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San Marcos High School graduates reflect on their ‘resilient royal spirit’ | School zone

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San Marcos High School celebrated hundreds of graduates Thursday night at the class of 2022 graduation.

Enthusiastic family members and friends filled the bleachers on the home side of the school grounds, cheering on the graduates as they marched to “Pomp and Circumstance.”

The ceremony began with a flag salute led by Senior Class President Skylar Yonemura, followed by the National Anthem and the San Marcos Madrigals Senior Song.

Student speakers included Brisa Alonzo Perez, Noah Silverberg and Wendy Benitez Jaramillo.

“I want to talk to you today about a very important topic – Chipotle. Specifically, what is the best way to order from Chipotle to maximize the amount of chicken in your bowl,” Silverberg said during his keynote. the pandemic we were forced to order online and every time I looked at the bowl it had half the amount of chicken I wanted I became obsessed with finding a way to get more chicken … Then, as the pandemic receded, we started ordering in person again and suddenly my portions were full again.

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Wendy Benitez Jaramillo, one of three student lecturers for the class of 2022 at San Marcos High School, smiles as she delivers her speech. (Photo Serena Guentz/Noozhawk)

Each speaker spoke about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on the class, which had to transition to online virtual learning for at least a year beginning in March 2020. When the students returned to the campus, they were confronted with masking and physics. distancing instructions.

“The answer was clear – virtual ordering was no substitute for being in person. I had to show up,” Silverberg continued. “Our class has oscillated between being on campus and on Zoom for much of the past four years. , so we particularly understand the importance of being present.”

Resilience and support for students and staff were also important themes for the Class of 2022, according to student speeches.

“We overcame personal and academic challenges while adapting to conditions we never expected,” Benitez Jaramillo said. “We have succeeded so far thanks to the resilient spirit of the Royals and the love we all carry within. I especially want to focus on love because sharing love with others can really go a long way.

In addition to being the first graduation since the pandemic not to require masks or physical distancing, it was also Principal Kip Glazer’s last graduation as the school’s top administrator.

2022 San Marcos High School Graduation
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San Marcos High School principal Kip Glazer speaks to students at the school’s 2022 graduation, her last at school. Glazer resigned to take a senior position in the Bay Area. (Photo Serena Guentz/Noozhawk)

It was announced last month that Glazer, who has been the principal for less than three years, is leaving the school at the end of June and will be the new principal of Mountain View High School in the Bay Area.

“To the class of 2022, I ask you to keep dreaming the impossible dream and reaching for the unreachable stars,” Glazer said, becoming emotional as she spoke. “I know you have the courage and strength to continue your journey as you complete this exciting chapter and begin the next. It was truly an honor to be your principal.

As San Marcos High School sends out its Class of 2022, Glazer also said the school will welcome nearly 600 ninth graders in the fall.

“As we head off to college, work, trade school, the military or whatever adventure, I hope we continue to show up actively,” Silverberg said. “Not just at Chipotle, but in life.”

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