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Updated: Friday, June 15, 2012, 1:15 PM
Woodside High grads take flight
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| Two speeches graced the spring air on June 8 at the football field at Woodside High School. Friends and family of some 365 seniors gathered to celebrate the graduation of the class of 2012.
In "The Morphing Process," Elena Turkalj compared the caterpillar-to-butterfly transition to that of freshman to senior, observers said. Some minutes later, under the title "Wordside," 20 valedictorians remembered utterances freighted with meaning: "SAT," "major," "career" and, last but not least, "We out," or, less colloquially, "We're going now. Thanks for the memories."
The senior gift to the school was a life-size bronze statue of a wildcat to be placed in the traffic circle in front of the administration building. "It will be very beautiful," Principal David Reilly said in an email.
In his address, Mr. Reilly spoke of what teachers and staff know about teenagers.
"We know teen spirit," he said, "a spirit best illustrated by the bird in the egg. In order for the bird to hatch from the egg, it must kick through the walls of infancy. Some of you graduates are outside the egg already; some of you are soon to emerge. The best advice I can give, twenty years further down the road from you all, is to be guided by your questions, and remember Icarus."
A Gabriela Alexandra Abarca, Pierre N. Abdel Malek, Paolo E. Achacoso, Michelle Acosta Sosa, April Viviana Adonis, Mele Madalyn Afu, Arianna Aguilar, Jocelyn Aguirre, Ahmad Belal Al Zughoul, Katherine-Rose Albert, Vanessa Natalie Alfaro, Lucas David Isaac Andersen, Victor Anguiano, Jeffrey Alexander Arana, Lauren Anne Arshakuni, Ashlynn S. Avendano, Beatriz Aviles, Salvador Aviles, Edgar E. Avina , Derek E. Azzopardi
B Didra Lee Barnes Gonzales, Belen Dayana Barragan, Adalberto Barriga, Jennifer Rose Bazan, William Beckh, Jacob C. Bennett, Brandi J. Bernard, Eric Angelo Bet, Erik Betancourt, Nil S. Bhakta, Brian P. Bligh, Elizabeth Louise Bock, Tyler Kenneth Booker, Tiffany Rose Borbeck, Jason Alexander Brandyberry, Clark Brown, Dominic Aaron Brown, Hazel Patricia Brown, John A. Buchman, Cristian Omar Bucio Medina, Emily Kristin Burns, Jorge Bustamante-Torres
C Catherine Joy Calonje, Joab Camarena, Noemi Camarena, Janae Danielle Campbell, Kyle Thomas Campbell, Zinnya Alexia Caravez, Juan Carlos Cardenas, Kimberly Cardenas, Valeria Carias, James D. Carthy, Julia Maurine Caruana, Byron J. Castillo, Kevin Castillo, Magali Cazares-Lopez, Danny Daneth Ceron, Antonio Cervantes, Carlos Chocano, Zachary Eric Cissna, Sylvia Elise Clegg, Brian Lane Clifford, Gino Anthony Cockrum, Garrett Coe, Sandra Liliana Constanza, Yxenia Jocelyn Contreras, Melanie Elyse Cooper, Ana Laura Corona, Gloria Rubi Itzel Corona, Alicia Stephanie Cortez, Consuelo Ivette Cortez, Mark William Armein Cramar, Claire M. Cremers, Grecia Cruz Bravo, Andrea Isabel Cuellar, Claris Cuellar, Christian I. Cuevas
D Emma Rose Davenport, Lucas Wellington Davis, Nicole S. De Biasi, Benjamin DeLeo, John Alexander Dellinges, Bryan Diaz, Joyce M. Diaz Torres, Jessica L. Diedrich, Kaitlin Grace-Catherine Dorstewitz, Angie J. Durkee
E Nicole Gabrielle Elsineitti, Patrick R. Engels, Mathew C. Ennis, Martin Esquivias
F Francisco Fabian, Taniela Fine Fakasiieiki, Mazar I. Farran, Anthony C. Flores, Tara Rose Folenta, Andrew Fong, Michael A. Fontana, Jenna Morgan Fowler, Dante Jacob Francesconi, Jose Alfonso Franco, Khaleel Frederick, Aaron Funes
