Strathmore’s small but might Spartans
By Patrick Dillon
strathmore – Strathmore High School’s graduating class of only 69 students makes them the smallest graduating class from a regular high school in the foothill community. But despite their size they have helped shape their alma mater over the last four years. Together they have left a testament of what it means to be hard working Spartan.
“Even though we are small in numbers, I think we have proved our hard work, dedication, and talents,” said Jasmine Saldivar during her welcome speech at the graduation ceremony on Friday, June 8.
During the four years that the graduates have been at Strathmore their hard work, dedication and talents have come out in a variety of ways. Members of the class of 2017 were a part of numerous athletic championships over the last four years. Including back to back Valley Championships in boys golf and girls soccer. They, not only having the first Tulare County football team to win a Southern Regional Championship and make it to a State Championship Bowl Game but also hosted that game against St. Patrick-St. Vincent on Dec. 17.
This small school also dominated the Tulare County Fair’s FFA Competitions, having swept them for the last three years.
“All of our students working day in and day out to achieve such momentous accomplishments finally putting our tiny school of Strathmore on the map,” said Amanda Farquharson during her reflection speech.
Yet, those accomplishments did not just happen overnight. Those accomplishments were born of a mindset that many had on their first day of high school.
“Four years ago we entered Strathmore High School,” said Class of 2017 Valedictorian
Kimberly Cortez. “I can assure you instead of being scared most of us felt like we already ran the campus.”
The graduates did have many different cliques that the students hung out in. Based on what activities each of the students were involved in or their views on life. But each one of the students kept to an achievement that seemed like a far reach for some.
During the graduates four years at Strathmore a saying could be heard around campus, “I’m going to graduate to prove everyone wrong.”
“Our school is small, but mighty and we have proven that though hard work the unimaginable is possible,” said Cortez.
Strathmore High School is the agriculture pathways school in the Porterville Unified School District. This year’s class had 30 students compete the course necessary to finish the pathway. The class also had nine students receive the Golden State Seal and 10 receive the Seal of Biliteracy.
As the time approached for the graduates to take their first steps out of high school and on to their next stage of their lives there were some last words of encouragement. Many of them were words to follow their dreams, to never loss hope, and to always remember where they came from.
But Juan Guarjardo said it best during his farewell speech, “So class of 2017, tonight I dare you. Dare to chase your chosen career. Dare to excel. Dare to go that extra mile. Dare to make your mark in the world. Dare to be the best you can be… and then do it.”