Next stop, the real world

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By Gabriel Vasquez

Amidst boisterous applause, flashing lights, and the proud gazes of friends and family, the 2008 graduating class of Los Alamos High School took the stage Saturday morning at Griffith Gym to receive their diplomas.

The ceremony began with a performance by a crisp sounding LAHS commencement band, the advancing of the colors by the NJROTC color guard and a couple of comical speeches delivered by student speaker Desta Shelley and teacher speaker Jonathan Lathrop.

“How many times during your high school career did people ask you, what the hell is a Hilltopper?” Shelley asked her fellow graduates.

After cataloguing a list of possible meanings, including one that mentioned the top of the hill that was “burnt to a crisp,” Shelley suggested that the real meaning of Hilltoppers was that LAHS students “always come out on top.”

“As we set out to top the hills that we will face, we will do it with authenticity,” Shelley said in her closing statement.

Speaker Jonathan Lathrop seemed to share the same sentiment, telling the crowd of anxious graduates that they were now “prepared to face the world with courage,” and that the valuable lessons they learned in high school should guide them towards a future of success, respect, and peace.

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