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Bloomington graduates take next step to follow dreams (w/video)

By Johnathan Silver
June 6, 2014 at 1:06 a.m.
Updated June 7, 2014 at 1:07 a.m.

Joshua Reed, right, hugs a classmate in the library before the start of Bloomington High School's graduation in Bloomington.

Top 10 Graduates Bloomington High School

In alphabetical order:

Estela Aguirre

Elizabeth N. Arredondo

Tristan Kyle Carpenter

Sydney Marie King

John Anthony Mendez III

Ariana Nicole Ortiz

Moises Trevino

Jason Michael Valenzuela Jr.

Brittany Renee Wallace

Kayley Renay Williams

The Bloomington High School Class of 2014 worked and played hard and came together for the last time Friday night for commencement.

The Drake-quoting, record-breaking, 100-percent-college-admittance group of 45 talked to the Advocate just before walking into the school's football stadium. They answered this question:

What is the most important lesson you've learned in high school?

"Value what you've got."

  • Christopher Cabrera, 18, Victoria College

"Always follow your dreams."

  • Tanner Chavana, 18, Victoria College

"Don't let kids push your buttons. And don't let them get you down. Above all, don't let them stop your dreams."

  • Enrique McKenzie, 20, Victoria College

"Be responsible; don't let anyone stop your dreams."

  • Kelsey Ortiz, 18, of Victoria, Victoria College

"When you fall down, get back up. Learn from your mistakes."

  • Jordan Alford, 18, Victoria College then Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

"Stick together and overcome everything."

  • Francisco Vargas Jr., 19, Victoria College

"To not let anyone put you down and be your own person. And do what you want to do. Don't let them make any decisions for you."

  • Jasmine Hernandez, 18, Victoria College

"To work hard and not give up on your dreams."

  • Brittany Wallace, 18, Victoria College

"Don't pay any mind to any bad experiences. It doesn't matter because you're going to graduate and move on to bigger and better things."

  • Elizabeth Arredondo, 17, Victoria College

"Be an individual, and you'll go further than the followers because those who follow don't learn."

  • Kelsey Williams, 18, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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