The Meythaler family added another chapter to its family history when
Kristen Meythaler, 18, became part of a third generation to graduate
from Burbank High School.
Meythaler is one of 567 seniors of the Class of 2003. Her mother,
Laurie, graduated in 1979 and grandparents Tom and Bonnie Winning
were in the classes of 1956 and 1959.
“I’m going to cry,” Laurie Meythaler said. “This is very
Rounding out the family gathering at Friday evening’s commencement
exercises at the Starlight Bowl were dad Joe Meythaler and his
parents, Shirley and Howard Meythaler.
Tasha Foschetti, 17 said she is closing one chapter in her life
and beginning a new one.
Influenced by faculty members Wendy Miller, Dave Thompson and
Richard Sarquiz, Tasha said she will enter Cal State Northridge in
the fall to study for her teaching credentials.
“They made school fun, and it inspired me to want to make a change
in peoples’ lives,” Tasha said.
Senior speaker Jill Hensiek recalled the 800 days of high school,
beginning in September 1999.
“This is the one day we will never forget -- June 20, 2003, our
high school graduation,” Hensiek said.
Andy Wilcox spoke of the tremendous changes happening in the world
during their four years of high school.
Corporate fraud, a $35-billion state debt eroding education and
welfare programs, and a desperate yearning for global peace have all
happened in a short period.
“It’s a world vastly different than the world we knew four years
ago,” Wilcox said.
Wilcox encouraged classmates to help make Earth a better place.
With the highest grade-point average, Aleksey Pesterev is this
year’s valedictorian, and Ara Abrahamian is the class salutatorian,
receiving the second-highest GPA.