For the Mojave High School and Sunset Point Class of 2010, it ended where it began, with graduation in the school's quad.

Dressed in blue caps and gowns, the graduates snaked their way through the overflowing crowd of family and friends, shaking hands, high-fiving and hugging school teachers and staff as they waited to take their seats by the speaker's podium.

"Check out my socks," one girl exclaimed, pulling up the edge of her gown to expos multicolored striped knee socks. "Woo!"

One hundred and 93 students graduated from the programs in Mojave High School's 23d annual commencement Wednesday morning. Among the graduates were 77 who had gone through the Sunset Point night school program.

"Time and time again, I was told I was going to have a baby young, which I did," graduate Shonnyce M. Shelly told the crowd. "And that I would never graduate high school. But guess what?"

She grinned as the thousand-person-strong crowd burst into cheers.

The student speakers spoke fondly of the staff and atmosphere of Mojave and Sunset Point. There, they said, the square pegs who had found the round holes of traditional academic settings to be a bad fit had instead found a supportive academic environment.

"I tried another continuation school," said Shamar L. Castello. "And it just felt like jail, like we were a threat to traditional schools."

"Although we're not in a classroom, I do have one final lesson for the 193 graduates here today," said Principal Nate Lambdin. "Be passionate. Be persistent. Be fearless. And love life."

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star

Mojave High School, Sunset Point Class of 2010 graduates

Jose A. Abad
Ivan Ezekiel Acosta
Manuel A. Acosta
Eddie D. Aguirre
Luzina Jessica Aispuro
Michelle Allen
Rochelle Allen
James Amaya
Frank Andrade
Donovan Anderson
Raymond R. Aragon
Vivian Lashay Armenta
Sara Marie Arrieta
Leilani Asu
Yajaira Ayon
Gered Allen Baker
Jennifer H. Baranowski
Carlos Barberena
Kyle Wiley Barker
Emily Elizabeth Barrett
Evangelina Baxter
Katrina D. Blythe
Shelbee A. Bonilla
Kalysha L. Bradley
Kevin Bright
Andrew A. Briseno
Shara D. Brose
Dallas Eugene Brown
Brittany L. Browne
Kendra Byrd
Sergio Camacho
Keith Carnes
Nicholas Carrillo
Shamar L. Castello
Brian Castellon
Kathleen I. Castillo
Gabriel Centeno
Mario A. Cervera
Lichelle L. Chavira
Arianna S. Cirrito
Ryan A. Coles-Herrold
Sergio Corona Cortez
Ashton Nicole Cozens
Cheyenne L. Cozens
David J. Dalzell
Corniche Angelica David
Patricia Elena Davila
Joseph R. De Hart
Veronica P. Del Valle
Tevon C. Dunn
Alfredo Marcos Duran
Rosemary M. Escarcega
Martin Espinoza
Sergio B. Esquivel
Abraham Figueroa
Mekiella D. Flores
Williams J. Galdamez
Steven C. Gallo
Arlene Diane Garcia
Danny Michael Garcia
Gabriela Garcia
Jacqueline Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Timothy Lloyd Garcia
Jacquelyn D. Garlinghouse
Britney Jaunita Aishia Gaye
Krystal Monique Gilbert
Terri S. Gomez
Abelardo Gonzalez
Fabian Gonzalez
Jessica K. Gonzalez
Samantha C. Gonzalez
Victoria A. Gonzalez
Kelsey Lee Ann Green
Robin A. Gresham
Johnny Darnell Guy
Enrique S. Guzman
Jolenna D. Hamilton
Brina N. Hasley
Briana Nicole Haynes
Breeannalynn E. Hernandez
Jazmin Hernandez
Joanna M. Hernandez
Adam Ryan Hester
Miguel A. Hilario
Gunnar A. Hinson
Jakish Hobbs
Chelsea Grace Holmes
Francisco Junior Huitron
Bryant Ibarra
Ana K. Jauregui
Marysol Jenkins
Christina Leann Johnson
Yateefa Selena Jones
Carolrose Kent
Sarah A. Kuhlman
Steven Jay Lacy
Aaron Lologo
Daniel Paul Lopez
Jasmine L. Lopez
Jose Pablo Lopez
Marissa Monique Lopez
Yesenia Lopez
Edward A. Lozano
Llonisi S. Lucero
Daniela Magana
Gabriel Magana
Alfred Michael Marquez
Eduardo Marquez
Carolina G. Martinez
Vivian Martinez
Cody A. Mc Nemar
Jeremy M. Millard
Pierce Mobley
Grace Louisa Montoya
Georgina J. Morales
Elias Moran
Michael U. Moreno
Meagan Anne Morris
Christian A. Munoz
Jesse Mark Munoz
Paula Munoz
Sergio J. Munoz
Jacob R. Neiman
Arnold Noriega
Oscar Alejandro Nuno
Anthony Lesley O'Neil II
Tracy S. Ochoa
Katherine E. Oliva
Peter Olivas
Bryan Ornelas
Richard Ortiz
Roberto Padilla
Shanieka Marie Parrish
Rogerio E. Pavon
Miguel Pena
Karina Perez
Karina L. Perez
Autumn Peters
Ariel L. Peterson-Schauer
Andrew Joseph Primero
Andrea M. Quidor
Andrew T. Quidor
Maria D. Quinonez
Abner I. Quintanilla
Curtis O. Reynolds
Michael Jamel Oscar Reynolds
Adrian A. Rivera
Allan Davis Rodriguez
Anthony Robert Rodriguez
Darlene Rodriguez
Ann Marie Saenz
Leslie Salazar
Oscar Salomon
Daniel G. Sanchez
Michelle Sanchez
Renee Marie Sanchez
Shenae Shampine
Rebecca A. Sharp
Shonnyce M. Shelly
Rosemary Sierra
Shannun Simms
Justin Elliott Smith
Misael Soto
Magen Karissa Sowell
Thomas E. Soyke
Tonyle Alonzo St. Marie
Sadie Kathryn Swaim
Brandon J. Teece
Jonathan Thomas
Todd Tibbs
Larry J. Tomczak, Jr.
Larry Torres
Freddy Manuel Valencia
Hayden VanEarden
Anthony G. Vargas
Malika R.N. Vaughn
Ruben Vazquez
Jacqueline Vega
Daniel J. Venegas
Eddie Venegas
Benjamin Vera
George Albert Viera
James Villalobos
Claudia Gabriela Villatoro S.
Eduardo Villela
Paul Dillon Visage
Gregory Micheal Walker
Gina M. Welsh
Christopher J. White
Jessica M. Wilroy
Merissa M. Wolfswinkel