NEEDLES — Sixty students were honored by the community June 1, as the 112th commencement exercises for Needles High School packed the stands of Branigan Field.
Collectively, the class earned nearly $2 million in scholarship commitments over four years, including several very lucrative bonuses for joining the U.S. Armed Forces. There were 49 regular graduates this year, 10 with the educational training center and one from the district’s community day school. Of the 60, an even two dozen were honor students, including the sole CDS graduate; with 13 named California Scholarship Federation Life members.
Dillon Darrow, Ezrah Ponce and Regan Paget gave valedictory addresses. Principal Amy Avila asked veterans and active duty military to stand and be recognized before giving her customary address which included recognizing Irving Juarez as recipient of the Principal’s Award for the Class of 2018.
Paget presented the class gift, a giant wall-mounted American flag.
Darrow, in his address, noted the closeness of the class throughout their school careers; a theme echoed by Paget and Avila who both additionally stressed the importance of consideration for others.
The Needles High School Class of 2018 includes: Reina Rae Alcazar*, Czechyana Marcela Bekyar Alvarado, Erin Makenzy Andersen, Normajean Marie Armstrong, Bryce Wade Brown, Cameron Scott Calderon**, Stevie Marie Calderon, Caela Joy Castillo*, Jessica Lauren Caudillo, Dillon Lowell Darrow***+, Ryan Thomas Dunn*, Destinie Dream Farnsworth**+, Jaycee Dane Fragoso**+, Angelo Adam Garcia, Isaiah Vicente Mark Garcia, Elijah Robert Hancock*, Ivan Randall Harris*, Gabriel J. Henderson, Trey Thunder Henry, Diane Nicole Hooper**+, Gilman John Jenkins, Irving Ignacio Ulises Juarez**+, Markie Carol Rae Kerbrat, Amber Elizabeth Lawson**+, Anthony Thomas Lopas*, Ashleigh Elizabeth Lopez, Ashley C. Losee**+, Alejandro Gilberto Magana*, Brooklyn Scott McCorkle**+, Marcus Darryl Mills, Preslee Jean Murch**+, Regan Nicole Paget***+, Alex Daniel Perez, Cainin Reid Perritt, Stephanie Nicole Peterson, Jess E. Pierce II, Tristan James Pletcher, Ezrah Irie Ponce***+, Brya Renee Rentas**+, Cole Alexander Russell, Clayton C. Scott, Alexander Michael Silva, Mason M. Solem, Colin Dee Tsosie III, Eric D. Upshaw, Shelbi Lynn Vega*, Kaylee Ann Willis**+, Jayden Allen Yeager*, Catch Thomas Zahnter, ETC graduates, Chris Ferreira, Cassidy Figaro, Gabriel Garcia, Steven Hayden, Evelyn Martinson, Jasmine Mejia, Brendon Munhall, Mario Rabanales, Ernesto Soto, Desirae Valdez, Community Day School graduate, Rosita Maria Magana**.
*** Valedictorian - graduating with highest honor.
** Graduating with high honor.
* Graduating with honor.
+ California Scholarship Federation Life Members.