115 Madera High Class Walks into the Future Print
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Friday, 01 June 2012 01:30
MADERA - The 115 graduating class from Madera High School walked into their future Thursday night at Memorial Stadium Thursday night. With over 8000 friends and family members filling the stadium to watch nearly 450 or so graduates walk on the stage to accept their deploma.

Senior class president Shirley Munguia presented the school the class gift which will be new fiberglass podiuma. Aska Fayyaz, Momna Khalil,Tianna Williams, Cassie Niino and Kevin Tesoli all gave speeches to their class. 

Following the presentation and acceptance of the class by Principal Kent Albertson and Superintendent Gustavo Balderas  diplomas were handed out by the Madera Unified School District board of trustees. Later in the evening the seniors came back to the Madera High campus for the Sober Graduation Party put on by the California Highway Patrol. Graduates and their guests danced, played cards and rode the mechanical bull all night long (See bottom of this page).



Graduation is a season for celebration.  It's also a time for sober acknowledgment by every grad that the accomplishments of a lifetime and the promise of the future can be erased instantly when drinking and driving are combined.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) wants every member of the class of 2012 to "Make It To Your Future!" safely.

"The Sober Graduation message is an honest, sincere and candid one that is borne of the experience of too many high school grads who celebrated by drinking and driving and whose lives were changed forever, or ended, as a result," said Lt. Paris, commander of the CHP's Madera Area office.  "As you celebrate your graduation from high school, remember that drinking and driving are a deadly combination."

Like the class of 2012, the Sober Grad program has evolved in communities throughout California through its 27 years of learning and experience that began during the graduation season of 1985.  Students, parents, teachers, and the CHP teamed to produce events that highlight teen success and provide a safe environment for celebration where young people can have fun without risking their lives and those of others by drinking, using drugs, and driving.

An example of a popular Sober Grad activity is an all night-long party on graduation night.  Students and their friends pledge to stay through the end of the party and abstain from all alcohol and other mind-altering substances.  Parents, educators, and students make arrangement for food, dancing, entertainment - even breakfast the morning after the party.  Other communities produce innovative, unique events that mirror students’ goals, objectives, and future plans.

"Sober Grad in our area this year is the product of student’s imagination with support from parents, educators, and other participants," said Lt. Paris.  "We're proud to help teens with an appealing alternative to drinking, drugs and driving at the end of the school year."

For those young people who would ignore the cautions of their peers, parents, and others with greater life experience, and who still choose to drink, use drugs and drive, the CHP has another clear message: "We'll provide the chaser."

"The difference between tragedy and triumph at graduation is a measure of a young person's maturity," Lt. Paris said.  "No better opportunity exists for grads to show that they can manage the responsibilities of young adulthood to which they graduate than by staying sober, so everyone can ‘Make It To Your Future!"