After surviving a year in which students started the year learning from home, the Liberty Ranch High School class of 2021 was just grateful to graduate in person, as ASB Class President Hannah Lopez noted in her welcome speech.
The Hawks celebrated their graduation on June 5 at their football stadium in front of a packed crowd of immediate family members.
In addition to highlighting multiple moments that stood out this year and in previous years at Liberty Ranch, the Hawks were honored for several achievements during the ceremony.
Known for her time spent helping out at school and for helping and encouraging others, Lopez was recognized by Becca Dennis for earning the Citizenship Award.
Noting his willingness to help and for striving to achieve goals, Derrion Robinson was given the inaugural Rising Star Award, which was presented by Hawk Athletic Director and football coach Anthony Linebaugh.
Given the delayed start that athletics have had, Liberty Ranch Principal Joe Saramago said during Senior Awards Night that they planned to present the Athletes of the Year awards at graduation instead of with the rest of the senior awards. Linebaugh made the presentation, honoring Karli Dalbianco for Female Athlete of the Year and Tony Rangel for Male Athlete of the Year. Dalbianco excelled at softball and played soccer her senior year at Liberty Ranch while Rangel made a name for himself on the football field; both received scholarships to continue softball and football, respectively, in college.
Senior class President Gabriel Kunze, vice president Jaclyn Jackson, secretary Grace Siegalkoff, treasurer Solomon Witkin and school site council representative Daniel Trevizo took their classmates on a journey of the past four years, reminiscing about the first Dairy Bowl held at Liberty Ranch, watching the boys basketball team play in the Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game, the cheer team winning a national championship, two of their classmates winning FFA state championships and attending a prom that was made memorable, thanks in part to teacher Anngela Schroeder and several cameos by virtual guests.
Valedictorian Ryan Franklin, who will be attending U.C. Davis and majoring in astrophysics, mentioned his classmates’ potential to go on to greater things in his graduation speech.
“You are here because of you. You are the only person to get yourself ahead. Take that internship, that extra class. Meet that friend to kindle that new relationship. Do everything in your power to set yourself up. You have the potential, you have the grit, to do what you want,” Franklin said in a motivating, encouraging speech.
Schroeder, the Hawks’ senior class advisor, asked her students to be honest with themselves and to go after their dreams.
“When meeting with your class officers last summer, we had no idea that the motto they chose, ‘A Year Like No Other,’ would really come to pass. It really has been a year like no other,” Schroeder said, later adding: “You are in a very important part of your life, a new beginning towards the end. You can create your own destiny and with that destiny comes change.”
Saramago also recognized the top 10 academic students before the Galt Joint Union High School Board of Trustees handed out diplomas.
As the night came to a close and each Hawk had received their diploma, fireworks burst from beyond the visiting team’s bleachers, accentuating the sea of stars on the field and in the sky to end the night.
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