TWIN FALLS • Johnny Rebollozo plans to continue working at a local restaurant this summer and enroll at the College of Southern Idaho to earn basic credits before transferring to a four-year school.
Kelsi Straley will enroll soon at Renaissance Hair Design in Provo, Utah, with the goal of owning a hair salon someday.
Elise Roeser plans to major in psychology at the College of Idaho this fall on the way to becoming an FBI agent or police officer.
Twin Falls High School Class of 2012 members had lots of plans for taking their first step into adulthood following Saturday’s graduation ceremony at the CSI gym. A total of 209 grads received diplomas as family and friends recorded the event on an array of electronic gadgets.
Nine-year-old Kayla Martinez stuck to the basics in celebrating her sister’s big moment. Martinez held up a hand-lettered pink sign that read, “Congrats Jackie. We love you!” as Jaqueline Palomino walked across the stage.
Coby Carter’s relatives super-sized their message, unfurling a 15-foot paper sign with the words, “Way To Go Coby.” It was proud grandmother Susan Carter’s idea.
Twin Falls High grad Riquel Olander gave the commencement address. The professional dancer, who now lives in California, told the teens they should feel good about their accomplishment although big changes are ahead.
Olander told them attitude is critical in facing the future, saying, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Dream and achieve. Seize every minute.”
Principal Ben Allen praised the graduates, pointing out they have received more than $775,000 in scholarships. The school’s combined athletic teams had a cumulative grade-point-average of more than 3.0, he added.
“This graduating class has left a legacy that will be hard for future classes to emulate,” the principal said.
School board chairman Dan King had some advice, too. He urged the grads not to be afraid to take chances, and to further their education.
“Go on to college or trade school,” he said. “Let this be the beginning, not the end, of your education.”
Senior class president Caitlin Slette recalled her classmates’ Senior Day trip to California as “a fun and rewarding experience, something to remember forever.” But she added, “The changes we have made at Twin Falls High School are just the beginning as we continue in life.”