Submitted by Randy Johnson, Mid-Peninsula High School
Mid-Peninsula High School awarded 27 diplomas to its senior class during graduation ceremonies on May 30 at the school's campus on Willow Road in Menlo Park.
Nathan Spreng, Mid-Pen alumnus and professor at Cornell University, gave the graduation address. He is currently working in Cornell's Department of Human Development, where he conducts research on how the brain remembers, imagines, and maintains attention throughout a lifetime.
"I know that my two-and-a-half years at Mid-Peninsula shaped my life so that I could become who I am today," he said in his address. "In Mid-Peninsula's community of respect, the teachers gave me hope and confidence and I carry that to this day."
Student speakers were graduating seniors Real Chen, Vanessa Cuevas, Stacie Foreman and Eli Feuerman.
Head of School Douglas C. Thompson and Assistant Head of School Heidi Schiessler awarded the diplomas.
Mid-Peninsula High School, a private school with students from communities throughout the Bay Area, is a college preparatory high school designed for students with academic potential who can benefit from a smaller environment and a flexible, individually focused academic program.
A-G Claire Alix, Marcus Anson, Mitchell Broadwin, Christopher F. Casal, Leizhu "Real" Chen, Vanessa Rubi Cuevas, James Dildine, Eli Feuerman, Hunter Flynn, Stacie Foreman, Daniel Gleeson, William Hamilton Harris III, Zach Hatcher
H-M Peter Lenicheck, Donal Lyons, Madeline Mastin
O-W Emma Nastaran Parvizi, Shira Pederson, Bernardo Polvo-Romero, Erin Pyne, Maddie Quaranta, Jeremy Renati, Elina Smith-Leitch, Quinten Alexander Suppes, Alyssa Taylor, Justine Tsai, Alexander P. Wait.