MENDOTA – Another school year was completed at Mendota High School when 118 seniors from the Class of 2022 received their diplomas at the MHS graduation ceremony on May 14 in the gymnasium.
Once the seniors were seated following the processional, principal Denise Aughenbaugh delivered the welcome address. She said the faculty and staff of Mendota High School could not be prouder of this fine group of adults who are entering the next stage of their lives. She continued that the Class of 2022 is a group that has overcome many obstacles and adversity, as high school is challenging for any teenager, and these students accomplished a successful high school career during a pandemic.
Aughenbaugh added, “The pandemic hit the Class of 2022 in the middle of their high school career. It is hard to believe they were sophomores when the high school was closed and everyone sent home to continue classes online. They persevered.
“During their junior year, they had the option to return in-person or continue learning in a 100% remote learning environment. With their families, they had to make the difficult choice of attending in-person or pursuing their education at home, online. Whether they were in-person or remote, no one had the ability to really participate in extra-curricular activities until the spring of 2021. They are resilient.
“As seniors, the entire class was learning together again in-person. It was not until the spring of senior week, the last week of their high school experience, that we could see the group having fun together and really appreciating the relationships they had built. The Whiffle ball and dodgeball and volleyball games were played with smiles and laughter, and yes, some bittersweet tears of goodbye.
“To the Class of 2022, thank you for your many contributions to Mendota High School. I wish that you continue to persevere and challenge yourself to become the best version of yourself. As Art Williams stated, ‘‘’I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy—I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.’”
Following a speech by Student Council president Aliza Salinas-Cervantes, scholarships and awards were presented to members of the Class of 2022. Recipients were:
James Dankenbring Scholarship – KayLee Barkman, Ted Landgraf, Maya Martin, Andrew Stamberger; First State Bank Scholarship – Elizabeth Schillinger, Ethan Hanaman; American Legion Award – Elizabeth Schillinger, Andrew Stamberger; Aaron Olsen Scholarship – Ted Landgraf; Ben Bokus Memorial Scholarship – Ted Landgraf;
Clara Cypreansen & Alfred O. Jacob Scholarship – Faith Anderson; Jason Kent Johnson Memorial Scholarship – Logan Brandner; Morris Morgan Scholarship – Logan Brandner, Aliza Salinas-Cervantes; Oden Jordal/Kiwanis Club Scholarship – Zachari Compell; Scott Rider Scholarship – Andrew Stamberger;
State Seal/Commendation of Biliteracy – Briana Avila, Elly Buettner, Lesly Caracheo, Kya Delao, Yahir Diaz, Vanessa Escatel, Jenna Kerchner, Lorena Magallanes, Alex Mandujano, Paige Manning, Maya Martin, Ashley Olmos, Andy Rivera, Jose Ruiz, Aliza Salinas-Cervantes, Sergio Sandoval, Odalis Sangabriel, Celeste Serrano, Allison Stewart, Tyler Valdez;
High Honor Academic Graduates – Faith Anderson, Elly Buettner, Ted Landgraf, Paige Manning, Maya Martin, Meredith McConville, Liam McGann, Olivia Ross, Elizabeth Schillinger, Andrew Stamberger, Allison Stewart, Jacob Swope.
Next, Andrew Stamberger addressed his classmates as High Honor speaker and Jim Lauer, school board president, provided comments. Superintendent Jeff Prusator followed with the presentation of the Class of 2022, and then the granting of diplomas was done by Lauer as Aughenbaugh read the graduates’ names.
Senior class president Maya Martin concluded the ceremony with a speech to her classmates, who then were official graduates of MHS, having fulfilled their obligation as high school students. The MHS Band played the recessional as the new alums exited the gym.
Students receiving their diplomas were:
Faith Anderson, Uziel Angulo, Noah Ansteth, Amy Arteaga, Josue Arteaga, Trevor Avery, Aaron Avila, Briana Avila, Bailey Baird, KayLee Barkman, Marley Bodine, Natalie Bodmer, Logan Brandner, Elizabeth Bresley, Ellyott Buettner, Kathy Bugarin, Lesly Caracheo, Curtis Castillo, Kelsey Castro, Isaira Cerros, Wayde Collins, Zachari Compell, Jacqueline Cortes, Abigail Davis;
Shaylee Davis, Kya Delao, Yahir Diaz, Hailey Dooley, Jamie Dooley, Sky Duckworth, Connor Engel, Jacob Ensor, Vanessa Escatel, Katelyn Escobedo, Marisol Felix, Michael Fenwick, Sean Figueroa, Zoe Finley, Kendra Frey, Luis Garcia, Giselle Gomez, Johnnie Gonzalez, Omar Gonzalez, Rolando Gonzalez, Parker Guelde, Kayla Guerra, Byron Hampton, Ethan Hanaman;
Alejandro Hermosillo, Alejandro Hernandez, Casandra Hernandez, Juan Hernandez, Selina Hernandez, Sophia Holland, Gavin Huffaker, Luke Jackson, Kailyn Jezewski, William Kehoe, Taylor Kelly, Jenna Kerchner, Theodore Landgraf, Lillian Loomis, Damien Magallanes, Jose Magallanes, Lorena Magallanes, Alex Mandujano, Yahaira Mandujano, Paige Manning, Lauren Martin, Maya Martin, Meredith McConville, Liam McGann;
Mason Moore, Jocelyn Morales, Jayla Morris, Lilly Newkirk, Bryce Northcutt, Ashley Olmos, David Palacios, Angel Patino, Emilio Perez, Seth Peterson, Eulysses Preciado, Elian Quijas, Ruth Ramirez, Crystal Richardson, Andy Rivera, Orlando Rocha, Abel Rodriguez, Olivia Ross, Jonas Roth, Jose Ruiz, Aliza Salinas-Cervantes, Sergio Sandoval, Odalis Sangabriel, Brock Saylor;
Elizabeth Schillinger, Mileigh Schultz, Mikayla Seablom, Celeste Serrano, Marah Setchell, Kylie Smith, Andrew Stamberger, Trenton Stanford, Allison Stewart, Alexandra Stremlau, Jacob Swope, Christian Tellez, Isabella Tolentino, Manuel Trejo, Nicholas Trump, Tyler Valdez, Arian Valencia, Adrian Vela, Jennifer Walker, Maliki Weger, Logan Young, McKenzie Zinke.