The South El Monte High School Class of 2019 visited Shively Middle School the morning of June 5th. It was no ordinary visit. In fact, it was a very special day for the Eagles who were graduating from high school the next day and quite a surprise for the middle school students and teachers as they came to school that morning.
The graduating seniors (former Shively alumni) were dressed in their graduation caps and gowns and lined the entry to the school forming a human tunnel. As each Shively student walked through the gate they were greeted with clapping and cheering from the seniors. Many of the Shively teachers were reunited with former students and tears of happiness flowed freely.
Feeling inspired many of the middle school students began to gather and watch their peers come onto campus to such a warm welcome. The smiles on both the students and staff showed how proud everyone was of their accomplishments and how much they had grown in just four years. Everyone wanted to know from the graduates, “What’s next?” Many of them have plans to attend a 4 year college, including Cal State LA and the University of California, Irvine. Others plan to enroll at Rio Hondo College, Pasadena City College or Citrus College. Majors and career paths mentioned include biochemistry, biophysics, film studies, engineering, nursing and sociology.
Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2019!