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Santa Barbara High School’s Seniors Bask in the Moment at Graduation

Principal John Becchio challenges the Class of 2014 to 'go on and do something great'

A solemn moment for Santa Barbara High School’s senior class before the true celebration begins during Thursday’s graduation ceremony in Peabody Stadium.

A solemn moment for Santa Barbara High School’s senior class before the true celebration begins during Thursday’s graduation ceremony in Peabody Stadium.  (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)

By Lara Cooper, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @laraanncooper |

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As one student speaker put it, Thursday night's commencement was both a beginning and an end for seniors at Santa Barbara High School as they gathered to celebrate their graduation with family and friends.

Hundreds of students walked the track around Peabody Stadium in their olive green, gold and white robes, waving to supporters before taking their seats on the stadium's field.

Thursday night's group of graduating Dons made up the 139th class in the school's history.

The mood was celebratory, though many students wore a pin with an "NJ" on their mortarboards in honor of Nick Johnson, a SBHS grad who died this year while swimming laps in the school's pool.

Principal John Becchio praised the students for their accomplishments and encouraged them to take what they've learned to make the world a better place.

"Please use what you've learned here with us at Santa Barbara High School to go on and do something great with your life," he said.

Laine Fisher, Associated Student Body President spoke, along with seniors Jessica Gaffney, Evely Jimenez and Esmeralda Estrada, who all gave commencement addresses.

Estrada said she began high school almost overwhelmed by all the obstacles she faced. But over time, "I saw these as the moments that would make me stronger," she said, encouraging her classmates to use failure to make them stronger as well.

She'll be starting at Santa Barbara City College in the fall, saying she's "nervous and excited" to start a new chapter.

"Some poor students are graduating as Royals or Chargers tonight," she said, taking a jab at neighboring high schools, who also had their commencements on Thursday night.

Turning to her class, she said "you know who you are. We made it."

The Class of 2014 for Santa Barbara High School includes the following graduates:

