Jestine Tapia and Marwa Hijabi said they feel proud as they complete four years of high school and finally graduating.
“I am really happy and excited to show my parents something they they can be proud of because they helped me out a lot,” said Tapia.
Sixty-nine seniors walked across the stage and turned their tassels Friday night during in the 2019 Colusa High School graduation ceremony, held at the Colusa High School Stadium.
Hijabi said she is especially proud because she is the first Hijabi Muslim to graduate from Colusa High School.
Valedictorian Rosa Garibay Montez and Co-Salutatorians Chloe Ferrauiolo and Erik Wrysinski all gave speeches during the ceremony.
Prior to the ceremony, Andrea Garcia offered words of advice for those struggling to get through high school.
“If you really want to succeed academically, just do all your work,” said Garcia. “The teachers really want to see that you are trying.”
Alonda Madrigal agreed and said she knows how difficult the course load can be.
“I just feel really happy to be here,” said Madrigal. “I really thought I wasn’t going to make it.”
Colusa High School principal Rebecca Changus offered a heartfelt congratulations to all of the graduates on behalf of the entire Colusa High School staff.
“We are extremely proud of our Class of 2019,” said Changus. “Many of the graduates demonstrated excellence academically, dedicated time to community service and participated in numerous extra-curricular activities. We know the future is bright for our young adults as they transition to their next phase of life.”
Changus also shared her appreciation for those that helped these students succeed in high school and beyond.
“To our parents and community, thank you for your ongoing support of Colusa High School and our students,” said Changus. “Our community makes Colusa a special place, and we treasure the small town feeling we are able to extend to our students. Congratulation graduates!”