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June 4, 2008 > Class of 2008 to graduate

Class of 2008 to graduate

Submitted By Bridgetta Bourne-Firl

With confidence to move on in life, Deaf and Hard of Hearing students will march in the California School for the Deaf's 136th commencement ceremony. The program will be held in the school gymnasium at 3 p.m. on June 13, 2008. The school is located at 39350 Gallaudet Drive in Fremont.

Members of the Class of 2008, from Northern California include:

Sacha Walker (Atwater), Liane Lee (Berkeley), Alexandrina Miller (Carmichael), Carl Poulin, Jr. (Carmichael), Kare Ramirez (Castro Valley), Guadalupe Jacuindes (Concord), Nicole Wilmoth (Concord), Kevin Way, Jr. (Elk Grove), Justin Gaines (Fair Oaks), Aaron Bye (Fremont), Mark Eyrond (Fremont), Troy Eyrond (Fremont), Monica Keller (Fremont), Melissa Kielbus (Fremont), Michael Raffanti (Fremont), Justin Salvato (Fremont), Joshua Blanco (Fresno), Samantha Weethee (Fresno), Abordo Megan (Hayward), Oscar Perez (La Grange), Khrystyna Amable (Livermore), Anel Nolasco (Livermore), Angelica Schmidt (Manteca), Amber Smith (Modesto), Andre Brewer (Oakland), Eliyas Tensai (Oakland), Belen Zarate (Oakland), Arthur Morales (Oakley), Daisy Garcia (Orosi), Daryl Garcia (Pacifica), Desjunae Isaacs (Pacifica), Logan Poynor (Pleasanton), Khal vyn Edmond (Richmond), Daniel Lara (Richmond), Matthew MacDonald (Rohnert Park), Aaron Foust (Roseville), Jenna Ingraham (Roseville), Shayla Griffith (Sacramento), Cassandra King (Sacramento), Juan Medina (San Francisco), Hsiao-An Lin (San Jose), Serena Orta (San Jose), Eugene Lipnitsky (San Ramon), Moni Brown (Vallejo), Sabrina Ferguson (Vallejo), Janette DeLeon Velasco (Visalia).

76% of the seniors will go to either two-year or four-year colleges to continue their education; 13% will go to work after graduation.

Melissa Kielbus has been bestowed the title of the Valedictorian. She was an active student who balances between prospering academically and athletically. She participated in the school's academic bowl participating in Gallaudet University's Regional Academic competition and took AP courses. Her athletic activities included volleyball, basketball, and softball. Her special interest is in film production and she was a media aide working in the Instructional Television classroom. She plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology in New York next fall.

The California School for the Deaf is a fully accredited, state-funded school for students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing living in Northern California. The school also provides services to families with deaf children. Please contact the school at (510) 794-3707 for further information or visit the student-produced website:

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