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'Magical' class of 2011

Los Altos High School students academic career book-ended by Harry Potter series

Unseasonably dreary weather couldn't darken the mood of Los Altos High School's 2011 graduating class, who made up for the lack of blue skies at their commencement ceremony June 3 by donning bright cerulean caps and gowns, and hearing a series of optimistic speeches given by students, faculty and district administration.

About 344 Los Altos seniors marched up into the bleachers lining the east side of Tom Burt Field and the encircling Leo Long Track at about 6:15 p.m., to bid farewell to their alma mater, as family and friends looked on.

"High school wasn't a perfect experience for all of us," said Erika Schonher, graduating senior and mistress of ceremonies. She surmised that many in her graduating class had suffered from "broken bones, broken hearts" or "broken dreams" -- maybe even all three -- during their four years in high school.

And yet, even though some of her painful experiences may still sting, Schonher remained positive about moving forward. "Embarrassment," she said, "is nothing but the beginning of a funny story."

Principal Wynne Satterwhite kicked off the ceremony with a speech recalling the very first Harry Potter book, published back in June of 1997, when most in the class of 2011 were on cusp of entering kindergarten. With the final movie being released in July, the series of fantasy books and films fits almost perfectly over the graduating class' time in elementary, middle and high school.

Satterwhite thought it fitting to reflect on a few of her favorite passages from the novels, which follow a group of budding sorcerers learning the ins and outs of hocus-pocus during their formative years at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

"We don't study magic here," Satterwhite acknowledged. Even so, the material she quoted from J.K. Rowling's books was no less poignant.

Moving through a series of quotes -- "It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but it takes a great deal more to stand up to your friends," and, "It does not do well to dwell on the dreams of others" -- Satterwhite told the class that they will face many hard choices down the road, but that they should not let the fear of making a wrong choice prevent them from moving forward with purpose. "Select wisely," she said, "but select."

"It is not our abilities that show who we truly are," Satterwhite quoted Rowling, "It is our choices."

Just as Harry Potter lived for 11 years in a world completely unlike that which he would enter upon his admittance to Hogwarts, senior speaker Yareli Flores, though born in America, lived in Mexico and began her freshman year at Los Altos speaking no English.

Flores credited her family and her teachers -- whom she referred to as her "second family" -- pushing her to do her best. Like Harry Potter, Flores excelled at her studies and she is headed to college.

Another student speaker, Carolyn Yang, thanked her parents and her teachers for guiding her through four years of learning and self discovery. Yang said she would surely feel a bit sad leaving her hometown behind to go off to college, but, like Schonher, her enthusiasm for her next stage in life was palpable:

"We will take the world by storm, class of 2011!"

Satterwhite shared the graduates' excitement."It has been a pleasure to work with this class," she said. "Class of 2011, you are truly magical!"

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Los Altos High School's class of 2011:

