A lot can happen in four years.
That's the overriding message we got when interviewing nine members of the 2010 graduating class from various campuses in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley. Some students shoot out of the gate, while others start in trouble and finish on top. Some find mentors along the way; others learn to push themselves.
High school amounts to about 5% of a typical life span, but during those eventful years between the end of eighth grade and adulthood, it feels like much more than that. The choices we make and the experiences we have shape who we become as adults. The relationships we form, whether with classmates or faculty, may last a lifetime.
Each of Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley's graduating seniors followed a different path to commencement. But next week, their stories should all end the same way: with a diploma.