Austin Cole Abreu

Wendy Teresa Acosta

Myles Neil Adams

Roosevelt Levank Adderley

Victoria Isela Aguirre

David Alcala

Kayla Rene Alcantar

Krystal Karisma Aldana

Gabriel Andrade

Joshua Anguiano

Bradley Joseph Apodaca

Grace Apostolopoulos

Maria Guadalupe Arambula

Linda Natali Arellano

Alex Emilie Arend

Finn James Arnesen

Edith Arriaga

Pamela Arriola

Daniel Michael Arroyo

Estevan Aurelio Arroyo

Juan Manuel Ascencio

Hector Mauricio Avila

Elizabeth Aviles

Bianca Sampaio Badham

Gianna Simone Bailey

Jack M Baker

Michael Harris Bangs

Cynthia Noreen Barahona

Julian Anthony Barba

Baillie K. Barnett

Yadira Michelle Barreto

Robert Alan Bauer

Dahlia Sonali Beaven

Antonia Louise Becerra

Gustavo Bello

Dalia Beltran

Morgan Isabel Benedict

Maximillian Kane Bennett

Renee Carinne Berkus

Isabella Edith Berlanga

Adriana Bernal Santos

Stefan Bienczak

Dayna Ivy Bishop

Kelly Michaela Bishop

Lauren Adelle Bishop

Ky Lorraine Biswell

Noah Carl Philippe Boivie

Nicole Maria Bordas

Samuel Alexander Borden

Amelia Anayeli Borrayo

Edith Botello

Hadley Rosemary Boyd

Alondra Diane Broeffle

Isaiah Edgar Brothers

Justin Dozier Brown

Anna Fae Brummett

Signe Prip Bruun

Trinh Ngoc Thuy Bui

Caneel Francesca Burgner

Noah Burke

Katherine Colgate Burrows

Olivia Belle Caesar

Alexander Michael Calderon

Foster Josef Heifetz Campbell

Sandy Capacio Campbell

Melissa Campuzano Padilla

Roy August Cannon Berg

Helda Iris Canseco

Kimberly Daisy Cardona

Theodore Thomas Caretto

Madison Claire Carlentine

Richard Dennis Carone

Ivalany Alejandina Carrera

Raul Carvajal Rodriguez

Shayne Michal Casso Cloonan

Iridian Selene Castaneda

Alejandra Kate Castillo

Jennifer Magdalena Castro

Jennifer Sepulveda Castro

Karina Cruz Castro

Maria Jose Castro

Jacqueline Castro Diaz

Evelyn Abigail Cervantes

Jordan St. Clair Chandler

Taylor Rae Chard

Carolina Savannah Chavez

Elisha Naomi Chavez

Ian Lucas Cheverez True

Ryan Sunghwa Chung

Connor Edward Clancy

Vladimir Claudio Miguel

Terra Daniella Cobian

Parker Franklin Cohen-Oswald

Desirea Renea Coleman

Oscar Armando Corrales

Alyssa Renee Cosio Murillo

Karelly Cruz

Lucy Isabel Cudahy

Cheroke Cary Cunningham

Mary Katherine Cusimano

Jacob Alexander Dahneke

Angie Damaso

Jack Michael Damen

Raider Lee Damron

Joseph Wilson Davies

Daniel Jeffrey Davis

Violeta Alicia De La Fuente

Monica Patricia De La Hoz

Erick Eduardo De La Luz

Hailey Marie deBoer

Andrea Delgado

Eric Berto Deloya

Aisha Lily Demachkie

Quinn Phillips Denkensohn

Luke Wesley Dennett

Tessa Elizabeth Dewell

Eleonora Di Carlo

Itzel Diaz

Rowan Peter DiIoia

Madison Zoe Dochterman

Adam Keegan Doiron

Christian Dominguez

Laura Dorado

Talhia Dorado

Connor Curtin Dougherty

Jackson Penn Duneier

Morgan Leah Dunn

Mariana Elias Calles Duran

Selena Berenice Elenes

Kenneth Steven Elias

Faith Ellington-Baker

San Ergun

Diana Teresa Escobar

Jacob Anthony Escobar

Fernando Estevez Ramirez

Esmeralda Estrada

Iris Anai Estrada

Brewtus Louis Faoro

Tristan Davis Fauntleroy

Alexander Peter Fedyk

Daniel Eliezer Feinberg

Steven Douglas Ferguson, III

Marandah Rain Field-Elliot

Laine Holliday Fisher

Judith Flores

Marline Flores

Olivia Nicole Fox

Jasmin Frausto

Jessica Sue Gaffney

Alberto Gallo

Selena Games

Christina Garcia

Indiana Elena Garcia

Jocelyne Citlali Garcia

Jose Elias Garcia

Jose De Jesus Garcia

Lucero Garcia

Paola Navarro Garcia

Raquel Mari Vi Garcia

Raymond Anthony Garcia

Sergio Garcia Martinez

Maria Fernanda Gaytan Olguin

Alex Gazga

Savannah Rose Genet

Brenna Siobhan Gerlach

Javier Gil

Noah McGregor Gillard

Harrison Gilman

John Jacob Byrum Glasson

Gavin John Goerke

KellyAnn Golden

Regino Gonzalez

Efrain Gonzalez, Jr.

Andrew Nicholas Goodman

Gabrielle Liberty Goss

Gabriel Lea Grandcolas

Channing Hope Grant

Megan Sarah Grant

William Moore Graves

Max Holden Green

Liana Marin Greene

Ariana Sage Gross

Cristal Analy Guerra Cuevas

Hector Hugo Guerrero

Canyon James Gutierrez

Gersai Gutierrez

Jenna Rose Gutierrez

Estefania Gutierrez Guerrero

Jordan Tomas Guzman

Natanael Guzman

Sophie Isadora Haber

Wyatt Sven Hagen

James Elijawan-Atye III Hale

Morgan Robert Hale

Haley Oak Hanson

Zariana Madison Hayes

Charlotte Andrews Hayward

Tyler Heffernan

Matthew Joseph Heintz

Shane Williamson Hekhuis

Elizabeth Forrest Hendrix

Amanda Leilani Hensley

Sebastian Maximo Herics

Ahtziri Hernandez

Cesar Armando Hernandez

Wendy Hernandez

Maria Fernanda Hernandez Guzman

Ian Robert Hewitt

Ivy Veronica Hirsch

Margaret Alexandra Hogenson

Michaela Lindsey Hook

William Peter Howard

Wil Kevin Hudson Crummer

Bryan Huerta

Omar Huizar

Carl Andrew Hutchinson

Jumoke Ade Hutton

Isabel Yaneli Ibarra

Ramon Ibarra

Christopher Louis Imperato

Tucker Stephen Ingalls

Dolan Christopher Ingraham

Sydney Paige Iverson

Jonah Light Iwanaga

Christine Anne Jacobs

Hannah Pauline Jaffe

Patterson Wardlaw Jaffurs

Isabel Myla James

Drew Danes Janssen

Gerardo Jasso

Breana Margarite Jimenez

Ernesto Jimenez

Evely Viviana Jimenez

Francisco Javier Jimenez

Jose Manuel Jimenez Raudes

Joel Wesley Johnson

Samuel Berkeley Johnson

Ernesto Antonio Juarez

Christiana Susanne Karam

Joshua Aaron Kass

Jack Elliot Keough

Patrick Taylor Kim

Nicholas Nelson Kvistad

Patsy Marian Lakey

Paige Elizabeth Lambert

Ruth Ann Laraway

Mian Elizabeth Laurain

Ivan Lazaro

Jack Andrew Leach

Lea Thu-Thuong Le-Quaglino

Claire Madeline Lindstrom

William James Looker

David Lopez

Edwin Emanuel Lopez

Jacqueline Arleth Lopez

Christian Noel Machaen

Samantha Chase Schultz MacNeil

Kelli Laura Martindale

Michelle N. Matamoros

Skyler Salazar Matthews

Hector Alejandro Maya

Julia Renee McClintock

Morgan Alyse McDonald

Malena Esche McKaba

Sierra Joan McNeel-Moore

Marco Antonio Medina

Ines Griselda Mendoza

Stefanie Mera

Elmer Miguel

Edward Anthony Miller

Michaila Rae Miller

Declan Anthony Minnis

Andrea Lee Minshull

Brandon Molina Gonzalez

Edward Anthony Montejano, Jr.

