study computer networking and
Paul Humphreys was in the audience Wednesday evening to see his
daughter, Student of the Year Elisabeth Coleman, receive her diploma
along with 34 other classmates.
“I’m very proud of her,” Humphreys said. “Since she’s gone to
Monterey, she’s done straight ‘A’ work and it’s proven in her
scholarships. I have nothing but kudos for the school and for her.”
Quincy Jackson’s parents, Regina and Chris Scully, are equally
proud of their son.
“Monterey High has been a perfect fit for him,” Regina Scully
said. “Two years ago he was failing. Now he’s graduating with two
Walt Disney Co., which has hosted the Monterey graduation for the
past 12 years, awarded a $1,000 art scholarship to Sarah Estrada and
a $1,000 academic scholarship to Reginald Nacorda.
Monterey students have had to overcome many obstacles, including
poor grades, teenage parenthood or the loss of a parent, said faculty
speaker Barbara Forletta.
Edgar Leon, one of five senior class speakers, told his classmates
that accomplishments are visions that have been fulfilled.
“We are the dreamers of dreams, and we refuse to give up,” Leon
Another 25 seniors who did not participate in Wednesday’s
commencement received their diplomas in February, Monterey art
teacher Peggy Zirves said.