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Perseverance leads to better path for UHS grads

Members of the 2021 class of University High School move the tassels to the left side of their caps to signify they have graduated during ceremonies Saturday afternoon in Pueblo Auditorium. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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Many of the members of the University High School class of 2021 raised their hands when Salutatorian Ezabell Deleon asked them to do so if they ever thought they would never graduate.

Valedictorian Leonel Mendoza spoke — in English and Spanish — of the results of his hard work despite sometimes having those doubts.

“With perseverance, I am the UHS 2021 valedictorian,” he said to cheers from the audience.

Adversity was the theme of commencement ceremonies Saturday afternoon in the Pueblo Auditorium for the alternative high school whose mascot is a Phoenix.

“The whole idea of this mythical bird is to be reborn from the ashes, which signifies a journey through fire or adversity,” Principal Ramon Miramontes said.

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“You may have thought about just giving up because you felt you were too behind to catch up or simply did not see a benefit or had a true interest in your classes or obtaining your diploma,” he said.

But, like the Phoenix, they rose to the challenge and have earned the privilege to graduate, he said.

“You will see that you have acquired skills and knowledge. These skills and knowledge will give you more opportunities, and they will bring you the satisfaction of a rewarding life, and to you and your family, prosperity,” he said.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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