Farmersville graduates carry on Aztec pride
By Paul Myers
farmersville – High school graduates were not just receiving a diploma when they walked in front of a gathered crowd of family and friends. They were also receiving recognition of a job well done from an accredited academic institution. And with that recognition graduates carry on a sense of pride when they tell people they meet in life where they grew up, and what high school they went to. Because they will hang onto the idea they cheered out collectively last Thursday, June 1, “Once an Aztec, always an Aztec!” The graduating class of 2017 was led by their valedictorian Carolina Hernandez-Ramos. Ramos conveyed to her class, but also their friends and family that filled the stands – and then some – that there are three types of people in the world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and then those who wonder what happened. Ramos gave credit to those who played vital roles in helping students put on events and run programs. But she also gave encouraging words to those who got caught up in the whirlwind that is high school.
“It’s never too late to make a difference,” Ramos said with pride. “I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors…congratulations, we made it!”
Before proceeding with the tradition of handing out diplomas, the school was honored with the Class of 2017’s senior gift. While students will be departing to move on to the military, school or the work force, this year they decided to give $1,700 to their alma mater to fund a new sound system. Future classes will add to the fund as a part of their senior gift as well.
The class consisted of 169 students who have come from a number of places. In principal Lisa Whitworth and assistant principal Rachel Chapman’s remarks, they recognized the number of students who came from out of the city, out of the state and even out of the country. This year Farmersville High School graduated two students who were born in El Salvador, 27 students who were born in Mexico and five students who were born in states other than California.
As well, Farmersville graduated 32 California Federation Life Member, 27 students in the AVID program, and six students with Future Farmers of America State Degrees.
By the end of the ceremony students got to partake in the time honored tradition of moving their tassels from one side of their mortar board to the other, and they got to spend one last moment on campus with their friends.