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ELIZABETH GONZALES: Good evening, it is the request of Del Norte High School Administration that we honor and recognize each graduate. Most of you are here today to celebrate the accomplishments of one graduate special to you. Please allow those around you to celebrate their special graduate. Kindly be reminded to refrain from excessive cheering and the use of noisemakers so each graduate's name can be heard and honored by family and friends. Thank you for attending today's commencement and for sharing in Del Norte High School's commemoration of the academic achievement of the graduating class of 2019.

(crowd cheering and applauding)

("Pomp and Circumstance" by Edward Elgar)

(crowd cheering and applauding)

Ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the Presentation of Colors and the singing of our National Anthem. Gentlemen, please remove caps at this time. Presentation of Colors performed by Del Norte Air Force Junior ROTC. National Anthem will be performed by Del Norte Choir. Please remain standing until all Colors have left the arena floor.

♪ Oh say can you see ♪

♪ By the dawn's early light ♪

♪ What so proudly we hailed ♪

♪ At the twilight's last gleaming ♪

♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪

♪ Through the perilous fight, ♪

♪ O'er the ramparts we watched ♪

♪ Were so gallantly streaming ♪

♪ And the rocket's red glare, ♪

♪ The bombs bursting in air, ♪

♪ Gave proof through the night ♪

♪ That our flag was still there ♪

♪ Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪

♪ O'er the land of the free ♪

♪ And the home of the brave ♪

(crowd cheering and applauding)

Thank you graduates, you may be seated. It is my honor and my pleasure tonight to introduce you to Del Norte High School Principal, Miss Jo Sloan.

(audience applauding)

JO SLOAN: Thank you. Good Evening and Welcome to Del Norte High School's Graduation for the class of 2019!

(audience applauding and cheering)

Let's hear it. I am honored to be here this evening to share in the celebration of our students' achievements and this graduation. We have many honored guests on stage, and they are, Dr. David Peercy, APS School Board President, (audience clapping and cheering)

Miss Peggy Muller-Aragon APS School Board Member. (audience applauding)

Troy Hughes, Associate Superintendent for Leadership and Learning for Zone 4. (audience applauding)

Aimee Milazzo, Executive Director of Curriculum, and Instruction. (audience applauding)

Angie Coutts Assistant Principal, (audience applauding)

Deanne Smith, Curriculum Assistant Principal. (audience clapping and cheering)

Chris Welsh Dean of Students, (audience applauding)

Monica Mancillas Del Norte Teacher, (audience applauding)

Thomas Herndon Athletic Director, (audience applauding)

and Elizabeth Gonzales, our Activities Director. (audience applauding)

To begin this ceremony, I would like to acknowledge all of the parents and family members that are here today. These students have accomplished their educational goals with the support and the guidance of their families and friends. Graduates, please join me in giving a round of applause to your family, your friends and everyone that have helped you achieve your goals.

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I also would like to thank the Del Norte staff, teachers and counselors. Thank you for your dedication and doing what is best for students, thank you.

(audience clapping and cheering)

And tonight we have this moment to reflect back on our seniors' accomplishments with pride and appreciation. Graduates, you have demonstrated your commitment and responsibilities with compassion and excellence. The class of 2019 has earned many recognitions and awards in the past four years. They have achieved both academic and athletic success and scholastic awards that have exceeded $2.5 million.

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Seniors have received accolades for their artistic and musical talents. They have produced laugh out loud plays and established the tradition of the annual Fine Arts Assembly. Seniors have received team awards, individual state championships and community awards. Del Norte has been acknowledged as leaders in Black Student Union, AVID, ROTC, Roundtable, Speech and Debate, and has won many many musical awards. These young men and women are well prepared for the next chapter of life and are capable of outstanding academic success. They also will be our good neighbors and the future leaders in our communities. Graduates, this is your time, look back at your success, be proud, and look forward with promise. Continue to achieve, the Right Way, the Knight Way. And remember, once a Knight always a Knight! Congratulations Class of 2019!

