The smiles on the faces of seniors beamed as bright as the afternoon sun as they awaited to be declared graduates Friday at the high school.
Nearly 434 students walked across the stage set up on the school's track to receive their diplomas from Principal Keith Moody and District Trustees. Their family and friend enthusiastically took photos and cheered for MVHS' 110th graduating class.
One of the several class speakers, Jasmine Flake reflected that when she and her classmates arrived they were "white blank canvasses."
"We took out our brushed and painted this canvass into what we are today," she said.
By the decorative caps, the 2012 graduating class boasts students who will soon enroll in universities around the country like Oberlin, John Hopkins, Cornell; others will remain in California and attend San Jose State, UC-Davis, UC-Santa Cruz and USC.
As they begin their lives, Principal Moody advised them to "value what you do for others more than you value your checkbook."
Through their comedic speeches, the other class speakers--Craig Marker, Kamron Srhadi, Benjamin Garber and Dor Gvirtsman--made one thing clear: that the MVHS Class of 2012 was anything but "cookie-cutter."