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CANOGA PARK - High up in the stands at Canoga Park High School Canoga Park High School is a public school located in Canoga Park in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California, USA, within the Los Angeles Unified School District.
It is located right across the street from the Topanga Plaza shopping center. , Maria and Jose Chavez waited with roses, balloons and a stuffed white bear for their daughter, Heidi, to make family history.
Neither Maria, 47, a housekeeper, nor Jose, 53, a truck driver, ever got more than a sixth-grade education. But on Thursday, Heidi was graduating with honors, and going on to college.
``She's the first to graduate from our family,'' Jose Chavez said in Spanish. ``She's starting a new journey to meet her goals.''
More than 25,700 students from 60 Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population. high schools will graduate this week in ceremonies across the city, including Birmingham, Canoga Park, Cleveland, Grant, High Tech, Kennedy and Monroe High Schools For other uses, see James Monroe High School.
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And in those graduations, many parents will see a child achieve what they couldn't -- a diploma. For many parents and students alike, that piece of paper symbolized a milestone.
``Very happy. Today is a special day for me,'' said Alis Shamouni, of her son Givargiz Sourani of Grant High School, the first of her children to graduate in a school in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. .
But although he may be finished with high school, her job isn't over yet, she said. He still has to finish college and get a degree in computers, and then ``when I see that diploma, then I will know how good a job I have done.''
As he prepared to walk onto Grant High School's graduation field Thursday, Cameron Harrison's mother had one simple word: ``Hallelujah Hallelujah (hăl'əl`yə) or Alleluia (ăl–) [Heb.,=praise the Lord], joyful expression used in Hebrew worship; cf. Pss. !'' Sakantula Harrison exclaimed. ``He's my last one. Finally.''
``Finally,'' repeated many parents at Grant High School's graduation. Under a hot summer sun that has come to define graduation ceremonies in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
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Graduate Maria Tista, 18, said she could feel her parent's pride. She planned to continue on to college, to become a teacher.
``They feel really happy because they believed in me and they stayed with me all the way,'' she said.
Her friends, Jostyl Ting, 17, and Ja'carl Thomas, 18, said if they could offer one message to their parents, it would be ``Thanks for believing in us.''
Besides pride, Thomas Pride, Thomas, d. 1658, English parliamentary soldier in the English civil war. In Dec., 1648, acting on the orders of the army council, he carried out
Pride's Purge, said maybe his parents were a little scared too, ``because we're finally moving out into the world.''
Canoga Park graduate Brittanie Brown, 17, of Sylmar, nervously awaited the ceremony with the other graduates, clad in their choice of either green or white.
``It's the beginning of my adult life, my life after high school,'' she said, half in awe. ``Everything's up to me now.''
Brown plans to go to California State University, Northridge CSUN offers a variety of programs leading to bachelor's degrees in 61 fields and master's degrees in 42 fields. The university has over 150,000 alumni. It's also home to a summer musical theater/theater program known as TADW (TeenAge Drama Workshop) that leads teenagers through an , and major in biology. She wants to be an obstetrician/gynecologist, a goal she developed after seeing her niece born a year ago. But she said a lot of her success was due to the Canoga Park teachers in the school's magnet program who listened to her and encouraged her.
Former music teacher Richard Kravchak left Canoga Park High School last year to teach at Cal State Dominguez Hills. He came back to see the Class of 2006 graduate.
``We're proud of each of our graduates,'' Kravchak said. ``Especially when you think of how many of them don't make it this far. A lot of them are the first in their families to graduate. Many of their parents are working several jobs, and (the students) often have to work to help support the family. I feel it's a privilege to walk with them.''
Juan Hernandez, 48, of Canoga Park, was equally proud of his daughter, Gloria, 19, who graduated from Canoga Park with honors and is the second of his children to go on to college. Older brother Juan, 24, is a mortgage broker.
``It makes me feel good that she's graduating and will have more opportunities to get a good job,'' said a beaming Hernandez.
Looking at the steady stream of parents filing in the stadium he added, ``When I see so many kids graduating, it makes me think the parents did a good job and wanted something better for their children.''
In his valedictorian speech, Grant graduate Hayk Yegoryan compared his class to birds spreading their wings.
``This is it. This is our moment of flight,'' he said. ``I am proud to take a first step, right here, right now, under the scrutiny of all your eyes.''
In other high schools, graduates also reflected on their class experiences.
``We have learned to appreciate the beauty of diversity and embrace individualism in a population of almost 4,000 students,'' Tanya Corpus, senior class president at Birmingham High School Birmingham High School is a public coeducational high school in the neighborhood/district of Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley section of the city of Los Angeles, California. The school is a part of District One of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). said in her speech. ``Showing us the good and the bad of the real world, we have grown up and matured together these past four years and now we will use the knowledge and skills we have acquired to embark on our ultimate test.''
Canoga Park graduate and class president Reginald Green told his fellow grads that they were all created for a purpose.
``It is our time to shine in the outside world,'' Green said. ``Don't ever give up on your dreams and ambitions.''
(1 -- color) A Birmingham High School graduate searches the stands for loved ones loved ones npl → seres mpl queridos
loved ones npl → proches mpl et amis chers
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(2 -- color) Jeffrey Silverstein prepares to walk in Thursday's graduation ceremony at Ulysses S. Grant High School Grant High School may refer to:
See also Berzerkley, BSD.
Note to British and Commonwealth readers: that's /berk'lee/, not /bark'lee/ as in British Received Pronunciation. .
(3) William Garzca, left, and William Garcia cheer as graduation caps are tossed in the air at the conclusion of the graduation ceremony Thursday at Ulysses S. Grant High School.
(4) Canoga Park High School graduate Omar Munoz gets a hug from Principal Dennis Thompson at commencement.
David Sprague/Staff Photographer