(audience clapping and cheering)

ELIZABETH GONZALES: Thank you Miss Sloan. Let us now recognize the Top Ten Graduates of the class of 2019. These graduates all finished with a cumulative GPA of above a 4.0 average. Please stand and remain standing as I call your name.

Lizbeth Rios, (audience cheering)

Alicia Phillipovich, (audience cheering)

Duyen My La, (audience cheering)

Juliet Terrazas, (audience cheering)

Nadia Dockendorff, (audience cheering)

Jaela Javier, (audience cheering)

Jacob Hensley, (audience cheering)

Lauren Dao, (audience cheering)

and Qi Zhang. (audience cheering)

You may be seated.

And now we would like to introduce this years graduates receiving the Bilingual and Biliteracy Seal. In order to receive the bilingual seal graduates must take four years of a language and pass the language proficiency test. They will receive the seal on their diploma tonight. Please stand and be recognized as I call your name. This year's recipients are,

Denysse Castruita, (audience cheering)

Anayely Garcia, (audience cheering)

Maya Martinez, (audience cheering)

Jennifer Pena, (audience cheering)

Karla Reynaga, (audience cheering)

Lizbeth Rios (audience cheering)

and Anthony Valle-Castillo. (audience cheering)

And now I would like to introduce our Dean of Students, Mr. Chris Welsh.

(audience applauding)

CHRIS WELSH: Our first speaker this evening is Cashmere Pascual. Cashmere plans to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York to pursue a degree in psychology.Cashmere has been involved in AVID, yearbook, and tennis here at Del Norte High School.

(audience clapping and cheering)

(Cashmere gives her speech in sign language)

INTERPRETER: Hello, welcome. My fellow seniors, family, friends, teachers, staff. My name is Cashmere Pascual. And here I am. For 17 years I've grown up with a hearing family. It's been challenging yet fun. Despite the obstacles, I've learned so much especially from the past four years. It took me a long time to embrace who I am. But being deaf is a part of my identity. At first, I didn't embrace that identity because it always made me feel different from everyone else. 

But, I've always been different. Being different is not a bad thing. We all come from different backgrounds. And there's nothing wrong with any of us. Because in the end, we are all humans with different challenges to overcome. I want to spread my pride in who I am with my Deafness. I speak both American Sign Language and English, and I have my whole life. The most important thing in my life is communication. Communication is the key to opening our minds and to understanding each other. We all will see deaf people in our lives. One day, we will work with them, or work for them or become parents of them. 

Here at Del Norte, you've already seen sign language and have been exposed to deaf culture, and you have benefited from that. As a deaf student here at Del Norte, I had to break through the barriers between myself and everyone else. For the whole four years, I was a fully mainstreamed student with interpreters. Sometimes I'd be the only deaf student in a classroom and it would be hard because no one spoke my language. But I met a lot of people who tried their best to understand and accept me for who I am. I feel honored to contribute to our school through my Deafness. I am proud to say that despite the fact that I am deaf, I've proven I am so much more than being just deaf. Being deaf will not stop me from fulfilling my dreams, our different challenges. I'm sure you can name at least one challenge you've had to confront.

Knowing this, we all deserve. We should aspire to accept others for who they are. With open minds, we grow and learn about our true differences and similarities in this world. Del Norte is a place where we are destined to find what we want. To find who we truly are. It's the place we started to discover our true potential. To find our passion. It is where we find what we want to do with our lives. Being a Knight, we've learned how to cherish our diversity, values and beliefs. It means that we have to march on, march on, down the field with our heads held high and determine to win every battle we're in. As long as we do the Knight Way, we will do the Right Way. We've grown and changed a lot since our freshman year. We went through a lot together.

