BALDWIN PARK – North Park Continuation High School will celebrate the graduation of 135 seniors at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 – a stellar 98 percent graduation rate that is among the best in the state.
The high school – recognized as a Model Continuation High School by the state – has developed multiple pathways into vocational and academic fields that drive a consistently strong graduation rate.
Many of the graduates have already earned college credits, enrolled in local colleges or trade schools, or have enlisted in the military.
“Nothing matches the thrill of commencement,” Interim Principal Clara Evans said. “These students have faced more challenges during high school than most people face in a lifetime and still they shine, still they succeed. We are immensely proud of them.”
The ceremony will highlight several extraordinary students, including:
- Mariana Rojo: Recipient of both a student speech scholarship and a Schools First scholarship, Rojo will attend Rio Hondo College in the fall.
- Wilmer Sanchez: Recipient of scholarships from the Baldwin Park Organization of Supervisors and Administrators and the
- California School Employees Association, Sanchez will attend Rio Hondo College in the fall.
Miguel Gutierrez: A Red Cross scholarship recipient, Gutierrez has already begun studies at Universal Technical Institute.
The graduation ceremony, held in the school’s quad, will include remarks by Sanchez and Rojo. In addition, the students will be given leis to present to someone who has helped them on their educational journey.