Different. Responsible. Appreciative. Gallant. Open-minded. Noble. Sophisticated. These words were used to describe Sonoma Valley High School’s graduating Class of 2014.
“When you take the first letter of each word, you get Dragons,” senior class president and graduate Ishqa Rousseau-Fearonce told her peers at the school’s 120th commencement ceremony Friday night. “Because no matter where we go, we will always be Dragons.”
“We never thought this day would come … but we waited for its delivery,” Rousseau-Fearonce said from a podium flanked by her fellow graduates and a crowd of hundreds of members of the Sonoma community.
The June 6 graduation ceremony was held at Arnold Field on First Street West and staffed by the Native Sons of the Golden West Sonoma Chapter.
Salutatorian John “Jack” Murphy, who will be studying engineering at the University of Michigan in the fall, reminded his peers how much they had all grown throughout the relatively brief journey of high school and hinted at their potential for future growth as they move on to the next chapter in their lives. He urged his peers to thank people in their lives that have helped to shape the people they have become, from parents to teachers to friends to mentors in the community.