Frontier, Pioneer, Sierra Vista and Whittier Adult School Students
WHITTIER, CA – More than 600 Whittier Union High School District students graduated during three commencement ceremonies held Tuesday for Frontier, Pioneer and Sierra Vista high schools as well as the Whittier Adult School. During their speeches, principals for each school expressed their admiration for their students, many of whom struggled with difficult personal challenges, but persevered nonetheless in order to reach graduation day and grab hold of their diplomas.
“Getting here has not been easy, but the fact we are here demonstrates the will power we share, and how hard we each worked to achieve our goals,” said Christina Garcia, one of Frontier’s student commencement speakers. “There have been so many times when we have wanted to just give up – when dropping out was an option we were taking seriously.""But our teachers and our principal encouraged us to continue and if we are here today it is largely due to their determination and patience with us, so the first thing we are going to do as graduates is to say to them, thank you. A lot of the reason we are up here today is because of you. So thank you!”