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800 Students To Graduate From Samohi:

Approximately eight hundred seniors will graduate from Santa Monica High School tomorrow.

The graduation exercises will be held in the Greek Theater on the Samohi campus at 5:30 p.m.

The valedictorian will be chosen tomorrow from one of 13 candidates: Sarah Abedi, Jasmine Ahdout, Julianne Ahdout, Brittany Benjamin, Monica Rose Cowan, Danielle Jasine Farzam, Laura Michelle Frischer, Samantha Johnston, Andrea Li, Douglas Ryan Matsunaga, Alanna Nass, Stephanie Ann Thorton and Ava Rose Tramer.

According to Samohi Dean Catherine Baxter, seniors fill out a final survey that includes questions on what they will do after high school. So far “only 65% of the class have their final survey” and out of that number “529 will be continuing their education.”

This year’s class size is about the same as last year.

The graduation program follows:

Santa Monica High School Graduation 2005

Welcome and Introduction of Guests……….Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent of Schools; Dr. Ilene Straus, Chief Educational Officer/Principal

Graduate Processional: Pomp and Circumstance No.1……….Sir Edward Edgar

North Line Led by Student Body President and Senior Class President

South Line Led by Valedictorian and Salutatorians

“Star Spangled Banner”…Senior Chamber Singers, Christopher Rhodes, Conductor

Invocation………..Dr. Michael Burnett, Faculty

Message to the Class of 2005………………….Dr. John Deasy

Welcome and Acknowledgment ………….August Walsh, ASB President; Natalie Moran, Senior Class President

“Celebração”…………Franchesca Hladik, Lisa Llanos, Monica Reich, Presenters for the Class of 2005

“United We Stand”…..Oscar Benitez, Petros Egziabher, Jonathan Lee, Kevin Poindexter, Presenters for the Class of 2005

Remarks………….Dr. Ilene Straus

“Because I Knew You”…..Jessie Clemens, Philene Lemmon, Presenters for the Class of 2005

“To Thee All Hail” …………Peter Kass, Presenter for the Class of 2005

Presentation of the Class of 2005 ……………. Dr. Ilene Straus

Presentation of the Diplomas……………….Ms. Emily Bloomfield, Ms. Julia Brownley, Mr. Shane McLoud, Dr. Kathy Wisnicki, Board Members

Readers of the Names……….Mr. Daniel Escalera, Mrs. Carol Jago, Mr. José López, Ms. Liane Sato, Faculty

Congratulations……….Mrs. Ruth Esseln, Mrs. Wendy Wax Gellis, Mrs. Tristan Komlos, Mr. Craig Lewis, Ms. Eva Mayoral, Mr. Gregory Runyon, House Principals

“The Hymn of Praise”……. Kenneth Darby, Class of 1927 – Led by Senior Choir Students, Mr. Christopher Rhodes, Conductor

Graduate Recessional ……….Orchestra, Mrs. Joni Swenson, ConductorCost of the ceremony is about $25,000 and includes such things as diplomas, chairs, decorations, painting and caps and gowns.

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