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CUHS students organize their own graduation celebration

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EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Central Union High School’s class of 2020 gathered at the Valley plaza in El Centro to properly commemorate their achievements and say goodbye to each other.

The event was organized by families and students from the graduating class. 

Families were encouraged to make banners, and decorate their cars in honor of their graduate. 

"It’s kind of surreal cause we all kind of went through a loss of hope, we thought we weren’t going to have anything for the rest of senior year, everything was kind of taken away and it’s just more surreal than what it could’ve been now it’s just all happiness all around,” said Daniel Demara, graduating senior.  

For many of the graduates, today was making up for all the senior activities they did not have. 

“It makes me very sad that we didn’t get to do most of our senior activities and our walk but it feels good to have something like this and feel like we made it,” said Joceline, graduating senior.

For many, their graduations also belong to their parents.

Barbara, a mother of a graduate has these words to say to her daughter. 

“Wherever she goes and whatever she decides to do I’ll never leave her side I’ll be there 110 percent.” 

As they laugh with friends and are embraced by family many of them are looking at the silver lining.

I’ve always believed that everything happens for a reason and I’m trying to maintain myself positive and thank god that I’m healthy, my family is healthy and that's what matters,” said Tania Garcia, graduating senior. 

“I think a lot of people are sad but for me its just kind of cool to know like you’re for sure going to be a class that’s remembered and I’m just taking that with me instead of the negative,” said Leanna, graduating senior.

Indeed they will, the graduating class of 2020 they can and they did.

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Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”


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