Oxnard graduates look to the future

Oxnard Graduation.

An overcast sky and chilly breeze failed to dampen the spirits of 650 seniors graduating from Oxnard High School on Friday afternoon. Friends and family members cheered loudly as the Class of 2011 filed onto the football field. Fifita Fakatoufifita, 45, a native of Tonga who now lives in Oxnard, cradled his 8-month-old daughter while […]

Pacifica graduates bid farewell to friends, school

Pacifica Graduation.

Though they were enshrouded in June gloom, spirits were bright as 673 graduates of Pacifica High School’s Class of 2011 stormed the football field in white, green and black to get their diplomas. “I’m excited. I’m anxious to get my life going,” said 18-year-old Aundria Basquez as she waited for the ceremony to start. “I’m […]

Hueneme graduates pay tribute to lost classmate

Hueneme Graduation.

The joy of achievement was on full display as the seniors of Hueneme High School celebrated their commencement ceremony Friday afternoon before a football stadium grandstand packed full of horn-blasting and sign-waving loved ones. Also on display were their compassion and humanity, as they paid tribute to popular classmate Michael Collaso, who was struck and […]

Rio Mesa honors Class of 2011

Rio Mesa Graduation.

Although the sky was gloomy, the mood was bright at Rio Mesa High School’s Michaelson Stadium as family and friends of the 421 members of the 2011 graduating class took the field. Principal Ray Gonzales told graduates, “I want to express my confidence in all of you. It has been my great privilege to watch […]

Camarillo High celebrates graduating class

Camarillo Graduation.

At the 53rd annual Camarillo High School commencement, it was all about the 2011 graduating class. In addition to six class and associated student body officers, 23 honor students were spotlighted with speeches to the standing-room-only crowd. The speakers included valedictorians, distinguished honors recipients, and some who were both. Among them, Jason Bunk told his […]

Frontier standouts prepare for college

Shyra Thomas is waving her arms.

Jonathan Tapia For Jonathan Tapia, 18, the English language is like an iceberg— there’s so much more to learn under the visible surface. It’s a concept that his favorite teacher, Carmen Leon, regularly incorporates into the classroom. Jonathan works at Petco and attended a Pacific Clinics outreach program called Transitional Age Youth Tunnel. Jonathan is […]

Camarillo High’s standout seniors ready for future

Rora Oh, headshot.

Rora Oh Looking at Rora Oh’s high school accomplishments—her club involvement, academic success and list of awards for writing and journalism—it’s easy to see why she’s a standout senior at Camarillo High School. Also impressive are the 19-year-old Camarillo resident’s plans for the future. The high school newspaper’s former editor in chief as well as […]

Rio Mesa grads leave behind fond memories, accomplishments

Evelyn Rivera, headshot.

Evelyn Rivera Inspired by her mother, Evelyn Rivera plans to further her education with the goal of becoming a pediatrician. The 17-year-old learned the value of education and hard work from her mother, who, unable to speak English and frustrated with low pay and backbreaking work in the strawberry fields, learned the language and obtained […]

Learning to learn again

Amelia Galan, headshot.

Amelia Galan doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Whether she’s grappling with an opponent as a member of Adolfo Camarillo High School’s wrestling team or battling for a loose ball during a water polo match, the 18-year-old senior likes to mix it up. Last year, however, Amelia was faced with the toughest fight of her […]

Graduation 2011 Students given a worldly perspective

International Baccalaureate logo.

Rio Mesa High School students have a rare opportunity. RMHS is one of only two high schools in Ventura County to offer students a diploma in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Considered a school within a school, the IB program offers academically challenging core and elective classes with an international perspective. “Students learn there’s more […]