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Mary Mary Martinez Dental Hygienest or Vet Tech
I would like to thank my teacher, Mark Greenelsh, for being a great friend and helping me get through my Capstone journey.
 
A fun memory is wrapping my friends with toilet paper on community day. 
 
"Never regret being a good person, to the wrong people. Your behavior says everything about you and their behavior says enough about them." —Bruce Lee

Jake Jake Gardenhire Physics and Chemistry
I would like to thank  Bernie Dominguez. He helped me throughout and made sure I finished.
 
A memory for me is squatting 255 pounds in weightlifting.
 
"Power belongs to those with the will to take it. It has little to do with their hard work, honesty, ambitions, or qualifications. Learn to seize what you want. If you do not seize it, all else is useless."

Kaya Kaya Kaufman Tattoo Artist and Social Worker
I would like to thank Mr.Greenelsh and Mr.Ender because they have helped me every step of the way and have been like father figures to me. They really pushed me and helped me get up when I thought I couldn't.
 
I have two pieces of advice to give:
• The early bird finds the worm.
• The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.

Viper Viper Amaral Cosmetology or Counseling
I'd like to thank the Lopez staff for making this school a safe and comfortable environment for me and my peers. Thank you to the teachers that were there for me without any judgment. Your kindness will forever be appreciated.    
 
My favorite thing about high school is the people I met and the countless memories I've made that will one day turn to stories. 
 
"Life's all about perspective, not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path."

Gavin Gavin Leonard Mechanic
I'd like to thank my Family for their support.    
 
My senior year has been memorable. 
 
"Luck's a revolving door, you just need to know when it's your time to walk through." —Stan Lee
Angel Angel Reyes Marine Corps / Criminal Investigation
I'd like to thank everyone at Lopez High School, especially the staff for providing a good school to attend.  
 
A highlight from Lopez was getting to know and befriending new people.
 
"Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men." —Albert Einstein

Hayden Hayden Williams Firefighting/Fire Service, Architecture, Civil Engineering
I like to thank several of my Lopez teachers:
• Mr. Shawn Greenelsh, for being a stern but fair teacher that helped to boost my education In all the best ways. 
• Mr. Mark Greenelsh, for being an incredibly personable figure to easily ask for help or laugh with. 
• Ms. Ruppert, for being a down-to-earth beacon of wisdom and a friendly person to chat with. 
• Mrs. Reilly, for being a teacher truly passionate and caring for each student, ensuring our individual success.
• Mrs. Gonzales, for being a real friend to turn to in good and in bad times.   
 
"Find an interest you can take with you into the future, make it into a passion to hold forever. Don't stop chasing after it for anything."
 
Alonnica Alonnica Carreras Cosmetology
I would like to thank my teachers because for one they've had to deal with me. Two, they've never gave up on me always finding solutions for things and always having an alternative if something ever went wrong.  
 
A highlight for me was Community day this term. It had to be my favorite school event ever because the bonds we have here aren't just at school. Being here I've learned that family isn't just blood, but its bond. The friend group I have before leaving here is the best group of friends I could ask for. I could never be sad around them. Everyone is always either cracking jokes, making fun of something or just trying to be funny. You never could have a straight face around anyone in our friend group. 
 
"Just do it. Don't say you're gonna do it later because we all know I didn't."
Zoie Zoie Ashworth EMT
I would like to thank all the Lopez staff because everyone believed in me and encouraged me. Without their support I wouldn't be graduating six months early.   
 
A highlight for me was making cookies in the staff lounge. 
 
"You did not come this far, to only come this far."
Haley Haley Tao Registered Nurse
I would like to thank my dad, for raising me most of my life. He always pushes me to do what I want. I also want to thank Lopez High School and all the great teachers, and staff. I came to Lopez during online school and it was the best choice for me. This school is a better fit for me than my previous school.  
 
A highlight for me seeing a duck :-)
 
"You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with logic. True power is restraint. If words control you that means everyone can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass."
—Warren Buffett   
 
Juliene Juliene Mireles Registered Nurse
I would like to thank Katie Gonzalez for pushing me to do the best when I thought I would fail. She is consistently there for me and supporting me throughout my journey at Lopez High School.
 
A special highlight from high school that will always stick with me is having the opportunity to graduate early and being able to develop special bonds with the teachers. All the teachers at Lopez High School are so caring and always there for you. 
 
"When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go." 
 
Basketball Kyle Chew Cultivation technician, entrepreneur, salesman, solar technician, wildland firefighter
I want to thank Mr. Finkle (aka Spencer Finkle) because he helped me get into this school.
 
A highlight for me was Basketball games with Mr. Ender's PE class.
 
My advice for those still finishing high school is to stay out of trouble.
Lexie Lexie McElreath Hair & Makeup
A highlight for me was winter formal in Atascadero.
 
I want to thank my mom because she changed her entire lifestyle to get me home from foster care.
 
"Keep your head up."
Isabel Isabel Dutra Art Therapy
A highlight from my high school career would definitely be performing in the hall ways at AGHS with the band and color guard, instruments blasting through the halls of the entire school.
 
I would like to thank my best friends Kate and Emily who even though they are older than me, they still both treat me with kindness and would always find a way to help me out in anyway that they could
 
"Listen and trust yourself. Go with your gut feeling and don't back away from it."
 
Alexander Alexander Estrada Musician or US Soldier 
I remember the The L.A hockey trip. I got to hang out with some of my favorite teachers on a field trip down to L.A. I made some amazing friends on the way and at the Getty Museum. On top of that I got to watch my favorite sport, to watch it from the perspective of my rival team and most importantly I had insane amounts of fun.
 
The person, or more accurately people I would like to thank are my circle. Everybody in it has helped me in some way no matter how big or small, every little bit mattered and I will remember them always.
 
When life hits you hardest embrace it, when life gives you something to hope for dream it, and although our lives would be changed from here on out we will always be the seniors who made it through a worldwide pandemic. I have faith in everyone that they will find happiness in their future wherever that may be because we made it.
 
 
Nathan Quinata
Welding or Game Warden
Nathan
I remember when I first got in to Lopez and it was already distance learning which really sucked. So of course when the opportunity arose to go back to school in form of the learning POD I was all for it. I was pretty distanced over the first week but once everyone came together things got a lot more comfortable. I'll never forget anybody from that group of amazing people.
 
I would like to thank my sister for everything she has done for me. Throughout my childhood she was always the one to be right there making sure I was taken care of. If not for my sister I firmly believe that I would either be in the system or some place other than school. I have been pushed, and pushed, and pushed, but in the end it was all worth it because I can see what a big difference it has made and I appreciate my sister for that.
 
I've been through a lot throughout the 17 years of my life and I'm not saying that you haven't, I'm just saying that for those of you who have had it fairly easy, be grateful and give thanks to all. Although you may have your ups and downs with family and friends, remember that they are there for you just as you should be for them. Other than that, just finish school....You'll never know how much it means to you until it's out of your grasp.