by Jose Alfaro
Cheers bounced from wall-to-wall as Achievement First Amistad High School’s 41 graduating seniors entered Yale University’s auditorium for the students’ recent commencement. There was good reason for so much celebration. With this graduating class, Amistad High School continues to live up to its reputation and mission. This year the school has an outstanding 100% of graduating seniors going on to college. Nearly half graduated with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Among them, Spencer Munroe and David Guzhnay will be attending Yale University this fall-- a first for Amistad High School to have two students from the same graduating class be accepted by Yale.
Dean of Students, Cecil Barnes, welcomed graduates, their families and guests. There was a stirring round of applause for parents and the great work that they’ve guiding their children throughout the years. The opening remarks by the school’s Principal Chris Bostock, addressed the importance of determination, discipline, setting goals, and never giving up-- lessons that all of the students at Amistad High School understand well.
Senior Tubyez Cropper gave the farewell speech to his fellow classmates. A roaring applause followed him, after giving shout-outs to the teachers, parents, family, and friends that have supported him and his fellow graduates throughout their academic journeys. Bill Cosby’s named was invoked as an example of someone who took great risks to achieve what he wanted in life, and thus became an inspiration to people of color to achieve their dreams, take big risks, and live a life worth living.
Another highlight was the address given by State Senator Gary Holder-Winfield. He used an elegant combination of relatable topics and inspiration to reach out to the graduates. He used song titles like “Started from the Bottom” by Drake and “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake and Lil John to convey a message about persevering, staying motivated, and keeping focused to succeed. The Senator’s words seemed to resonate with the graduates – and hopefully they keep these messages with them as they all head to college this fall.
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