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2016 Senior Registration
Date: 8/15/2016, 8 AM – 12 PM
2016 Junior Registration
Date: 8/16/2016, 8 AM – 12 PM
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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 82nd Commencement Ceremony.
Please allow me to introduce the honorable members of the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified
School District Board of Education.
* Vice President – Karin Freeman
* Trustee – Carrie Buck
Also seated on the stage are the distinguished leaders of the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District.
* Assistant Superintendent – Candy Plahy
* Assistant Superintendent – Kevin Lee
* Director – Richard McAlindin
* Director – Cary Johnson
As I reflect upon the accomplishments of the class of 2016, 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 2016 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 4% of the over 22,000 public high schools in the nation. 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 as evidenced by the 2,000 AP and IB exams taken this spring in 50 different subject areas. 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, Chemistry Olympiad and CyberPatriot Competition, with all four teams advancing to the state or national level. VHS Tigers continue to innovate as our Robotics team hosted Orange County’s first ever regional robotics competition, drawing team from throughout the state and beyond.
This spring has been an exciting season for the Class of 2016 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, Princeton, Brown, West Point Military Academy, Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon, Notre Dame, Baylor, NYU, USC, Claremont McKenna, Ohio State, Indiana, Oregon, Chapman, Pomona, Occidental, Carleton, 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 strongly represented at Cal State Schools and we continue to be one of the top feeder schools to Cal State University Fullerton with over 100 acceptances, including two seniors earning presidential scholarships. 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 68 scholars dressed in white robes who are candidates for the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma and the 41 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 made VHS one of only two schools in the county to receive the State of California Gold Ribbon Exemplary CTE Program Award. I would also like to honor and congratulate the 138 Distinguished Scholars, 94 Collegiate Scholars and 52 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 80% 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 2016, 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 2016 were a source of pride as our student athletes in Football, Girls Golf, Girls Tennis, Boys Cross Country, Girls Cross Country, Boys Water Polo, Boys Soccer, Boys Tennis and Boys Track captured a school record 9 Empire League Championships. 15 varsity athletic teams advanced to CIF playoffs, our Girls Tennis Team won the CIF Championship, and we celebrated a four-time State Champion in girls wrestling! The Class of 2016 also enjoyed winning the Bell Game all four years of high school and watched Coach Marrujo’s historic 300th career victory. 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 develop their talents and serve as ambassadors for our school. Our Drama program had an outstanding year and was recognized by the Orange County Register for their “Living Theater” and exhibit in support of “The Diary of Anne Frank” production. VHS Students were also honored at the Drama Teacher Association of Southern California Festival. The Tiger Regiment Marching Band, Drum Line and Color Guard are consistently ranked in the Top 5 in Southern California. Our Concert and Jazz Bands are also recognized among the top in Southern California earning unanimous superior ratings.
Our Choir for the first time in school history, had representation at the regional, state and national Honor Choirs as well as the Orange County Vocalist of the Year. Our Orchestra has grown to over 200 members and had their 11 th consecutive year of being recognized with Superior Ratings at the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association Festival. Senior members of the VHS Dance Teams had a tremendous year at competition and I am proud to share that for the first time in school history, helped us bring home a State Championship. School activities and community involvement continue to be a part of what it means to be a Valencia Tiger.
VHS was one of only 30 high schools in California to host a TED talk, creating an opportunity for students to challenge and inspire us to reflect upon how we are all connected to one another. Led by our ASB, school spirit was brought to new heights this year as they logged well over 7,000 hours promoting activities like “Blue & Gold Fridays”, “Link Crew” and modeling Servant Leadership at its best. Their efforts were honored by being awarded with the 2016 California Association of Student Leaders, Outstanding Leadership Program Award. The class of 2016 completed an average of 100 hours of community service, totaling over 65,000 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 2016 will always be special to me as you are my last 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 talented and dedicated 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 as I remind myself, Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger!
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Valencia High School's new principal Mr. Hector Vasquez is on campus today shadowing Mr. Lopez who was recently promoted to Director of Personnel. He met with staff in library before the start of 1st period and then shadowed Mr. Lopez.
Welcome aboard Mr. Vasquez!
Mr. Lopez, "Once a tiger, always a tiger!"