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College graduates from Soboba shine

<strong>College graduates from Soboba shine</strong>
Some plan to continue on to graduate school Photo courtesy of Shayne KnutzenShayne Knutzen celebrated her graduation from University of Oregon with family and friends. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians has always been proud this time of year when members complete various levels of education – from preschool through college. Although some tribal members attend schools out of state, their accomplishments are noted by the tribe and applauded by all. The most recent college graduates include Wade Aaron Abbas, Riverside City College; Darla Essie-Ruth Colinet, World Coach Institute Inc.; Kaitlynn Cozart, Portland State University; Corey J. Gilmore Jr., Universal Technical Institute; Shayne Kelly Knutzen, (more…)
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Soboba Tribal preschool promotes students

<strong>Soboba Tribal preschool promotes students</strong>
51 preschoolers and kindergartners take fundamental steps in their education Photos courtesy of Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansPre-Kindergarten students from Soboba Tribal Preschool were officially promoted on June 15; three-quarters of the children have enrolled in kindergarten at the same site for fall. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed Staff and students at Soboba Tribal Preschool have been busy preparing for two important ceremonies as 19 kindergartners graduated from the program on June 14 and 32 preschoolers were deemed ready for kindergarten on June 15. Thursday’s kindergarten ceremony began with a blessing from Steven Estrada, Chairman of the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians. Wayne Nelson, whose daughter $eveela Nelson was (more…)
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Tigers graduating class tops 500

<strong>Tigers graduating class tops 500</strong>
Photos by Corey Evan/The Valley Chronicle San Jacinto High School graduates watch their classmates on the big screen while waiting their turn on stage. Some 502 graduates participated in commencement exercises this month, a senior class that was among the most diverse in history. More than $4.4 million in scholarships were awarded to the school’s graduates. Banners honoring the top 40 students will be hung over downtown San Jacinto this summer. SJ High School grads complete four great years SJHS hosts biggest ever graduating class with over 500 at commencement ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter For four years, they’ve embraced the highs and lows of high school together. For four (more…)
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Combined Class of 2018 graduates look ahead

<strong>Combined Class of 2018 graduates look ahead</strong>
Mountain View High, San Jacinto Adult and Mountain Heights Academy totals 277 accomplished students Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChroniclePresident Ken Swanson shakes hands with graduates on Wednesday June 6. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Smaller high schools aren’t usually associated with big events. But on Wednesday June 6, the graduates of Mountain View Alternative High School, Mountain Heights Academy, and San Jacinto Adult School came together to celebrate their commencement in the biggest way. This year saw the largest graduating class with a final headcount of 277; 250 of whom were present that evening. The overall breakdown was 47 students from Mountain Heights Academy, 77 from SJ Adult School (more…)
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Two top 2018 SJVA students graduate with honors

<strong>Two top 2018 SJVA students graduate with honors</strong>
The valedictorian and salutatorian this year from San Jacinto Valley Academy graduated with their class on Thursday, June 7. Kiley Campos (left), who had a grade point average (GPA) of 4.58, is an International Baccalaureate student and will attend Minnesota University. Brianna Acevedo (right), with a GPA of 4.45, also an International Baccalaureate student, will join the U.S. Air Force. (more…)
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Huskies make their run to Ramona Bowl

<strong>Huskies make their run to Ramona Bowl</strong>
Graduates of Helen Hunt Jackson College Prep High School celebrated May 23 at Ramona Bowl Amphitheater Photos by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleThe Helen Hunt Class of 2018 was 85 grads strong. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Education has changed a lot in the 21st century, and now students can prepare for their futures both in the classroom and online. The Helen Hunt Jackson College Prep High School graduating class of 2018 can attest to that statement. These 85 students, a mix of classroom-based, independent study, and online-based learners, met in person at the Ramona Bowl on Tuesday May 23 to celebrate getting it all done in their own ways. Principal (more…)
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Moments frozen in time

<strong>Moments frozen in time</strong>
Photo by Jolien Vanegas, San Jacinto Valley Academy Senior class President- Ashley Zarate delivered a commencement speech at the graduation ceremony of San Jacinto Valley Academy last week as an airplane with a banner reading Congrats SJVA Wolves Class of 2018 #1. SJVA’s Valedictorian Kiley Campos studied her speech carefully before she too delivered her commencement address to the audience. Meanwhile, the seniors readied their caps and gowns for the final walk on stage to receive their diplomas. San Jacinto Valley Academy’s class of 2018. Seniors- Caleb Spikes and Kalianna Lesa. Seniors- (L-R) Brooke Swenson, Anthony Juarez, Nehemiah Valencia, Sarah Perez, Haylee Morales. SJVA’s Valedictorian, Kiley Campos, studying her speech. Mom (more…)
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Noli Indian School graduates reflect on their journey

<strong>Noli Indian School graduates reflect on their journey</strong>
Fourteen seniors set goals for their futures beyond graduating Photos courtesy of Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansNoli Indian School valedictorian Violet Chacon speaks at the Class of 2018 commencement on June 6 while Noli Principal Donovan Post and counselor Clyde Miller, at right, and others listen. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed As proud family members and friends watched, 14 Noli Indian School seniors made their way to the stage at the Soboba Outdoor Arena on June 6 to participate in the commencement ceremony that marked one of life’s most memorable milestones. Each graduate walked across the stage to a pre-recorded personalized message that reflected on the time they spent as (more…)
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Educators find new ways to engage students

<strong>Educators find new ways to engage students</strong>
Photo courtesy of HUSDStudent Freddy Avila cheeses while he poses with his self-illustrated story. ■ By HUSD / Contributed Every day teachers within the Hemet Unified School District look for interesting new ways to further support and engage students. Education has changed drastically over the past 10 years. Schools are not only focused on academia, but providing services and support systems to support behavioral and social-emotional needs. In addition to extra support services, classrooms and the way in which students learn is different as well. Educators are implementing new ways in which they teach curriculum by implementing technology, allowing students collaboration time to learn from each other, and introducing them to (more…)
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HHS Class of 2018 may be made of steel

<strong>HHS Class of 2018 may be made of steel</strong>
Hemet High’s graduating class took to the Ramona Bowl last Thursday displaying the resilience that got them there Photos by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleOver 500 Hemet High graduates made their way to the Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre last Thursday. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Hemet High’s graduating class took to the Ramona Bowl last Thursday displaying the resilience that got them there. The refiner’s fire is not a comfortable place to be. It involves intense heat and repeated hammering. But it is in the refiner’s fire we are purified and prepared to meet our futures. For the Hemet High School Class of 2018, this year was indeed a refiner’s fire. Losing (more…)