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Principal's Message

Students, Parents, Staff, Alumni and Friends;

It is my honor and privilege to serve as principal of Valencia High School and to welcome you to our 81st Commencement Ceremony.

Please allow me to introduce the honorable members of the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District Board of Education. 

* President – Mr. Eric Padget

* Trustee – Ms. Carrie Buck

* Trustee – Mrs. Carol Downey

Also seated on the stage are the distinguished leaders of the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District. 

* Assistant Superintendent – Candy Plahy

* Director – Richard McAlindin

* Director – Minerva Gandara

* Director – Trisha Brady

* Director – Cary Johnson

* Counselor – Denise Plascencia

As I reflect upon the accomplishments of the class of 2015, I say with pride, that you are truly leaving a positive legacy behind.  You have excelled in academics, athletics, arts and activities during your time at Valencia High School and have lived out our motto of Pride, Tradition and Excellence.

Academically, the class of 2015 has contributed to the national recognition Valencia High School has received.  The Washington Post and US News & World Report rank VHS as high as the top 3% of the over 22,000 public high schools in the nation.  This spring, the state of California awarded us with its’ highest honor, the Gold Ribbon Award for what we do to prepare our students to be College and Career Ready.  Valencia High School has become a destination school with students enrolled from 175 different middle schools.  They come to access the unique experience and opportunity that only VHS can provide.  Valencia’s reputation as an academic powerhouse continued on this year with our Academic Competition teams.  Cumulatively, no other public or private high school in Orange County out performed Valencia in Academic Decathlon, Science Olympiad and Chemistry Olympiad, with all three teams advancing to state or national level competition.

This spring has been an exciting season for the Class of 2015 as they were accepted to prestigious universities throughout the nation.  98% of our graduates will be pursuing post-secondary education with 45% going directly to a four year university.  VHS Tigers will be represented at Stanford, Cornell, Brown, Cal Tech, Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, Dartmouth, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Rice, NYU, USC, Claremont McKenna, Fordham, Ohio, Indiana, Oregon, Chapman, Pomona, St. Mary’s, and many more.  The UC system is receiving an influx of Tigers in the fall with many of our students attending Berkley, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Irvine, Davis, Santa Cruz, Riverside, Merced, and UCLA.  Valencia graduates will also be represented at 20 different Cal State Schools and we continue to be one of the top feeder schools to Cal State University Fullerton with over 100 acceptances.  Our graduates leave us today not just accepted to universities, but well prepared to succeed while there.

I would like to give special recognition to the 43 scholars dressed in white robes who are candidates for the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma and the 54 scholars dressed in gray robes who are Val Tech Diploma Recipients.  All are members of the renowned Valencia Academy made up of the top IB program in Orange County and our Val Tech program which recently received the State of California Gold Ribbon Exemplary Program Award.  I would also like to honor and congratulate the 96 Distinguished Scholars, 89 Collegiate Scholars and 36 seniors recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program.  All of these students have challenged themselves with the most rigorous of curriculum and excelled.

Our AVID program continues to support a college going culture on campus with 100% of AVID seniors going to college and 95% going directly to four year universities.  I am proud to share that most of them will be the first generation in their family to go to college. 

For the class of 2015, the hard work and devotion to education has paid off as collectively they have earned over 4 million dollars in scholarships.  I am confident that our graduates will take these resources invested in them along with the educational foundation laid at Valencia High School and build a prosperous future.

The athletic achievements of the class of 2015 were a source of pride as our student athletes in Football, Girls Golf, Girls Tennis, Boys Cross Country, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Boys Tennis and Boys Track captured a school record 8 Empire League Championships.  18 varsity athletic teams advanced to CIF playoffs and our Boys Tennis Team won the CIF Championship!  When it comes to athletic competition, the VHS Tigers are truly revered and respected and I am proud of how you have represented us.

The arts continue to be valued and thrive at Valencia as students use and develop their talents and serve as ambassadors for our school.  Our Drama program was recognized and featured by the Orange County Register and students were awarded at the Drama Teacher Association of Southern California Festival.  The Tiger Regiment took 1st place in five different field shows this year and our Jazz Band is recognized among the top in Southern California.  Our Choir sang the national anthem at Angel Stadium and for the first time in school history, had representation at the regional, state and national Honor Choirs.  Our Orchestra has grown to over 200 members and had their 10th consecutive year of being recognized with Superior Ratings at the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Festival.  The VHS Dance Team had a tremendous year and I am proud to share that for the first time in school history, won a State Championship.

School activities and community involvement continue to be a part of what it means to be a Valencia Tiger.  Led by our ASB, school spirit was brought to new heights this year as they logged well over 5,000 hours promoting activities like “Blue & Gold Fridays” and modeling Servant Leadership at its best.  The class of 2015 completed an average of 100 hours of community service, totaling over 66,000 hours giving back to dozens of local nonprofit organizations.  It is my hope that this experience has inspired you to a lifetime of serving those in need.

In closing, the Class of 2015 will always be special to me as you are my first graduating class as principal.  My heart is filled with joy and pride as I look out at you now and reflect upon all that you have accomplished and the way that you have grown into young men and women of character.  I challenge you to dream big and work hard to achieve the great things I know you are capable of.  I believe in you!  On behalf of the staff of Valencia High School, it has been an honor to be on this journey with you and as you begin this next chapter of life, please remember, Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger!


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Tiger News

Gabby Garcia - Junior Women's Freestyle Duals

VHS senior Gabby Garcia continues to excel as she helped California win the Junior Women's Freestyle Duals Title. Please see the article below for details. Go Tigers!


PSAT/NMSQT- Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The PSAT/NMSQT will be held on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 at Valencia High School. Purchase your PSAT exam for $30 starting now through the summer on our webstore. All college-bound juniors are strongly encouraged to take the exam. Sophomores and freshmen are welcome to take the exam as well.

UC Personal Statement Prompts

The personal statement prompts will remain unchanged for the upcoming application cycle. Students are encouraged to begin working on their personal statements over the summer.

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