400+ to graduate in IWV

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

The local Class of 2014 will include 302 graduates from Burroughs High School, 32 from Mesquite High School, 65 from Sierra Sands Adult School, eight from Immanuel Christian High School and 12 from Trona High School.

David Ostash, principal of BHS, characterized graduation as a rite of passage. “The class of 2014 is a wonderful class. They have contributed to our legacy of excellence, but also have contributed uniquely to some of the fun and many personal relationships we forge with each other,” he said. “They’ve done their jobs. As individuals, we’ll miss them and hope they’ve gathered the tools to be successful in industry or post-secondary education or as patriots in the armed services.”

He went on to say he was just hoping for good weather for the graduation Friday, May 30, as the event will be outdoors on the BHS Football Field at 8 p.m.

The annual Safe Grad Night party will be held the same night, May 30, at the Oasis Pool in China Lake. Committee members have been working for months toward this event, with fundraisers, sponsors and planning meetings.

“We hope all our grads will attend the Safe Grad event on base,” said Ostash. “The parents and community members who have been working so hard on this are ready and it’s all due to the generosity of our community, businesses, churches and individuals. We’re ready to give them a great party.”

Immanuel Christian School will hold a reception following their graduation Thursday.

“We’re proud of our graduates,” said Kim Kramer, office manager. “Seven going off to college and one is going into the Army. Our grads have been accepted to colleges from Grand Canyon University to California Polytechnic State University to California State College at Fullerton to Azusa Pacific University. They’ve all gotten scholarships and are remarkable students. Most have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and most are members of the National Honor Society as well.”

Trona’s grads will enjoy a Baccalaureate ceremony on June 1 at 8 p.m. in the high school auditorium, with their graduation of 12 students in the school’s gymnasium on Friday, June 6. “All our graduating seniors are very unique, it’s a diverse class,” said Dave Olney, Superintendent of Schools for the Trona Joint Unified School District. “They all have so much to offer. We have Danielle Cox, who is being recognized by California State College at San Bernardino as being in the top one percent in our district. She will receive a significant scholarship and attend that college. She is also receiving a regional award for the Regional Occupational Program for career technical education, in addition to being a fantastic volleyball and softball player. None of our graduates are one-dimensional, there’s a whole lot of talent here.

“Everything kicks everything off on Thursday night. The Senior Trip will be on Thursday. They’re going to Knott’s Berry Farm, Magic Mountain and Medieval Times, all on the same trip. They’ll be escorted by limo, with lots of chaperones, Then there’s the Baccalaureate ceremony on Sunday. That’s not just for seniors, it’s for all high school students in general,” said Olney.

The Sierra Sands Adult School graduated 65 students on May 23. “The Adult School program is such a great gift that our wonderful community offers to our students,” said Kristy McLaughlin, teacher. “Every graduate this year shares such a wonderful, unique story and they are a group of individuals who have had to overcome and face some exceptional hurdles and obstacles to get to be where they are today. They have all shown such bravery and dedication by coming back to school to finish the high school portion of their education. I feel truly honored as their teacher to be able to be a part of this journey with them all.”

Story First Published: 2014-05-28