Clovis High School senior Nathan Cordova, center, hugs fellow seniors Abril Rosas, left, and Amber Thompson after Saturday’s Clovis High School Commencement ceremony at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)
By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer
Graduation was old mortarboard for Kathy Adams, who watched her third of four children graduate Saturday during Clovis High’s commencement ceremony at Rock Staubus Gym.
A CHS alumna herself, Kathy Adams was on hand with nine others from her family and hundreds of other parents, friends and relatives of the 400-plus students who comprised the Class of 2005.
“There are gobs of us here,” said Kathy Adams, noting some family members drove 210 miles from Des Moines to see her daughter Chelsea carry out the Adams’ legacy. Kathy Adams’ oldest son and daughter already graduated from Clovis. Her youngest, eighth-grader Tanner, sat patiently beside her.
“I was proudest of Chelsea when she made number one in her class,” Kathy Adams said. “She’s graduating with higher than a 4.0 grade average.”
Chelsea Adams was not the only one to receive high honors with her diploma. In addition to the 100 students who merited honorable recognition, several others took center stage in the two-hour ceremony.
Speakers included prom king Elliot Hita — “the only senior to take his baby sister to the prom;” three-year “Class Favorite” Crista Mestas; and student body president Gabriel Bryant.
Choir member Engelo Charles presented the class gift — a song in honor of the parents.
The presentation touched one parent so deeply it made her cry. Necie Walker, mother of graduate Terrance Walker, also shed a tear during the tassel ceremony. She said with “a lot of pushing, a lot of studying and a lot of threatening” she helped her son succeed in school.
Diane Borjas, a 1980 Clovis grad, said she did a lot of baby-sitting the last three years, to help her son, Jose Borjas, and daughter-in-law Jodi Borjas, graduate. The couple was married in September 2003 and have a 15-month-old daughter.
“The best way I could help them was watching the baby,” Diane Bojas said.
The traditional purple gowns were the first to go when graduates burst through the exit following the ceremony.
Cryprian Chevalier, said it was time to “go party, then job hunt,” while slipping off her gown.
Jared Montoya, who dreams of playing for the Atlanta Braves, slid his gown down his arm.
“Now I can leave this dang town,” he said.
Teola Haskins, however, was still in her gown when she twirled in the parking lot in dance.
“It’s finally over,” she said.