More than 350 students get diplomas from Lompoc High School
Lompoc High School’s stadium shook with the cheers and air horns of about 350 students families Thursday afternoon during the graduation ceremony. The 2019 class president Alex Murkison wouldn’t have had it any other way. He, afterall, became class president two years ago with intentions to “shake things up.”
Reflecting back on his years as a Lompoc Brave, Alex said, “It’s been a wild ride” of changes and incidents. One of these changes was going to the beach instead of the water park for the school’s annual enrichment day, where students go on a field trip.
“The principal [Paul Bommersbach] was extremely nervous because the water park is enclosed and safe,” said Alex. The students, however, pushed for the beach instead, and the administration budget to allow them a beachy enclosement day.
Alex also admitted in his welcome address that he attempted to spend every cent in the school budget for prom. “I don’t know why y’all voted for me because I’m the most extra person ever,” he joked with his classmates.
Alex, who will attend Allan Hancock College to study political science, told the News-Press that he looks forward to “shaking up a thing or two” at his college, where he’ll reunite with his Lompoc High peers. “I know I’ll see like 80 percent of you guys at Hancock in the fall,” said Alex in his address.
Although the graduates are leaning forward towards their new adventures, some know they will miss Lompoc High. When advising her colleagues to remember their roots in her speech, Logan Pamela Blanco began crying on stage. The emotions ran high because she wasn’t the only one in the family to be graduating that day. Her father Tom Blanco, after having been a teacher for about four decades, will retire this year.
The Lompoc High staff members, according to Susan Fabela, get to see the students grow up through years of their dedication to the school. Ms. Fabela has been working in security for almost two decades at Lompoc High. As the students were walking to their seats for the ceremony, Ms. Fabela could not contain her love and joy for them, running up to some students to give them hugs.
“They have no idea how much they mean to us,” said Ms. Fabela of the students she helped ensure were safe over the years.