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Cholla

Number of graduates at this high school: 251 (78 of whom were IB students)

TUSD District Speaker: Dr. Mark Stegeman, Tucson Unified Governing Board Member

Message for Gradutes: "Don't listen to other people's advice. Be yourself and mold your own future. Also make any speech you give, short."

Keynote speaker: Dr. Tanisha Price-Johnson

Message for graduates
: "Be yourself, don't copy others, don't follow other people's paths. Get involved in your community and your world."

Student speaker: Julian Garcia, Graduating Senior (JROTC)

Message for graduates: "We can accomplish anything. We were born to lead and that power resides within us."

Student speaker: Uzziel Felix, Student Body President<

Message for graduates: "No matter what we face in the future, we are the class of 2016 and everything will be OK."

Student speaker: Bernardo David Moyza-Portillo, Salutatorian

Message for graduates
: "When life gets hard down the road, take out the memory of the perfect Arizona snowfall from Sophomore year and let it center you."

Student speaker: Corina Yvonne Oroz, Valedictorian

Message for graduates
: "Today is a beginning, not an end. You are standing at the base of your own staircase to climb. Everyone's staircase will be a different size and frequently it will have many more steps than you were anticipating, but you can climb it."

Sights and Sounds

Dresses: the shorter the better.
Wind: flying caps, tossled hair, blowing tassels, noisy mikes, shaky cameras.
Darkness: when the stadium lights unexpectedly shut down.
Balloons shaped as letters of grads names
Kazoos and horns and rocking music

Students' plans for the future
: Cholla grads are attending colleges everywhere. Some are heading into the military, for active duty or to enter College ROTC. Some will be working, for the summer or permanently. Our favorite answer to the question "Where are you going after graduation?" was "To dinner." (It was a long night, well worth celebrating!)