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Joy Abounds at Graduation

Jun 12, 2024 03:28PM ● By Scott Mullins, photos by Scott Mullins

Dixon High School Assistant Principal Brian Welborn leads graduating seniors to their seats.

DIXON, CA (MPG) - Although the Dixon Rams Class of 2024 high school experience started off unconventionally, it ended with a bang on Finney Field on the morning of Saturday, June 8. The class of 280 proudly walked in their colorful decorated caps and gowns to their seats to the traditional ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ while waving and searching for their family and friends in the bleachers.

Dixon High School Principal Stephanie Marquez thanked and welcomed the graduating class and their families, the Dixon High School faculty, staff, marching band and the many friends and guests in attendance. A moment of silence was held next for those who could not attend and would be missed.

Dixon High School

 You did it! Excited family and friends wait for the Dixon High School ceremony to begin.

Dixon High School acknowledges not just one (like a traditional valedictorian) but all 24 students who achieved a 4.0 grade average, according to Principal Marquez. These students were announced as the Distinguished Scholar recipients and they are Nargis Azfali, Esmeralda Almejo Chavez, Natalia Barcenas, Raymon Carrillo, Miranda Cline, Camryn Elliot, Sierra Fong, Aubrey Fries, Sarai Garcia, Jimena Garcia Salazar, Audrey Graham, Caitlyn Hendershot, Matthew Lazaro, Ismael Lepe, Julissa Lerma, Max Loffgren, Ingeborg Mide, Alexander Morales Gonzalez, Kristi Ortiz, Kaylee Ramirez, Aemonn Rosenberger, John Santos, Easton Silva and Ann Marie Tetteh.

Marquez then announced the 14 students who were being recognized with the State Seal of Biliteracy distinction. These recipients received the distinction for California Academic Proficiency in two or more languages. They are Diego Alvarado Zaragoza, Nahomi Monserrath Carrillo, Ariana Giselle Cuevas Meza, Jimena Garcia Salazar, Alondra Hernandez, Andres Luciano Mendieta Lezama, Abbie Lynn Ming, Alexander Morales Gonzalez, Citalli Moreida, Haley Natalie Oscanoa Yantas, Kaylee Coral Ramirez, Enoc Pedro Robles, Alberto Alejandro Rodriguez Carbajal and Joana Tejeda.

Awards for the High School Hall of Fame and Student Athletes of the year were then announced and congratulated by Marquez.

The commencement address followed, and Marquez shared the stage with 2024 graduating senior and predicted rocket scientist, Kaylee Ramirez. They reminded the students that although their high school experience did not begin the way it should have due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they certainly made up for lost time and brought life back to Dixon High School late in their first semester.

“You are extraordinary!” said Marquez. “You’ve brought joy back to this community.”

Next, ASB President Kirsten Donovan reminded her classmates that “Today is our day” and encouraged them to take advantage of all the opportunities that wait for them.

This was followed by the presentation of diplomas, many more encouraging words and finally the certification of the class and finally a traditional recessional.

Overall, it was an inspiring ceremony for all and the Dixon Independent Voice wish these graduates the best in their future activities.

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 Graduating seniors are visibly excited for their future.