Arielle Joy Dailo Moorman

Javier Ivan Mosqueda

Francisco Javier Mota

Landon William Mullen

Tanner Cole Munizich

Victor Angel Muro

Ian Oliver Narine

Daniela Viririana Nava

Manuel Guadalupe Negrete

Amanda Marie Nicholson

Rachel Carolyn Oatis

Alberto Ocampo Ortiz

Jessica Ochoa

Natalie Ochsner

Valeria Christina Orellana

Jessica Ornelas

Aaron Ortega

Gabriel Tanguay Ortega

Gerardo Rosales Ortega

Megan Ortega

Tessa Ortega

Zachery Ortiz

Donte Richard Owens

Joel Pacheco

Adam Harrison Parker

Harry Theodore Parker

Jonathon Antonio Patino Alvarez

Skylar Payovich

Diego Perez

Itzel Carisa Perez

Juan Miguel Perez

Kenneth Anthony Perez

Abigail Jane Perry

Ethan Pitney

Rocio Alejandra Ponce

Eli Nicholas Pratt

Isabelle Claire Radis

Alexa Miroslava Ramirez

Clio Ramirez

Erika Ramirez

Monica Ramirez Cuevas

Arline Paola Rangel

Olivia Mae Ranson

Skylar Stephan Rauch

Luna Reyes

Alexandra Tily Reyner

Cameron Christine Reynolds

April Harmony Craddock Rhodes

Katherine Elizabeth Rice

Francesca Marie Richardson

Ismael Adrian Rios

Nicholas Edward Rivera

Bailey Louise Roach

Nicole Marie Rocha

Jessany Hope Rodenas

Adrian Antonio Rodriguez

Karen Michelle Rodriguez

Marco Daniel Rodriguez

Jillian Christine Rogers

Rebeca Ruiz Sanchez

Skyler Ryan Sabado

Gabija Safranavicius

Saavan Rita Sagar

Siena Malaika Salgado

Ana Delia Salgado Sanchez

Iliana Pule Salinas

Emilia Sanchez

Andrea Yuritzi Sanchez Gonzalez

Nicholas Alexander Santana

Lisa Anne Santry

Rachel Maren Scheib

Ava Rose Schulenberg

Salvador Serna

Libby Kay Sestak

Shayana Callos Shrestha

Alida Rose Siegel

Jessica Silva Alvarado

Lucie Anna Simmons

Danielle Nicole Smith

Spencer Dawson Smith

Liam Hutchings Snider

Octavio Solano, Jr.

Andrea Solis

Andrew Steven Solis

Maria Llaly Soto

Lucas Daigle Stark

Samuel Kelsey Steady

Cassidy Lynn Stein

Timothy Lawrence Stickles

Ryan Patrick Stoll

David Suarez

Adrian Rafael Susilo

Tobby Sontillano Sy

Sherry Kongit Tamrat

Juvenal Isaias Tapia

Talia A. Tashma Rapp

Zachary Isaac Taylor

Tomas Tedesco

Jesus David Terrazas

Madison Mae Terry

Crysta Breann Thompson

Karina Helene Thornton

Deborah Anne Throop

Andrew Dean Tighe

Ciara Isabella Tolliver

Juan Carlos Torres

Ralph Tadao Toyooka

Bianca Lizette Trujillo

David Trujillo

Kole Waldemar T'Sas

Eden Rain Turner

Skyler Graham Ulep

Paul David Unzueta

Ellen Joyce Upton

Rodrigo Uribe

Elizabeth Grace Vaccaro

Maria Ines Vallecillo

Nicholas Vargas

Stephanie Vargas Estrada

Mari Lane Vazquez

Salvador Vazquez

Alan Enrrique Velasquez Hernandez

Brian Velazquez

Alejandra Ventura

Stefanny Charco Ventura

Jake McCray Vernon

Phah Vutsatitavon

Madeleine Marie Wall

Matthew Aaron Wallock

Curtis Lee Wathne

Mackenzie Leigh Watkins

Ashlen Kate Weddington

Breanna Bergren Weeks

John Declan Weger

Evy Houston Weiland

Savannah Jean Weymouth

Brian Alan Wheeler

Holden Douglas Winship

Lauren Marie Wolf

Scott David Woods

Austin John Calvert Wright

Jacqueline Rose Ybarra

Brenda Grisel Zamora

Fabiola Zanabria

Norma Esmeralda Zaragoza

Joaquin Zarate

Leticia Zuniga

Luis Zuniga

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