By Julie Giyer
Kern Valley Sun
Kern Valley High School was raring and ready to go for Thursday, May 28 for Senior graduation. Bright and early at 8 a.m., Kern County Sheriff’s Department, Kern County Rangers, Kern County Fire Department #71 and California Highway patrol heavily guarded the entrance to the school to make sure there were no complications.
Several Rotary Club members stood outside with signs to show their support. Cars with seniors and their families came by appointment time and lined outside waiting to go in.
The stage was set at the back side of the football field. Vehicles entered through the side gate between the high school and Wallace. Principal John Meyers stood on the stage alone. A path was made leading to the stage lined with blue and gold flags, as well as teachers wearing their graduation gowns with their college insignia and Alma Mater colors.
The tunnel of graduation, as Vice Principal Eric Hansen calls it had a significant meaning. “When you’re young you begin at that narrow point in life, not having much knowledge. As you progress through life, your whole world opens up before you.
The path they walk today resembles the path they walked through to get where they are now,” said Hansen. Close to a hundred students graduated but only close to 90 were able to walk the stage this day.
Each student had their moment to shine as they walked through the path of teachers to the stage. Their families were able to stand below in support. The heat sweltered and Meyers and his staff braved the long day to make sure their students got the best graduation they could give them.
“I wish we could have done more for them but given the circumstances, we are just happy we were able to provide them with a graduation. I am very proud of all my students and I wish them the very best in their future endeavors,” Meyers said. Principals award for outstanding community member of the year was presented to Dana Goss and Wesley Williams.
Principals award for outstanding staff member of the year was presented to Don Hazard. Teacher of the year was awarded to P.E teacher and Coach Brent Mixon.
At 6 p.m. that evening, a broadcast was put on YouTube of the entire graduation. Jon Feldaschu took amazing photos and video footage of the whole graduation and had it edited in time to air.
The link for the video is https:// https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCJI0-Hz2RE. The graduation was a success. Thanks to the hard work of KVHS staff and Meyers, these students were able to have a graduation.
Even though different than many seniors had hoped for, it was very well put together with much love and support from KVHS.