Loftin Stadium was home to the commencement for graduates from Los Banos High School’s Class of 2013.
With the girls in gold and the boys in cardinal red — each wearing the opposite color mortarboard — more than 240 students crossed the stage to receive diplomas on June 7.
“There will be get-togethers, homecoming games and class reunions throughout the years but tonight is truly the last time the entire class will be assembled together,” Principal Ryan Hartsoch said, in his speech to graduates. “This night will surely be a blur yet contain many memories.”
The Class of 2013 was certainly a very special and accomplished class, Hartsoch said.
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Students graduating with honors numbered 29. Forty-seven scholarships valued at $130,200 were awarded this year.
As is tradition for Los Banos High, the class presidents who served as the Class of 2013 promoted each year reminisced about graduates’ accomplishments.
Valedictorians Tiffany Liu and Raquel Uy shared the stage, accompanied by salutatorian Marcus Carrillo.
Secondary Area Administrator Paul Enos said the valedictorians has kind words for one another. A pleasant result for what can be a hard-fought competition, he said.
The girls ended up with the same GPA, he said, and in many of the same courses and elementary school classes during their career.
Altogether, Enos said, the graduation ceremony went well.
“They had a very successful four years of high school,” Enos said, “both academically and athletically.”