GRADUATION | SPHS 2019 Senior Class Ceremony

Commencement on Wednesday features three moving speeches, presentation of class, a farewell message and playing of the Alma Mater for final time as the SPHS Class of 2019 looks to the future

Congratulations SPHS Class of 2019

Rachul Lu couldn’t have said it any better, describing the conclusion of four years of attending classes, social and sporting events and, in away, saying goodbye to South Pasadena in her speech entitled “End of an Era” during South Pasadena High’s Graduation Ceremony Wednesday afternoon at Roosevelt Field.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation Ceremony 2019. Rachel Lu: “Our Last End of An Era”
SPHS Graduation 2019 South Pasadena High School
PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation Ceremony 2019. The air was filled with electricity & satisfaction while parents and families packed the stands at SPHS Wednesday night.

Before 362 seniors pulled their tassels from the right side of their caps to the left, marking the end of their high school days, Lu told the large gathering in the crowd, “South Pas has always been described to me as my ‘last’ – last move, last school district, last chance to call somewhere ‘my home.’ And thinking back, given the bubble-like, small town of South Pasadena, I couldn’t fathom how I would fit here, if SP would welcome me. I had never done AYSO, been to the Fun Fair, as I’ve been told and mom still only donates to SPEF for the sign. And Yet, I do now consider South Pas my hometown, and the Class of 2019 my own.”

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019

In quick fashion, the ceremony was completed in just under an hour following the procession, the National Anthem performed on the flute by Amalia Navarro and Andrew Escajeda, a welcome message by Senior Class President Henry Barbera, speeches by Lu, Natalie Deng, and Lauren Kafkaloff, the introduction of distinguished guests Senior Class Secretary Kelly Mirhan, presentation of class by SPHS Principal Janet Anderson, presentation of Diplomas by Superintendent Dr. Geoff Yantz, Board of Education President Dr. Suzie Abajian, the presentation of a butterfly garden  as the class gift by Senior Class Treasurer Melia Amezquita, a farewell message by Senior Class Vice President Laya Jabalemili, and the singing of the school’s alma mater for the final time as a class.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation Ceremony 2019. Amalia Navarro & Andrew Escajeda Perform the National Anthem
PHOTO: Bill Glazier | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation Ceremony 2019. Amalia Navarro & Andrew Escajeda Perform the National Anthem.
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019

At that point the caps went flying and many of the graduates danced and sang along to Earth Wind and Fire’s “September,” capturing the mood of the ceremony’s theme “Do You Remember?”

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019.

Those who spoke remembered four memorable years at South Pasadena High and the city in which they grew up. “Together, we got to enjoy the rarity of the South Pasadena High School through the heartwarming community it fosters and the speed at which it goes,” said Lauren Kafkaloff in her “Counting Up the Days” speech in front of the packed bleachers inside Ray Solari Stadium. “From the friendsgivings to the football games, these four years have been packed with endless sparks of both euphoria and sorrow.”

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation Ceremony 2019. Lauren Kafkaloff “Counting Up the Days”
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019

Added Lauren Kafkaloff: “High school is not a mere four-year commitment. These friendships and these memories don’t die with age, but rather, they age over time. In fact, when our paths diverge and we start meeting new people, I can assure you we’ll be caught bragging about out little town we call South Pas. We’ll be describing the Fourth of July Parade we once walked in or the weekly farmer’s market we always went to…”

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019. Seniors sing their school’s Alma Mater for the last time
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019 | SPHS Band conducted by Howard Crawford played the Processional
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019 | SPHS Band conducted by Howard Crawford played the Processional

Natalie Deng talked about “Puzzles & Cheez-Its” her goodbye message, sprinkling in the idea of eating Cheez-Its while completing a myriad of tasks during her years in high school.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation Ceremony 2019. Natalie Deng “Puzzles & Cheez-Its”
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019

“So graduates, you might be wondering ‘where do we go from here,’” she said. “To be honest, I can’t answer this question for you, or offer life-changing advice, but I do want to say this. From this day on go forward in life and pursue what fulfills you. Just know that you have come too far and eaten too many Cheez-Its to let some jerk tell you now that your puzzle doesn’t look right, or that you’re building it too slowly. Because you made it this far. So why not go further.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019 | SPHS Band conducted by Howard Crawford played the Processional
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019

In the long-term, the South Pasadena High Principal Janet Anderson will tell you future looks bright for the 2019 graduates.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019. Superintendent Geoff Yantz, School Board President Suzie Abajian, ans SPHS Principal Janet Anderson congratulate the 2019 Graduating Class
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019

In the short term, well, they’re headed to Disneyland to enjoy Grad Night.

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019 | SPHS Band conducted by Howard Crawford played the Processional
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019
PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | SPHS Graduation 2019. The Man, The Legend, Mr.James Jontz

   

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