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Admiral King's last grads cross the stage

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LORAIN — “They definitely saved the best for last,” Admiral King Class President Jasmine Garcia told the class of 2010 Wednesday night during the final graduation ceremony for the school.

Admiral King and Southview high schools will merge into Lorain High School on the grounds of Admiral King starting in the fall.

Families cheered, graduates beamed, programs fanned the crowd in the packed gymnasium and everyone spoke of achieving dreams and living up to expectations during the 48th and commencement ceremony.

“Slow down, ease up and cherish the moment,” class salutatorian Anna Marie Britvec said.

Britvec, a member of student council and Key Club and a student athlete, will attend the University of Findlay in the fall where she will double-major in pre-veterinarian and biology.

She urged her classmates to savor their graduation because “like it or not, responsibility is knocking.”

She also spoke of living up to the expectations of their education.

“Reach,” she said. “We all have an obligation to achieve all that we dream of.”

Admiral King Principal Diane Conibear announced the class of 2010 had earned $3.5 million in scholarships and congratulated the students on being “a part of this history-making moment in Lorain City Schools” as King’s final graduating class.

Garcia, a drum major with the marching band, varsity cheerleader and student athlete, will attend Ohio University in the fall to study communications.

The valedictorian told her classmates they would “always be proud graduates of Lorain Admiral King.”

Conibear urged the graduates to always strive for the best.

“Never settle for things which you think you can easily accomplish,” she said. “Challenge yourself … expect the most from yourself, and you will succeed in life.”

As the seniors marched across the stage, many waved or even danced as families screamed, cheered, gave standing ovations and blew air horns.

Twenty-year-old Julia Ayala, who was supposed to be a member of the class of 2007, said she was thrilled to be an Admiral King graduate.

“I’m excited and happy,” she said.

Denver Malcolmb II, 17, said his accomplishment wasn’t his own.

“I’ve gotta thank my Mom and Dad and my Lord,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Contact Alicia Castelli at 329-7144 or acastelli@chroniclet.com.



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