PASO ROBLES — Alternative high school students from Paso Robles graduated last Thursday during a ceremony at War Memorial Stadium. A total of 110 students participated: 76 students graduating from Liberty High School and 34 from Independence High.
The Valedictorian for Independence High this year is Rhett Varian and the Salutatorian is Rachael Kwiatkowski. For Liberty, the Valedictorian is Keoniana Huihui and the Salutatorian is Keilee McWhirter.
“The graduation last week was a wonderful time to recognize the hard work of our students and a special time for friends and family who came to celebrate,” said Principal Nate Maas, who was recently named PRJUSD Administrator of the Year. “The ceremony had great student participation with four of our students from Civil Air Patrol Squadron 446 providing an honor guard with flags, four student’s spoke, and another sang the National Anthem.”
District representatives in attendance included Superintendent Chris Williams, the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees and cabinet and elementary and secondary district administration.
“Community support was clearly evident during the ceremony,” Maas said. Scholarships were presented to students from the Kayla Peach Memorial Foundation, Optimist Club, RE/MAX Up with Kids!, Paso Robles Kiwanis, Paso Robles Rotary, and the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation.
Within the two high schools of 110 students, 56 will attend Cuesta College, while three have committed to Allan Hancock College. Others will attend The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield Barber College and Universal Technical Institute. Several students will enter the U.S. Armed Forces, five students plan on attending cosmetology schools, 23 students will enter the workforce and 13 are still undecided.