Monika Acharya

Cassandra Achermann

Miranda Adams

Christopher Aiken-Forderer

Hugo Alcaraz

Ruby Alcazar

Amber Alvarez

Peter Ambiel

Caleb An

Morgan Elizabeth Aozasa

Edward Jacob Ayala

Nika Ayat

Martin Aycott, Jr

Kelsey Ayers

Sarah Baird

Jorge Ballinas

Karen Barajas

Jessica Barrios

Viana Bauer

Gabriela Bautista Garzon

Marielle Beaulieu

Lauren Bednarski

Anna Bekker

Clayton Berens

Christopher Beyer

Lauren Biglow

Anthony Biondi

Julian Bliss

William Bliss

Heather Blockhus

Dainen Bocsary

Sophia Borello

Blake Bowers

Andrei Bratkovski

Natalia Bratkovski

Shannon Bray

Derek Breaux

Sarah Breslin

Phelan Brown-Chever

Juan Buenrostro

Tatiana Buffin

Seena Burns

Francis Busuttil

Hannah Butensky

Arseniy Byelov

Charlotte Byrne-Bailey

Gregory Cairns

Alexandra Cala

Jordan Campitelli

Terence Cape

Sophia Carballo

Stephen Carico

Gemaiah-Aunea Carlisle Rideout

Andrew Carp

Brett Carr

Jose Carranza

Miguel Carrillo

Rocio Carrillo

Scott Casas

Edbert Chan

Preshika Chaudhary

Phoebe Chen

Jacquelyn Cheng

Quincy Cheung

Sarthak Chhettry

Duncan Choy

Aaron Chung

Audrey Cole

Samuel Colman

Jennifer Cooper

Melissa Cree

Maria Angelica Cristancho

Lindsey Cunningham

Mark Cuson

Lauren D'Andrea

Megan Davis

Viki Diaz

Paul Dilley

Roxana Dominguez

Michael Drake

Gregory Dwulet

Drew Eller

Carl Elson

Yadira Espinoza

Fatima Esquivel

Claire Evangelista

Teresa Fabbricino

Sarah Fagan

Reilly Farrell

Noga Feinberg

Moises Flores

Saul Flores

Yareli Flores

Erica Flynn

Paul Fomenko

Nicolas Frangos

Darren Franke

Victoria Frantzich

Emilien Simon Fritsch

Rebecca Fulcher

Ryo Funaki

Michael Galdamez

Jessica Gann

Susanna Gao

Angelica Garcia

William Garcia

Yasmin Garcia

Teresa Marie Garrett

Emily Garverick

Daniel Giacomini

Joseph Giacomini

Tyler Gianatasio

Nicholas Giles

Ian Glasner

Edith Gomez

Katherine Gonsalves

Amando Daniel Gonzalez

Jennifer Gonzalez

Randy Gonzalez

Rachel Grate

Stacey Green

Victoria Greenen

Alexander Guo

Yesenia Gurrola

Victor Gutierrez-Cuellar

Whitney Hagstrom

Savannah Hall

Caitlin Halliwell

Jordan Hamel

Jacob Hampel

Christina Harr

Danitza Hernandez

Janette Hernandez

Jessica Hernandez

Laura Hernandez

LizetteHernandez

Edna Hernandez Banderas

Thomas Herndon

Carla Herrera

Irvin Herrera

Joel Herrera

Maria Herrera Carbajal

John Hersey

Kelly Hoover

Sean Horton-Murphy

Edward Hostia

Jason Hu

Carolyn Huang

Jennifer Huffman

Johan Hugoo

Daniel Huitron

Giovanni Ibarra

Joel Infeld

Christianna Iniguez

Jerome Isaac

Addison Iskow

Alexander Jimenez

David Jimenez

Jorge Jimenez

Randy Donovan Jimenez

Kimberly Johnson

Lauren Johnson

Michaela Johnson

Mackenzie Johnston

Gilberto Juarez

Arista Jusuf

Akila Kadambi

Tomer Kaftan

Mitchell Kehlet

Alex Kellogg

Alyssa Kelly

Alexandria Kent

Gokulesh Killer

Abel Kinard

Vanessa Kirchhofer

Madeline Klein

Justin Koehler

Piotr Kozlowski

Chetna Kumar

Edwin Lai

Valerie Lai

Blanca Landaverde

Sean Langhi

Chloe Langston

Marika Lee

Jennifer Leonard

Alexandra Anita Leos

Sierra Letterman

Mark Levin

Sonam Lhamo

James Li

Siaosi Liua

Arian Lobon-Fernandez

Adriana Lopez

Cindy Lopez

Crystal Lopez

Jason Lopez

Jenna Louie

Elizabeth Lukrich

Christina Lum

Brenda Luna

Martin Luna

Zoe Maddalena

Arjun Madhok

Paul Madrid

Karla Maeda

Kelly Mahncke

Curran Mahowald

Claudia Maldonado

Benjamin Malenka

Steven Mangano

Casandra Manzo-Lupercio

Michael Marent

