Class of 2017 celebrates connection and compassion, path-forging and perseverance

Draped in leis and tossing elaborately decorated caps in the air, local students joined their families to honor their accomplishments at graduation ceremonies across Los Altos and Mountain View last week, marking the occasion with laughter, tears and more than a few selfies.

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A Mountain View High student accepts leis from enthusiastic audience members during his school’s June 2 graduation ceremony.

The Town Crier spoke with students named by their teachers and principals as reflections of the spirit of the Class of 2017. In private conversations and commencement speeches, these students form a portrait of a graduating class that has surmounted tremendous obstacles; values kindness, compassion and connection; praises the virtues of radical vulnerability; and isn’t afraid to go its own way.

Egan students share their passions at Viking Showcase

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Adult volunteers, above at right and below, at Egan Junior High School Thursday bear witness to the eighth-graders’ showcase of their accomplishments. More than 175 community members stepped up to interview students. At the Viking Showcase, Egan students presented on their personal passions, ranging from traditional academics to surfing.

Egan Junior High School students strutted their stuff Thursday at the annual Viking Showcase, a massive joint undertaking that gives eighth-graders the opportunity to reflect on their time at Egan while sharing what they’ve learned with members of the community.

Personal passion drives the showcase, leading to presentations on everything from traditional academic subjects to the joy of surfing.

Los Altos High School Class of 2017


Max Aboudarham

Sean Adibi

Mountain View High School Class of 2017


Robert Abousamra

Michelle Adema

Alta Vista High School Class of 2017

Faith Brown-Route

Aaron Canaan

MVLA Adult Education Class of 2017

High school diploma graduates

Yamilex Aguirre Duarte

Christian J. De Paz

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