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La Cañada High School graduates enter the next phase

June 14, 2013|By Sara Cardine
  • A graduate celebrates after receiving her diploma during the La Cañada High School commencement on Thursday, June 13, 2013 in La Cañada.
A graduate celebrates after receiving her diploma during… (Photo by Libby Cline )

If anything can be said about La Cañada High School's graduating class of 2013, it's that they are utterly unafraid to let their light shine and, in doing so, make the world a brighter place.

Graduates were a sight to behold Thursday evening as they streamed enthusiastically onto the field of Spartan Stadium. The tops of their maroon and gold mortar boards were decorated with signs, symbols and pictures hinting at next steps — logos of colleges near and abroad (Vassar, Emory, Brigham Young, UCLA and UC Davis to name a few), pictures indicating travel or, in one case, an intriguing felt question mark.

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Speakers, too, gave clues into the lives and minds of seniors, quoting pop icons Miley Cyrus and Jay-Z and the tried and true wisdom of Robert Frost and Jack Kerouac.

ASB President Amy Young reveled in admiration for rapper/producer Jay-Z, honoring him for his steadfast commitment to greatness and influence on the world, while encouraging students to stand independently.

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"I'm sure everyone here today has their own Jay-Z," Young told the crowd. "Today, we politely thank those role models and tell them we'll take it from here. Class of 2013, we got 99 problems, but high school ain't no longer one of them."

Matt Jones comically took fellow grads back to seventh-grade, when backpacks were bigger than students, advising they take momentary pause from striving for future gains to bask in the ever-fleeting present.

"We're all going to look back and say these were the best times of our lives," he said. "Life's going to be fantastic. Let's just appreciate the now."

LCHS Principal Ian McFeat offered a literal appreciation of the class' accomplishments, replacing his own mortar board with an LCHS baseball cap before saying, "Now it's my turn to do a little bragging about you guys."

This year's 372 graduates maintained an average GPA of 3.8, he said, the highest being a 4.74. Among their ranks were 120 California Scholarship Federation Gold Sealbearers and three U.S. Presidential scholars.

Graduates will attend prestigious colleges all over the country, including five of eight Ivy League schools. Collectively, they'd earned $5,301,744 in scholarships.

"As a first-year principal, I couldn't think of a better class to be a principal for," McFeat concluded, introducing the ceremonial awarding of diplomas.

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