Vista Murrieta graduates 718 with confidence, charisma, and class – School celebrates tenth anniversary of opening

Vista Murrieta High School’s graduating class of 2013 was filled with talent, as stated by principal Daren Daniel when he addressed nearly 6,000 students, staff, alumni, family and friends during the commencement ceremony on June 7, 2013.

The night celebrated the seventh graduating class of Vista Murrieta in conjunction with the school’s tenth anniversary. Vista Murrieta opened its doors back in 2003.

During his commencement speech, Daniel noted the various achievements and accomplishments the students had reached that included multiple CIF titles, JROTC accolades, AVID program successes, and the awards won by the school’s marching band and color guard.

One hundred and ninety three of the Broncos adorned in white and blue were also either All-Southwestern League or All-Academic Southwestern League champions – the most in school history, according to Daniel.

The tone was altered, however, when Daniel began to address student Leslie Rivera and shared her personal story with the crowd.

Rivera was among the top 50 in her class and was living her life somewhat worry-free as she headed into the last few months of school, as most seniors do. Hanging out with friends, keeping up with her studies, and trying to make the ultimate decision on whether to attend University of California, Berkeley or University of California, San Diego was really the only thing on her mind. That changed when she was diagnosed with leukemia on March 25.

Rivera never imagined that this was how her last days at VMHS would be spent, but the most important thing to her and those that have been behind her, is the fact that she was able to still be present and share her last days of school with her classmates.

Though she did decide on where she will be taking her next steps in life, she will put off attending UCSD for a year until she completes chemotherapy.

Daniel, who will be taking a job at the district level and will leave his position to incoming principal Mick Wager on July 1, dedicated his last speech as principal to Rivera, stating, “Leslie, you are an exemplary Bronco and it has been an honor having you in our lives. I look forward to watching you win the battle you have begun with CLASS.”

Vista Murrieta’s school motto “CLASS – Character, Leadership, Attitude, Scholarship, and Service” is upheld by every student and staff member on campus.

“It’s not something we just talk about; it’s how we live our lives,” said Daniel. “Character, leadership, attitude, scholarship, and service is our mission and the core of our belief system and it is every Bronco’s responsibility to live up to the tenets of CLASS and continue building our tradition of success.”

Principal Daniel went on to tell the attendees that all of the 718 members of the Class of 2013 should be commended. Amongst various challenges, Daniel noted, “the fact that during their four years they had to endure the biggest cutbacks in funding in state history, they made the best of it and persevered. They have done more with less than any other class and on this graduation night you and I are moving on to a new chapter, together.”

Valedictorian Alexander Ni, who will be heading to Cornell University, began his speech with a reference to the social media app Instagram, took a picture of the crowd, and proceeded to enlighten and uplift his classmates as the sun cast behind them.

Fifty Broncos have committed to serving in the military, while 288 are heading to four-year universities. Seventy-three students had a GPA of 4.0 or higher, while 120 students achieved a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99. Thirty student-athletes will go on to play on athletic scholarships.

“Take a moment and look at just how many people are in this stadium to celebrate our accomplishments,” Ni said. “Whatever we face in the future, we are ready.”

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JP Raineri contributed to this article.

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