Vineland High School awards 538 diplomas to the Class of 2022

VINELAND — “I did it for her,” Vineland High School graduate Itzel Herrera wrote on her graduation cap to honor her extended family of mentors.

Her loved ones inspired her trip to Gittone Stadium, where she was among 538 graduates to be awarded a diploma on Wednesday.

“Over the last four years these graduates have worked, studied, practiced, prayed, played and grown in so many ways,” Superintendent Alfonso Llano said, addressing the challenges they overcame.

A deadly virus forced sophomores and third-year students out of schools.

Now they pass through metal detectors to enter middle and high school buildings.

The 144thth The start was marked by “a higher level of security than in the past,” the superintendent said, noting the increase in shootings across the country. “We want to make sure we are taking every precaution to protect our children.”

The graduates showed no fear when it came to pursuing their dreams.

Yahira Cuevas, the high school president, is the first in her family to attend college. Her parents, barely older than she is now, moved from Oaxaca, Mexico, to Cumberland County, where Cuevas excelled in her studies. She goes to Arizona State University to study neurobiology and pursue a career in medicine.

Cuevas shared her pride in the diversity of the VHS class of 2022.

“We have some students who come from different countries and have worked very hard to get their degrees,” she said in her address.

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