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Congratulations to the Class of 2019

Loved ones gathered last night at the Irvine Bowl Amphitheater in Laguna Beach, to celebrate 294 Laguna Beach High School graduates who turned their tassels from right to left.

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This year’s valedictorian Taylor Tran, graduating with a 4.8 weighed GPA, addressed his fellow gradates, thanking his family and loved ones, teachers and LBUSD staff, and the community that has supported him. Tran will attend Yale University in the fall, with a plan to major in molecular biology.

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Class of 2019 Valedictorian Taylor Tran

“This night is a celebration of everything our students have accomplished, the milestones they’ve reached, and the promise the future holds for them,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jason Viloria. “It has been a privilege to watch them grow into young adults prepared for the road ahead and the obstacles they may face on it.”

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The Class of 2019 will leave Laguna (for now) and venture off on various paths forward. 34 percent will attend out-of-state colleges, while 55.5 percent will attend college in state. Eight individuals will attend an international university.

Three graduates will attend trade school, two will enroll in art/design/conservatory schools, and 12 will take a gap year.

Will Clark will attend the Annapolis Naval Academy, playing for the water polo team, while Jack Strickland (Navy) and Hannah Konkel (Army) will serve our country as active duty military members.

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Oh, the places they’ll go…

Five graduates will attend BYU in the fall (Claire Lattin, Cal Nielson, Cutter Clawson, Curran Hendrickson, and Bella Fonk), eight will become Ducks at the University of Oregon (Katie Radabaugh, Ruby Amodeo, Jessalyn Chaney, Cole Hawkins, Vicky Erazo, Victoria Vincent, Will Purdy, and Anna Madigan), and two will attend LCAD, the world-class art school in our backyard (Sofia Pfanner and William Dowell).

Seven grads are headed to Ivies – Tran and Ryan Smithers to Yale, Kolton Freeman to Dartmouth, Cici Stewart and Sebastian Fisher to Princeton, Ricky Ettinger to Cornell, and Bryn Giofreddi to Brown.

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Kylie Matheson will attend Stanford, Alexis Yang will attend MIT, Lola Fisher will attend University of Chicago, and Kate Gilles will attend Georgetown.

7 percent of graduates will attend University of California schools, while 8 percent will attend Cal State University schools.

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32.5 percent will enroll in a community college, taking advantage of a great education at a great cost. Many will transfer after two years to a four-year university – like LBHS Class of 2017’s Alexis Amaradio, who enrolls at USC this fall after two years of community college education.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019, we are so proud of you and can’t wait to see what’s next for all of you!