Part of the journey is the end. In the end, it's worth it because we finished it together. All of you, you guys did it. Take a moment to be proud of yourselves. I wish you all nothing but the best. I hope you guys will go off to a good start for the next chapter of your life. Thank you, my family, friends, teachers and everyone else who supported me. We are ready for the next chapter of our lives.

Congratulations, class of 2019!

(audience clapping and cheering)

ELIZABETH GONZALES: Thank you Cashmere, and now we'd like to welcome our Del Norte High School Choir singing That Lonesome Road.

("That Lonesome Road" by James Taylor)

♪ Walk down that lonesome road ♪

♪ All by yourself ♪

♪ Don't turn your head ♪

♪ Back over your shoulder ♪

♪ And only stop ♪

♪ To rest yourself ♪

♪ When the silver moon ♪

♪ Is shining high ♪

♪ Above the trees ♪

♪ If I had stopped to listen ♪

♪ Once or twice ♪

♪ If I had closed my mouth ♪

♪ And opened my eyes ♪

♪ If I had cooled my head ♪

♪ And warmed my heart ♪

♪ I'd not be on ♪

♪ This road tonight ♪

♪ Carry on, carry on ♪

♪ Never mind feeling sorry for yourself ♪

♪ It doesn't save you ♪

♪ From your troubled mind ♪

♪ Walk down that lonesome road ♪

♪ All by yourself ♪

♪ Don't turn your head ♪

♪ Back over your shoulder ♪

♪ And only stop ♪

♪ To rest yourself ♪

♪ When the silver moon ♪

♪ Is shining high ♪

♪ Above the trees ♪

(audience clapping and cheering)

JO SLOAN: Our Valedictorian this evening is Miss. Qi Miko Zhang. Graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 4.456 and Miko will be attending Penn State in the fall.

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Miko has been involved in speech and debate, track, tennis, Black Student Union and the foreign language club at Del Norte High School. Miko has taken advantage of a wide variety of classes at Del Norte, Advanced Placement, UNM Dual Credit and the ever popular office aid class. Miko plans pursue a career in the medical field. It is my honor to present to you our valedictorian Qi Miko Zhang.

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QI MIKO ZHANG: Good evening, my name is Miko. First of all, I want to thank all the teachers, families, friends, and the class of 2019, who came into my life and made my school a grapevine. And I hope everyone in the stadium knows that you all mean so much to me because you all made my high school career exciting and unforgettable. I would like to describe the class of 2019 in one word infinite. By definition infinite means unlimited or immeasurable. I can see all my classmates' bright and infinite futures, there is no limit to what we all can accomplish as long as we work hard. When I first came to the United States, I had to go to a second-grade class to learn English, which I struggled and strived to do so. Starting from learning alphabets to taking AP Literature in high school, and now, here I am, speaking on the stage. During my high school career, I joined Speech and Debate and it strengthened my speaking and listening skills enormously. I was not limited by my cultural background or the language barrier that I have to overcome.

I believe almost everyone has had a dream since their freshman year which is to walk across this stage and hear all the claps and cheers. It is not easy to make this dream come true, some of us had to work a job to be able to support ourselves, some of us have language barriers, some of us have family issues and illness to deal with. But we are all not limited by these obstacles. Today we are all walking across this stage proudly and we will accomplish many more in the future. I know the future is scary and there are infinite possibilities out there, but Joyce DiDonato once said, "One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, right here, right now, in this single, solitary, monumental moment in your life, is to decide, without apology, to commit to the journey, and not to the outcome." 

Commit to the journey that is being filled with full of opportunities, commit to the future that I believe we all will shine in. I believe by this quote by Barack Obama, "Don't just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table." 

Knights, we deserve a seat at Camelot's Round Table! Let's get involved in our lives and step into our future proudly and ambitiously without limits. Thank you.

(audience clapping and cheering)

ELIZABETH GONZALES: All right graduates and families, it's the moment you've been waiting for. Graduates are you ready?

(audience clapping and cheering)

I would like to bring our principal up, Mrs. Sloan.