G Christina Gambardella, Madisen Chandler Gandelman - Joseph, Eric William Garcia, Maria Guadalupe Garcia, Nandy Abigail Garcia, Jason Miller Garrett, Nicholas A. Gasparini, Jennifer Lisa Giannone, Lisa M. Gil, Zachary Jay Girard, Alena Grace Giraudo, Jessica Lynn Glasner, Diana Gomez, Andres Jesus Gomez Calderon, Jacquelyn Gonzalez, Oscar Gonzalez Zamora, Kristian Arthur Gorman, Margot Rita Gorrin, Joseph D. Grant, Stephanie Nicole Gregoire, Alicia Joanne Grima, Carlos Eduardo Gutierrez
H Keaira Shantell-Chevelle Hamel, Michael Thomas Harper, Daniel J. Healy, Ana R. Hernandez, Jennifer M. Hernandez, Bryan Hernandez Diaz, Gabriela Herrera Farias, Jazmine Herrera, Genesis Hidalgo, Sauntrell Denay Hill, Arielle Hirsch, Richard Hoffer, Elayne Frances Hovsmith, Nikolaas C. Huibers, Katrina Crystal Hull, Grace Elizabeth Hultquist, Kazim Hussain
I, J Marlin Ibarra, Emma L. Ingebritsen, Jerusha Dawn Inglis, Sebastían C. Irani, Rosa Alicia Islas, Cara Patrice Jack, Asia Sharise Jackson, Kathryn Kennedy Jaggers, Carla Jazo Vargas, Risa Christine Voss Jensen, Tiffani Rose Johnson, Robert Alan Jones, Johanna Leigh Joshua, Aleisha Juarez, Anthony J. Jung
K Haley J. Kammeyer, Dylan Joseph Kappeler, Christina Marie Karrle, Alexis Doreen Kasser, Cody Miles Kaufman, Lupe Lesila Kaufusi, Mele O. Apifo'ou Kaufusi, Sekitofa Kena, Samuel W. Kerrigan, Samantha E. Killen, Mitchell Yoshiyuki Kitaura, Shannon Tori Koop, Lillian Louise Krosse
L Morgan Dennis LaCasse, Marshall R. Lambertson, Kassandra Lamphere, Erika E. Landeros Gomez, Alison Swayne Landes, Maile Sosefina Langi, Siaosi Lata, Irene Joann Lauese, Rebecca Alexia Laval, Gabriela Leyva, Michael Giovany Linares, Demitra Giana Logothetis, Johary Lissette Lopez, Santiago Lopez, Vanessa Marie Lopez, Jonathan Lopez Jimenez, Alejandro Lopez Solano, Lino Lopez Soto, Erika Beatriz Lopez Vasquez, Sandra Aureny Lopez Zarate, Vanessa Lopez-Zaragoza, Elizabeth Ann Love, Mitchell Alexander Loving, Jazmin Lucatero Ayala, Christine Ly
M Roman Magallon, Natalie M. Magana, Yomaira Leticia Magana, Katherine Mahoney, Olive Mahoni, Ryan Therese Mainz, Miguel Agel Maldonado, Ana Talameafoou Manisela, Alexis Chanel Marchisheck, Kevin O. Martell, Thomas Robert Martin, Guillermo Martinez, Christian Masulit, Fiona McAuley, Tramel McClough, John Cameron McKee, John Philip McLucas, Ashley Anne Meanor, Anthony Means, Alexandra Medina, Melissa Mejia Valdovinos, Freddy Mendoza, Hector Ramon Mendoza, Alejandra Mendoza Martinez, Antonia Milanes, Gary David Milne, Daniel Patrick Mirsalis, Christopher James Moffat, Tabriz Brianna Mohsenin, Bryan Molina, Hazel Mae Molina, Edward Mora, Karla Mora, Kelly Morales, Jose Morfin, Nkiru Valeire Mozie
N Shepherd Newcomb, Minda Lee Newhouse, Brian Zachary Ngo, Kyle Robert Nicholas, Michelle Nicolet, Danielle Lynn Nodine
O Leah O'Sullivan, Madison Renee Oatley, Jose Ocampo, April Ochoa, Brandon Christopher-Gene Odom, Jennifer Orellana, Rosa Miriam Ortega, Christian German Oseguera, Miguel Oseguera-Ordorica, Jr., Shayne Martin Oseguera, Yarely Oseguera
P Hernan Padilla-Landa, Joseph M. Pahulu, Samantha Aurelia Parker, Meet Prebak Patel, Maritza Patino, Adam Pearlman, Mollie Anne Pedigo, Octavio Perez Agredano, Amber Marie Permenter, Sarah Michelle Persau, Jeffrey Robert Petromilli, Jared C. Pockalny, Julio Cesar Prado, Agustin Prado Espinoza, Deric Price
