Riverdale High School Class of 2022 leaves behind a litany of impressive hits

Riverdale High School class saluters Giovanni Roa, left, Leona Phillips, center, and Iván Ibarra, right, take a class selfie during the Friday night (June 10) graduation ceremony at Cowboys Stadium Jack Kingfield.

Riverdale High School class saluters Giovanni Roa, left, Leona Phillips, center, and Iván Ibarra, right, take a class selfie during the Friday night (June 10) graduation ceremony at Cowboys Stadium Jack Kingfield.

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If you ask Riverdale High School Principal David Simpson about the Class of 2022, he’ll tell you that its members “have experienced many unique changes in their world, and also within themselves” over their four years in high school.

“Just four years ago, the Class of 2022 walked through the doors of Riverdale High School with a variety of emotions ranging from fear, excitement, uncertainty and anxiety,” said Simpson during the Opening Ceremony Friday night (June 10) at Cowboys Stadium Jack Champ du Roi.

“Greater than all of these emotions was the realization that each of these young men and women had goals and dreams,” Simpson said, adding that “they have achieved some of their dreams as they prepare to go beyond and achieve these mini goals that are still ahead.”

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Riverdale High School Class of 2022 during graduation Friday night (June 10) at Cowboys Stadium Jack King Field. Maria G. Ortiz-Briones [email protected]

Simpson said the attitudes, journeys and ambitions of the Class of 2022 leave the mark of many impressive successes for these young adults sharing some of the “incredible things they’ve done and who they’ve become.”

In the academic field, 47 of 116 have completed at least one advanced placement course.

70 attended one or more ROP CTE vocational training classes.

19 students have participated in the AVID program, and many of them will continue their studies at a college or university next year.

40 students received the Golden State Seal of Merit for their graduation.

18 students received the California State Seal of Biliteracy.

30 have received the Presidential Pin Recognized by President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for Academic Excellence for a GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.

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Riverdale High School Class Saluters Giovanni Roa, front left, Leona Phillips, back left, and Iván Ibarra, front right, with valedictorian Isabela González (back right) as they enter the stage during the graduation ceremony graduation Friday night (June 10) at Cowboys Stadium Ground Jack King. Maria G. Ortiz-Briones [email protected]

34 students received the Honor Cup by maintaining a 3.5 GPA while completing at least 36 college courses from A to G, maintaining a B or higher throughout their high school careers.

10 students obtained life membership in the CSF.

10 students obtained their FFA state diploma.

Of the 116 graduates, 85% will continue their education after high school to some degree.

Two are enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.

“The accomplishments of this class are profound, awe-inspiring and inspiring,” Simpson said.

Riverdale High School valedictorian Isabela González will attend UC Berkeley in the fall to major in psychology and embark on family marriage counseling.

“It’s exciting and it’s a bit bittersweet, a bit sad to see everyone go,” said González, who is a first-generation student, of graduating from high school.

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Riverdale High School valedictorian Isabela González receives an academic achievement award during the June 10 graduation ceremony. Maria G. Ortiz-Briones [email protected]

Not only did González graduate at the top of her class, but she also received the Biliteracy Seal, Golden State Seal Merit Diploma, and Presidential pin, as well as the Life Membership pin and lanyard of the CSF as well as the AVID cord.

In his speech, González offered some advice: “It’s okay not to know what you’re doing. It’s okay to be scared, because I know we’re all scared. We’re about to enter the real world, and it’s daunting. But we must not let fear stop us from pursuing what we want.

In his greeting speech, Giovanni Roa said that even though their time at Riverdale High School was cut short by the pandemic, once school finally resumed, there were positives, and they will never forget the memories. they created themselves.

“It was really amazing to watch us grow into the people we are today. We actually started taking steps towards becoming adults, pursuing the careers we worked hard for,” Roa said. possibilities are endless, even after the circumstances of the past few years.

Salutatorian Iván Ibarra gave a special shout out to his mother, father and siblings during his speech.

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Riverdale High School Salutes Iván Ibarra, with his family during the Friday night (June 10) graduation ceremony at Cowboys Stadium Jack King Field. Maria G. Ortiz-Briones [email protected]

“When my father immigrated to the United States, he knew that one day he would have children. For this very reason. He pushed us hard every day, whether we complained or not. He didn’t want us to live the same life as him. He wanted to give us the advice he never got,” Ibarra said of his father, Juan Ibarra, who is an eighth-grade math teacher who grew up in Mexico and whose father died in 10 years old.

To his classmates, Ibarra said “we all have goals. To achieve them, we must work hard and never give up on our dreams.

Riverdale High School

June 10, 2022

Cowboys Stadium Jack King Ground / Riverdale

Latin inscription: 88.0%

Latin valedictorian: Isabela Gonzalez

Latin Salutatorians: Ivan Ibarra, Giovanni Roa

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Riverdale High School valedictorian Isabela González, center, with class saluters Giovanni Roa, left, and Iván Ibarra, right, before the June 10 graduation ceremony. Maria G. Ortiz-Briones [email protected]

Underline: This year, Riverdale High School brought back the tradition of inviting friends and family to the start of the ceremony on the grounds to join the graduates for an opportunity for photos, hugs, a brief celebration that didn’t last. more than 10 minutes before everyone returns to their seats to continue the ceremony.

Quotation: “The Class of 2022 is made up of scholars, artists, performers, athletes, leaders and more. You have persevered through difficult times and you have arrived at this moment. Your graduates will go from strength to strength. forward to leave their mark on our world,” Riverdale Unified School District Superintendent Jeff Percell.

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