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JO SLOAN: Board members, Dr Peercy and Miss Muller-Aragon please join me at the podium. Board members, Dr. Peercy and Miss Muller-Aragon, the graduates before you have met the graduation requirements set forth by the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education along with the New Mexico Public Education Department. To you, I present the class of 2019.

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BOARD MEMBER DAVID PEERCY: On behalf of the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education, it is our honor to accept this graduating class of 2019 from Del Norte High School. Congratulations.

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ANNOUNCER 1: Knights, are you ready?

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That being said, let's do this.

(audience clapping and cheering)

Marissa Abeita. (audience cheering)

Fatima Adawee. (audience cheering)

Agush Agushi. (audience cheering)

Mahmod Al Kwaz. (audience cheering)

Carlos Almuina. (audience cheering)

Adam Andrade. (audience cheering)

Gabrielle Andrioli. (audience cheering)

Addison Barnes. (audience cheering)

Yennifer Batalla-Brito. (audience cheering)

Tyrell Beavers. (audience cheering)

Vernold Begay. (audience cheering)

Devon Bentacu. (audience cheering)

Saira Santillanes. (audience cheering)

Thomas Silva. (audience cheering)

Makayla Tyler. (audience cheering)

Jasmine Bowannie. (audience cheering)

Bryant Brock. (audience cheering)

Sarah Brock. (audience cheering)

Austin Brown. (audience cheering)

Brennon Carroll-Benavidez. (audience cheering)

Denysse Castruita. (audience cheering)

Jennifer Chavez. (audience cheering)

Xiola Chavez. (audience cheering)

Giselle Chavez-Ayala. (audience cheering)

Sebastian Chavira. (audience cheering)

Desiree Chinana. (audience cheering)

Isiah Codding. (audience cheering)

Savina Codding. (audience cheering)

Isaiah Cowboy. (audience cheering)

Jaancarlo Cuellar. (audience cheering)

ANNOUNCER 2: Lauren Dao. (audience cheering)

Miriam Davila. (audience cheering)

Ryan Delgarito. (audience cheering)

Noah Dennis. (audience cheering)

Breana Desoto. (audience cheering)

Nadia Dockendorff. (audience cheering)

Michael Duran. (audience cheering)

Dylan Duryea. (audience cheering)

Antonio Ebell. (audience cheering)

Marleen Elias. (audience cheering)

Mojorooluwa Emiola. (audience cheering)

Annalysia Encinias. (audience cheering)

Kevin Estrada. (audience cheering)

Christopher Flores. (audience cheering)

Minerva Gaitan. (audience cheering)

Andres Gallegos. (audience cheering)

Hector Galvez. (audience cheering)

Anayely Garcia. (audience cheering)

Monalisa Garcia. (audience cheering)

Alan Gatica. (audience cheering)

Taylor Gillen. (audience cheering)

Alejandro Gomez. (audience cheering)

Juan Felipe Gomez. (audience cheering)

Marbella Gomez. (audience cheering)

Nicolas Gomez. (audience cheering)

Estevan Gonzales. (audience cheering)

Nazareth Gonzales. (audience cheering)

Kianah Grandberry. (audience cheering)

Olivia Griego. (audience cheering)

Hailey Guarino. (audience cheering)

Antonio Gutierrez. (audience cheering)

ANNOUNCER 1: Xavier Gutierrez. (audience cheering)

Sandra Gutierrez-Jimenez. (audience cheering)

Evelyn Guy. (audience cheering)

Mariam Hameed. (audience cheering)

Kailene Hansen. (audience cheering)

Jade Hare. (audience cheering)

Daisha Hawkins. (audience cheering)

Roy'ale Hayes. (audience cheering)

Isaiah Haynes. (audience cheering)

Jacob Hensley. (audience cheering)

Nadir Hussaini. (audience cheering)

Hernan Ibarra. (audience cheering)

