Lynwood Unified celebrated nearly 1,000 graduates from Lynwood, Firebaugh and Vista high schools and Pathway Independent Studies program during commencement exercises on June 13 and 14, with the exhilarated Class of 2017 Knights, Falcons, Eagles and Panthers ready to take their next steps toward college and careers.
“We are all so proud of our graduates and what they have accomplished, and we know their families are too,” Lynwood Unified Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite said. “Graduations mark the culmination of all their hard work and determination, but this is also just the beginning. We know the best has yet to come from our Class of 2017 graduates.”
Lynwood High School – 468 graduates
On June 14, Lynwood High held its graduation on the District stadium athletic field, with nearly 500 students flipping their tassels from right to left as family and friends cheered them on. Valedictorian Alexandra Monterrosa, who graduated with a 4.52 GPA, addressed the graduates. Lynwood’s salutatorian, Ebony Gonzalez, graduated with a 4.48 GPA.
Monterrosa is a California Scholarship Federation seal bearer and a member of the National Honor Society, Advanced Placement (AP) Club and Education Talent Search. She will attend UCLA in the fall. Gonzalez, a member of Lynwood’s AP Club and vice president of the National Honor Society, will attend USC.
Firebaugh High School – 376 graduates
Firebaugh High held its commencement on June 13 at the District stadium for 376 graduates. Valedictorian Harmony Esqueda, who graduated with a 4.6 GPA, addressed the graduates.
Esqueda, an IB full diploma candidate and captain of the girls varsity golf team, president of Mock Trial, member of the Society of the Hispanic Professional Junior Engineers Chapter and vice president of the Engineering Club, will attend USC in the fall. Salutatorians Aidee Rodriguez and Eduardo Flores are both graduating with 4.5 GPAs.
Rodriguez, an IB and AP student and a member of the Engineering Club, will attend UC San Diego. Flores is an IB and AP student and a member of the marching band, Mock Trial, MESA, Book Club and the Sueños Club. He will attend UC Merced in the fall.
Vista High School and Pathway Independent Studies – 220 graduates
Vista High School and Pathway Independent Studies held a combined commencement on June 14 in the Lynwood High School gymnasium, with 220 graduates receiving diplomas.