R Teresa Alessandra Rafello, Brianna Antonia Ramies, Aldo Ramirez, Carlos Andres Ramirez, Elmer Ramirez, Danial M. Rana, Kevin Rangel, Mónica Y. Rangel, Abimael Rebuelta, Abigail Caroline Reed, Guillermo Rendon, Antonio Reyes, Vivian Rice, Arthur Ricks, Fabiola Rivas Beltran, Zairha Esmeralda Rivera, Flor Rivera , Belinda Estela Rivera Molina, Hailey Roake, Izamar Rodriguez, Omar Rodriguez Mora, Raul Alejandro Rodriguez, Stefany Maricela Rodriguez, Marlene Rosales, Vanessa Rosales, Maria Lina Rosignuolo, Christopher Russell, Alfredo Ruvalcaba
S Veronya M. Salama, Magnolia Marlen Salinas Salto, Brenda A. Sanchez, Eliana Jamileth Sanchez, Erica Karina Sandoval, Kevin A. Sandoval, Joel Santana, Yuliana Gabriela Santana, Erika E. S. Santiago , Alejandro Santoyo, Anahit Sarao, Jonathan Avery Schnur, Nicole Marie Schulz, Hakim Abdul Aziz Scott, Janay Patrice Scott, Caesar A. Seddon, Jeremy Taylor Selb, Kevin M. Semma, John A. Shedaker, Finnian Zane Sheehan, Miranda Leigh Shepherd, William Jacques Shive, Peter Singh, Shannon Arishma Sonii Singh, Joaquin Siordia, Jr., Catherine Margaret Smith, Stephanie Jasmine Soto, David Edward Spain, Angelica Steele, Lauren Nicole Stevenson Smith
T Eric Peter Tam, Andrew Makafefie Tameilau, Vanessa L. Tangitau, Michelle Marie Tanner, Julia Tapia Villicana, Briana Thomas, Cedrick B. Thomas, Irving Tinajero-Buenrostro, Dany D. Tobar, Norma Tobar, Sara Mabeli Tobar, Mikhail W. Tonn, Veronica Marie Torreano, Bryan Omar Torres-Talancon, Michael Torres, Danae Chabeli Trejo Mendez, Theodore Vasilis Tsanakas, Elena Martina Turkalj, Kalani D. Turner
U, V Carlos D. Urena Garibay, Zayda A. Valadez Ortega, Alejandra Valencia, Christian Valencia, Chanel A. M. Valentine Achica, Melissa Thea Valk, Jorge E. Valle, Joel Vargas Oseguera, Ryan Vasquez, Jessie Vasquez Contreras, Eduardo Vazquez, Naomi Vega, Joyce Angela Villegas
W Christopher James Waschura, Eric Wellington, Kimberly Wong, Simone Kaitlyn Woods, Dillon M. Wright
Y, Z Sabina Yuen, Karina Zapata, Berenice Zarate Moreno, Marilyn Faride Zea Ayme, Athena Nicole Zouzounis
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Posted by Elena Turkalj, a member of the Woodside High School community, on Jul 12, 2012 at 12:46 am
My name is Elena Turkalj. I was the actual speech giver during the Graduation Ceremony of Woodside High School. I had a bit of a concern with how my message was portrayed in this article. My speech actually was quite the opposite of the cliche butterfly metaphor. During my speech, I said that during high school, the graduating class has not grown into butterflies, yet. In our high school years, we are morphing in our cocoons. In many years to come, that is when I said that we will turn into beautiful butterflies. I do not mean to offend anyone. I just want to get the true message of my speech across. I could send my actual speech to the Author's email, if it is easier. Thank you for your time.
Posted by POGO, a resident of the Woodside: other neighborhood, on Jul 12, 2012 at 7:00 am
Thank you for the clarification, Elena. You made a very important distinction that may have been lost in the article.
You noted that you didn't mean to offend anyone. I would urge you to "offend away!" Being politically correct or liked, while nice, is probably overrated if you'd like to make a difference. If your writing is any indication, I am very confident that you will!
Congratulations to you and to your graduating class!