Amir Ibrahim. (audience cheering)

Jaela Javier. (audience cheering)

Aknyda Jim. (audience cheering)

Izaiah Joe. (audience cheering)

Zaina Katba-Bader. (audience cheering)

Duyen My La. (audience cheering)

Alaysha Lawrence. (audience cheering)

Jared Long. (audience cheering)

Sharon Lopez. (audience cheering)

Joshua Maddox II. (audience cheering)

Tyler Maes. (audience cheering)

Emilio Maestas. (audience cheering)

Orion Martin. (audience cheering)

Diego Martinez. (audience cheering)

James Martinez. (audience cheering)

John Martinez. (audience cheering)

Maya Martinez. (audience cheering)

Raban Martinez. (audience cheering)

Valerie Martinez. (audience cheering)

ANNOUNCER 2: Thaddeus Mata. (audience cheering)

Christian Mejia. (audience cheering)

Dominique Mendoza. (audience cheering)

Yvan Lancelot Mendejar. (audience cheering)

Justice Mingkhamsavath. (audience cheering)

Samir Mohammad. (audience cheering)

Jason Montano. (audience cheering)

Laryssa Montoya. (audience cheering)

Jannely Moreno-Miramontes. (audience cheering)

Emery Moussavou Louembe. (audience cheering)

Ciana Moya. (audience cheering)

Mari Moya. (audience cheering)

Alejandro Murguia. (audience cheering)

Omer Najera. (audience cheering)

David Narvaiz. (audience cheering)

Jordan Neilsen. (audience cheering)

Lance Nez. (audience cheering)

Ernesto Ortiz. (audience cheering)

Atah Omar. (audience cheering)

Crystal Pacheco. (audience cheering)

Joseph Padilla. (audience cheering)

Liana Padilla-Nahe. (audience cheering)

Cashmere Pascual. (audience cheering)

Jennifer Pena. (audience cheering)

Cecilia Perez. (audience cheering)

Nguyen bao Pham. (audience cheering)

Alicia Phillipovich. (audience cheering)

Scott Pierce. (audience cheering)

Zar Afshan Popal. (audience cheering)

Cristian Portillo. (audience cheering)

Daniela Prieto. (audience cheering)

ANNOUNCER 1: Erik Quiroz. (audience cheering)

Gonzalo Ramirez. (audience cheering)

Karla Reynaga. (audience cheering)

Alyssa Reynolds. (audience cheering)

Lizbeth Rios. (audience cheering)

Jacob Rodriguez. (audience cheering)

Mariah Rodriguez. (audience cheering)

Samuel Rodriguez. (audience cheering)

Alex Romero. (audience cheering)

Isiah Romero. (audience cheering)

Matthew Romero. (audience cheering)

Damien Ruple. (audience cheering)

Chardonney Saavedra. (audience cheering)

Jacob Saavedra. (audience cheering)

Eduardo Sanchez. (audience cheering)

Jorden Sanchez. (audience cheering)

Shaiann Sanchez. (audience cheering)

Zyan Sanderson. (audience cheering)

Ruby Saucedo. (audience cheering)

Silver Searcy. (audience cheering)

Martin Shema. (audience cheering)

Terra Sierra. (audience cheering)

Diego Silversmith. (audience cheering)

Lucy Singleton. (audience cheering)

Alena Smith. (audience cheering)

Michelle Soto Saavedra. (audience cheering)

Vivian Spates. (audience cheering)

Donart Sylejmani. (audience cheering)

Eva Tam. (audience cheering)

Reina Tapia. (audience cheering)

Brionna Tedford. (audience cheering)

ANNOUCER 2: Juliet Terrazas. (audience cheering)

Kayla Thomas. (audience cheering)

Jordan Thurgood. (audience cheering)

Kahleo Toya. (audience cheering)

Jaron Tracey. (audience cheering)

Arriana Trujillo. (audience cheering)

