Their futures uncertain, the Glendale High School Class of 2010 embraced the unknown Friday with confidence in a series of speeches at their graduation ceremony on Moyse Field.
The rush of more than 4,500 family members, friends and educators that eventually lined the stands soon gave way to moments of reflection from a handful of students. Kellie Rae Torio flashed medals secured through hours of community service and academic achievement, hard work that she said had come to epitomize her class.
As the graduates prepared to enter college and the depressed job market, Principal Deb Rinder said she was confident they were prepared to meet the challenges head-on.
"You did it," Rinder told a student blowing kisses to her three sisters. "We'll miss you."
Torio, standing alongside a group of friends outside the high school auditorium, said the goodbye was bittersweet. While she expected to join some friends at Glendale Community College in the fall, others had their sights set on four-year colleges spanning much of the West Coast.