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Bloomington class of 2010 reflects on their year

By LOURDES VAZQUEZ
June 4, 2010 at 1:04 a.m.

Erika Ortiz, left, 18, laughs with Jaclyn Seyfert, 18, while they get ready to graduate from Bloomington High School.

Bloomington High School Graduation Ceremony

Number of graduates:

38

Class Song

"I Am Not Gonna Cry" - Cory Smith

Class Flower

Rainbow rose

Class Motto

"I will reach for the stars no matter how hard it seems, and fly like a bird with the memories this journey brings."

Source: Graduation program

Cap and gowns flew on as time drew close to walk across the stage.

The Bloomington High School Class of 2010 waited anxiously in the cafeteria annex for the word that is was time to head to the auditorium to start their graduation ceremony.

"We survived. We persevered. We conquered," said Diana Gonzalez, 18, valedictorian, during her speech.

Basia Calzada, 18 took that initiative and graduated early.

"I wanted to be a (registered nurse) really bad. My mom is a (certified nurse's aide) and my grandmother is a (licensed vocational nurse)," said Basia.

Salutatorian Crystal Alvarado, 18, advised her peers to pursue their dream careers.

"You always want to love what you do," said Crystal in her commencement speech.

Diana congratulated her 2010 class with reference to Dora the Explorer.

"Most of all, like Dora the Explorer said...'we did it,' " said Diana.

As the class of 38 waited for the ceremony to begin, several reflected on the question "What obstacles did you overcome to graduate?

"I'm a three-year graduate. I came here from Calhoun because they wouldn't let me graduate early. They let me take online classes, I was always in the library except for two classes."

Basia Calzada, 18, plans to attend Victoria College

"At the beginning of this year I ranked 24 and it went up to 17. I studied harder and paid attention in class."

Akesha Jackson, 17, plans to attend Texas A&M University-Kingsville

"When I found out I was pregnant I thought I had to graduate early. I finished in January and am now walking."

Miranda Cantu, 17, plans to attend Victoria College

"Senoritis, getting things done and just make sure I get all my credits. But also trying to have as much fun as I can."

Trinidad Gomez, 17, plans to attend Victoria College

"Pretty much grades and keeping up with classes. I just tried to keep organized."

Sara Mercado, 18, plans to attend Victoria College

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