Edward Trujillo. (audience cheering)

Talia Tyler. (audience cheering)

Steven Valdez. (audience cheering)

Anthony Valle-Castillo. (audience cheering)

Gina Van Ausdall. (audience cheering)

Maria Venzor. (audience cheering)

Alexander Waltower. (audience cheering)

John Ward. (audience cheering)

Thomas Wauneka. (audience cheering)

Mateo Whitman. (audience cheering)

Johnathen Wilkins. (audience cheering)

Courtney Wylie. (audience cheering)

Corey Yepa. (audience cheering)

Donnovan Young. (audience cheering)

Momin Zakhel. (audience cheering)

Lorena Zamarripa. (audience cheering)

Qi Zhang. (audience cheering)

ELIZABETH GONZALES: Please help me welcome Angie Coutts, our Assistant Principal.

(audience clapping and cheering)

ANGIE COUTTS: Well my script went away, good thing I know her. I'd like to introduce to you all this evening, to speak to you and to finalize the graduation this year's 2018-2019, student body president, blank, Dominique Mendoza. (audience clapping and cheering)

DOMINIQUE MENDOZA: Good evening my people. I feel like I should be telling you that Knight's Pizza is selling today for $2 a slice, or to remind you that yearbooks are $65 cash only. But for those of you who don't pay much attention to announcements, my name is Dominique Mendoza, and I'm your student body president.

(audience clapping and cheering)

As a group, we didn't need to start from the bottom, but it looks like the whole team is here. Now this is an emotional time for me, because I have the honor of being in front of all of you beautiful people today. Graduates, families, friends, alumni, and staff, otherwise known as my favorite gangsters, I've spent the past four years under the impression that high school is a never ending adventure, because that's what it felt like. But I'm realizing now I was wrong, it ends. I wish someone had warned me oddly enough that saying goodbye to your best friends isn't the hardest part, because let's be honest, it's not goodbye. Not yet anyway. The hardest part is coming to terms with the fact that that one loud laugh you here on the third floor is yep, Miss Wills. Or doing Miss Bev's current issues the night before it's due. Or hearing Coach Binkley talk about football, football, and even sometimes a little bit of football. Or taking Mrs. Brewer's million slides of notes, or realizing that our phones do have an off button, thanks to Mr. Hagmire.

(audience cheering)

Yes, all these memories will be locked away in the castle and in our hearts forever. Graduation is a celebration, a time for looking back on the many lessons you've learned, adventures you've shared with others, and bright moments filled with special meaning. Graduation is a farewell, a time for saying goodbye to old friends, and to the teachers you love so much and to those you didn't love so much, a farewell to good times you've had, and a time for packing away memories which will be treasures for us in the future. But graduation is not only a celebration and a farewell, but a beginning. A time for looking forward, a time to set new goals, to dream new dreams, and to try your wings to see if you can fly. One might say that we are busting it down into adulthood, and in 10 years hopefully you will all be living prosperously and flourishing and maybe even doing the whoa with your horses in the back. Chief called and he said that the class of 2019 was it. We didn't come this far to only come this far, and I hope when I bump into you at Target in a few years and ask you how business is going, I better hear the answer, it's booming.

Graduates, it's time. Not knight time, well I mean it's always knight time, but please join me as we move our tassels from the right to the left, Alexa, play Congratulations by Post Malone, we did it.

(audience clapping and cheering)

ELIZABETH GONZALES: Graduates will you please rise. Ladies and gentlemen, families and friends, it is my pleasure to now introduce you to the Del Norte High School Alumni Class of 2019, congratulations.

(audience clapping and cheering)

(celebratory orchestral music)

Top Graduates

Lizbeth Rios, Alicia Phillipovich, Duyen My La, Juliet Terrazas, Nadia Dockendorff, Dominque Mendoza, Jaela Javier, Jacob Hensley, Lauren Dao – Salutatorian, Qi Zhang – Valedictorian