Students in black caps and gowns with burgundy or blue tassels gathered with friends and family at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Gardens to mark the occasion.
Graduates from the two alternative schools within the Santa Barbara Unified School District posed for pictures and listened to spirited speeches from Frann Wageneck, principal of both schools, and their peers before taking home diplomas.
Alta Vista seniors Angelica Esparza-Aldana,Yesenia Gutierrez Mora and Zoey Luna looked back on the past four years, and La Cuesta graduate Wendy Meza also congratulated the class of 2014.
Student speakers remarked on the successes and challenges they’ve faced — some of which helped lead them to attend Alta Vista, a high school that serves students in four grades who prefer independent study.
La Cuesta Continuation High School also offers an alternative education program that caters to students in grades 10 through 12.
The Class of 2014 for La Cuesta includes the following graduates:
Evaristo Arriola Munoz
Luis Garcia Mota
The Class of 2014 for Alta Vista includes the following graduates:
Airi De La Cruz
Yesenia Gutierrez Mora
Heather Stultz McCue