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Congratulations, Class of 2024 – The Paly Voice

By Vaseline May31,2024
Congratulations, Class of 2024 – The Paly Voice

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The Palo Alto High School Class of 2024 prepares for graduation Thursday at Viking Stadium in a ceremony accompanied by music and speeches. Senior Sid Senn spoke to the work ethic of the Class of 2024. “Either we let our hopes and dreams pass, or we grit our teeth and pull through,” Senn said. “For Paly’s Class of 2024, I know it is often the last.”

“I am honored to say that the Class of 2024 from the State of California and the Palo Alto Unified School District has completed the graduation requirements for high school graduation.”

These were the words Shana Segal, vice chair of the PAUSD Board of Education, spoke just before the diplomas were handed out.

Graduation caps with colorful references to universities filled Viking Stadium this afternoon during the Class of 2024 graduation ceremony.

There were festive performances during the program.

Despite audio issues, seniors Annalize Klenow, Rori Escudero and Maximilian Rabbitt-Tomita sang Keane’s pop song “Somewhere Only We Know” on guitar.

PAUSD Superintendent Don Austin later praised how the musicians handled the sound problems.

“When you three came up and had good issues, I saw a hundred decisions being considered at once,” Austin said. “I saw you looking at each other, I saw you solving problems without saying a word, I saw you solving problems. Then one of you turned and said, “Go on.” As a graduate you go out and there are many things that don’t go according to plan. You will have to make choices at this time. If you have the option to blame someone else for what just happened, to quit, to complain, or to look your teammate in the face and say move on, then choose to move on to go. That inspires people; that’s what leaders do. ”

The band played music from the movie “La La Land” and the choir sang “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” by Dolly Parton.

Senior class president Bella Nguyen gave a speech after the graduation ceremony before the Class of 2024 threw their caps into the air.

“I can’t wait to see where the world will take us. Better yet, where we are taking the world,” said Nguyen.

Associated Student Body Director Steven Gallagher, who was responsible for organizing the program as one of his last acts before returning to teaching social studies full-time, said he was thrilled with the event.

“The most exciting thing for everyone is hearing their name and crossing the stage,” said Gallagher. “This is their moment. They earned it. In schools since kindergarten, this is the time to gain recognition.”

According to senior Hadas Hart, the event has been highly anticipated over the past few weeks of school.

“I was really looking forward to graduation,” Hart said. “I feel like graduating high school is one of the first major achievements in life, so it’s exciting to experience that.”

An InFocus livestream of the graduation is available here.

Editor’s note: Additional reporting from opinion editor Motoko Iwata.

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