Graduating from Clark Magnet High School and becoming an adult were intimidating for senior Colette Zakarian.
Even so, it became reality for the 17-year-old Glendale resident and more than 200 of her classmates who graduated Friday.
"As much as people say they want to leave high school, this year has just been major for me," Colette said. "Everyone is like a family, so that's the hardest part."
Colette graduated with a community service honor after volunteering 100 hours at a senior living home.
She was one of 122 graduates who earned the same achievement.
The Class of 2010 volunteered a combined 16,000 hours during their four years at the nationally recognized high school, Principal Doug Doll said.
Colette said she plans to continue volunteering after high school and will be attending Pasadena City College with hopes of transferring to USC.
Leaving Clark Magnet was bittersweet for Colette, who said she had a difficult time getting familiar with the high school when she started as a freshman.