A total of 74 graduates walked the stage at Hamilton High School in Anza
■ By Corey Evan / Reporter
A small town high school graduation often turns out a huge crowd. The May 25 graduation ceremony at Hamilton High School in Anza did just that; so it was no surprise that the Bobcat gymnasium was filled to capacity for the occasion.
A total of 74 graduates walked the stage, representing a graduation rate of 96 percent, according to Dr. Dave Farkas, Hamilton High School principal.
“I’m impressed by our turnout and our support tonight, with our community and parents and even friends of our students coming to support them,” said Farkas. “We had definitely a packed house tonight!”
Dr. Farkas also pointed out that among this class, their hallmarks were good leadership, maturity, and their ability to get along well with underclassmen.
“And that’s the thing about the small school; you’re going to have more overlap when it comes to friends that are in different grades.”
An amped-up rendition of “Pomp and Circumstance” filled the gym as dignitaries and graduates made their entrance. Throughout their time, these graduates earned among themselves 50 scholarships from local sources. Among those who came to support the graduates was Hamilton High School Class of 2016 alumnus Clinton Packard.
To succeed in life, you need three things: A wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.”
– Valedictorian Matthew Collins.
“You’re some of the brightest, hardest-working and most talented kids I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing… But I guess you’re not really ‘kids’ anymore,” said Packard. “You adults have overcome so much to be here; Not just homework and tests, but late nights, early mornings, practices and tournaments, forging friendships, and learning to walk away from those who only want to drag you down.”
Valedictorian Matthew Collins reminded graduates of what Reba McEntire once said about life: “To succeed in life, you need three things: A wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” Loosely translated, you need hope, courage and a good sense of humor.
Matthew’s brother Russell Collins, class salutatorian, added, “Believe in yourself, and put effort into what you want.”
They may come from a small town, but these 74 newly-confirmed graduates are now preparing to take on the challenges you find in towns of any size. Congratulations Hamilton Graduates!