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Plano High School bid farewell to one of its largest classes in recent years at the commencement exercises for the Class of 2019 on Sunday afternoon.
Just more than 140 students, clad in bright purple caps and gowns, some with caps decorated with inspirational phrases or the logo of their college, received their diplomas. Students also had special cords and stoles, noting their participation and success in more than a dozen student and community organizations. Several students were also recognized for making the commitment to join the military after their graduation from PHS.
Salutatorian Ryleigh Johnson and Valedictorian Rachelle Gomez both reflected on their time at PHS in their addresses to their fellow graduates, family and friends.
“High school is not only about moving from class to class, and doing your homework at night, it is about discovering your interests and having time to interact with the interesting people around us,” Johnson said.
“No matter how much you say you hate everyone in Plano, I know you’ve made some good memories,” Gomez joked. “Are you going to remember high school as a place you dreaded, or are you going to remember fun moments, like watching football games and dancing at prom?”