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MHS grads share laughter, tears, joy at commencement

May 21, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — Laughter, joy and tears all were present Saturday after thousands came out to watch the 2019 senior class graduate from Mohave High School.

“It’s exciting,” Jessica Teodocio said after graduating. “I am the first daughter in the family to graduate and they (parents) are really happy.”

She plans on working this summer and eventually attending college for business.

Former English teacher Corey MacGorman drove up from San Diego to give the guest speech per student request.

He referred to his former students as saplings on the forest floor who are now ready to start their ascension.

“Saplings, you need three things to grow,” MacGorman said. “You need to quench your thirst to make an impact and pursue your passions. You need to cultivate relationships with people who respect you and can shield you from the cold challenges you’ll face in life so you can position your self in the sunlight of those who truly love you. By doing these three things you can flourish.”

He said it was an honor to have been asked to come back and speak after two years of being gone.

It’s never easy getting to the finish line, as student body president Jared Leon touched on with personal experiences during his speech.

He said that last year he felt lost with little ambitions.

“I struggled with depression and anxiety for most of my junior year,” Leon said. “... This past year has taught me more than I could have ever imagined. I now understood that motivation and happiness are all choices you have to make. This life is yours and nobody can make decisions besides you.”

In the past school year, Leon started a clothing business to raise awareness about suicide and mental health. He also maintained above a 3.0-grade point average, and in the fall is attending the University of Arizona as a business management major.

He thanked his parents, friends, teachers, and everyone who has helped get to where he is today.

“Mohave High School has been the best experience thus far, but remember friends, we are all just getting started,” Leon said. “Tonight is the beginning of the rest of our lives.”

Chance Recker is moving to Tempe in the fall to attend community college and later transfer to Arizona State to study K-12 history education. He said it was a relief to be done.

For Anthony Arellano, he said he is ready to start his life.

“I am going to Northwest Lineman College to become a lineman,” he said. “Tonight I am just going to celebrate with my family and have a good time.”

The Mohave High School administration, teachers and staff wish to congratulate the class of 2019 and their families.

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