Lynn Marks

Elizabeth Martinez

Noemi Martinez

Jesse Mattingly

Egan McComb

Stefano McCoy

Jasmine McGee

Sandra Mejia

Julio Melo

Omar Mendoza

Martin Merencillo

Jozza Marie Millano

Eve Minkin

Tasha Mistri

Lauren Mock

Hannah Moehling

Mari Molina

Nancy Montebello

John Montgomery

Juan Morales

Kenny Moran

Salina Moreno

Negin Motamedi

Kelly Moulds

Megan Mueller

Colin Mulcahy

Alexander Mulholland

Cinthia Munoz

Dulce Munoz

Kelly Munroe

Laura Murphy

Trisha Nangia

Sarah-Anne Nelson

Jordan Nemelka

Alisa Nesmith

Andrew Nguyen

Huy Nguyen

Marina Nikolic

Alison Nowakowski

Yuka Ogino

Joshua Okero

Brian Ordaz

Jason Orellana

Wesley Oribello

Isaias Orozco

Daniel Osorio

Michael Otrada

Emily Pacholski

Lesieli Palauni

Ian Palmer

Olivia Palmer

Meghan Palu

Kenneth Francis Pasagui

Kendra Passaro

Emma Patrick

Richard Patrick

Tawny Peek

Anastasiya Pereverzeva

Michelle Perez

Maria Perez Herrera

Lauren Peterson

Alexander Pham

Diamara Planell Cruz

Rishi Raman

Francisco Ramirez

Jorge Luis Ramos

Farkhunda Rangeen

Lindsey Raven

David Recht

Estefanie Reyes

Miguel Reyes

Krystle Reynolds

Brenda Rezendiz Navarro

Kyle Riesch

John Rinehart

Jose Rodriguez

Lance Rodriguez

Mariela Rodriguez

Pablo Rodriguez Cigarrero

Elida Rojas

Pedro Roman

Mauro Roque

Jacqueline Rosales

Zia Rosenzweig

Erika Roy

Jill Rubin

Alejandra Ruelas

Abla Saadeh

Julien Salah

Jesse Salazar

Shahan Salim

Gabriella Sanchez

Maria Sanchez

Jaime Sanchez-Guadarrama

Caitlin Sandlin

Daniela Santos

Julia Sauerhaft

Nicholas Schmittzeh

Benjamin Schneider

Erika Schonher

Mitchell Seed

Suzon Senesi

Marvin Serrano-Menjivar

Brett Serviss

Garrett Serviss

Miriam Silva-Buenrostro

Christine Silver

Joshua Sims

Mathew Snider

Amanda Soo

Daniel Spiteri

Justin Standow

Caitlin Stanley

Tyler Stout

Rosiza Stoyanova

Elizabeth Strichartz

Rosalie Struve

Lauren Sucharczuk

Haley Sugimoto

Eve Survilo

Hannah Sweeney

Daniel Tangi

Haley Tate

Madeline Taussig

Marissa Tejada

Andrew Templeton

Haley Teter

Jacob Thompson

Stefan Tian

John Tiffin

Tracy Tilley

Aaron Tolliver

Arrissa Yvonne Tolliver

Gabriel Torres

Rosaura Torres

Heriberto Torres-Gonzalez

Megan Tran

Michelline Tran

Jacqueline Treiger

Christina Trembois

Dimitri Trembois

Jacob Valadez

Kayla-Ashley Valpey-Garcia

Ronald Vargas

Dorian Vargas-Reighley

Michael Vendelin

Nina Venuti

Shanice Vera

Mariana Vieira

Jose Antonio Villanueva

Katherine Virga

Antoine Vo

Jonathan Vronsky

Rowan Walters

Chenyu Wang

Guanghui Wang

Harlowe Wang

Peter Wang

Rachel Wang

Jamie Wasson

Celine Watkins

Rachel Weinberg

Max Wiederholt

Deven Williams

Katherine Wu

Naian Wu

Edmund Xu

Jing Xu

Carolyn Yang

Tiffany Yang

Onur Yildiz

Judd Yort

Gary Yu

Scott Yuan

Zoe Zaorski

Camille Zapata

Bryan Zavala Lombera

Yintong Zhang

Zijun Zhao

Simon Zorin

Edwin Zuniga

The above listed students are members of the Class of 2011. The list includes those students who may not have met all state and district graduation requirements. Only students who have met both state and district graduation requirements will be eligible to receive a high school diploma.

Comments

Posted by Steve, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm

The graduates should not only thank their parents and HS teachers BUT also their Jr. High AND elementary teachers who help them set a foundation for learning.


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