Rocklin Independent, Victory High celebrate students' hard work

By: Anne Stokes, Placer Herald Correspondent
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It was standing room only at the Rocklin Event Center on June 6 as the 2012 graduating classes of Victory High School and Rocklin Independent Studies marked the conclusion of their high school years. Diplomas were presented to 109 students ? 32 from Rocklin Independent and 77 from Victory High School. Many of the students are now headed for a secondary education to prepare them for a wide variety of careers. ?The students have worked extraordinarily hard. This is a great opportunity for them to be recognized for all their very hard work. It?s a beautiful event. The students do a wonderful job and it?s a well-deserved celebration,? said Rocklin Alternative Education Principal Mark Williams. ?In my role as principal, I have seen first hand the effort and hard work put forth by these students and I am truly proud of their accomplishments.? Victory High School senior Danelle Blanchard encouraged her classmates to keep an open mind in looking toward the future. ?We?ve finally finished this chapter of our lives and we still have an entire book to write,? she said. ?It?s up to us to create the future chapters of our lives. Many of us will continue on to college; others will join the family business and the rest of us aren?t even sure what we?ll do after tonight. And that is OK. Clarity and focus will come at some point.? Rocklin Independent senior Emily Zick told her fellow graduates to be thankful for the gift of an education. ?We need to express our gratitude for all the wonderful opportunities that have been given to us,? she said. ?We are privileged to have attended this school and as we make our transition into life beyond school, the education we?ve received will surely help us time after time. ?Class of 2012, dare to reach your dreams, dare to excel, dare to go the extra mile, dare to make your mark in this world and, of course, dare to be the best you can be,? she concluded.