By Michael J. ARVIZU
Crescenta Valley High School senior Maya Alvarez would like to announce that her senioritis support group will meet every Thursday. Senioritis is the end-of-the-school-year affliction that strikes many outgoing seniors. Symptoms include decreased motivation for schoolwork and study, watery eyes, and feelings of being burned out. As such, she plans to do something about it, Alvarez revealed in remarks to her fellow students during Crescenta Valley High School’s Senior Reflections 2013 held in MacDonald Auditorium on Sunday evening.
“It’s kind of bittersweet, to be honest,” said Alvarez of her “affliction.” Of course, no such support group really exists. It was all just for fun. Alvarez will be attending University of San Francisco in the fall, majoring in communications.
“I’m definitely going to miss high school, but I’m ready to make that transition,” she said. “I’m happy where I am at right now, but I’m excited to see what happens in college.”
About 100 students dressed in their caps and gowns, and with their families attended Senior Reflections, which featured faculty and student speakers. It was organized by a group of Crescenta Valley High School parents as an opportunity for seniors to reflect on their high school careers. It is a descendent of the popular baccalaureate that was formerly held at the school but was canceled due to the event’s religious qualities.
Friends Tyler White and Eric Garcia will both be attending Pasadena City College. For both, high school gave them the opportunity to blossom as students and individuals.
“It feels achieving,” said White, who will be majoring in film. “I’m proud that I started from the bottom, now I’m up here. Bottom meaning being the person that didn’t really have a lot of friends and didn’t really want to socialize at all, and finally deciding to give it a try.”
As a freshman, White’s day was pretty much the same routine: going to school and coming home. The past four years, he said, have allowed him to “break out of his shell” and pursue interests such as dancing.
“It’s the same thing for me,” said Garcia. “I was shy [during] freshman year, not really talking much. Then I met this guy our freshman year. We’ve been together as friends.”
“We have spent four years watching you grow up – a lot,” said Crescenta Valley High School Assistant Principal Lisa Reed in her remarks to students on Sunday. “We’ve seen you in your journey and progress to become the adults that are going to go forward and do amazing and great things.”
Crescenta Valley High School graduation ceremonies took place on the school’s Osborne football field on Tuesday night – the first time in the school’s 50-year history that commencement ceremonies have taken place on the school field.
“It’s nice to know I won’t really have to drive anywhere far,” said graduate Mayreni Abajian on Sunday. “I think the school spirit will come out more, now that we will be on the school field. I’m looking forward to it.”