Sultana High School principal Tracy Marsh urged the class of 2008 "to get out of the boat," and the following year's graduates to just say "Yes, man." Tuesday night at the San Manuel Amphitheater Marsh encouraged the class of 2010 to embrace all that life has to offer.


"You guys have been walking on water for a long time," Marsh told the nearly 550 graduates. So, borrowing from the title of a book he is reading, Marsh said, "Let the new journey begin. You are so ready to move on."


In fact, Marsh said as school district officials, Sultana teachers and students' families looked on, Sultana's class of 2010 was an immensely gifted and diverse group who could make a real difference in our world.


"Our future is bright with opportunities we don't even know exist. Continue getting out of your boat, continue saying yes and continue the journey."


Marsh wasn't the only one to look ahead to even greater things.


"Instead of thinking of this as a departure, I think about it as a fulfillment of dreams," said Robert Lee, one of 22 class valedictorians. "We say hello to college, to the military, to new burning desires. Destiny opens her arms."


Valedictorian Kimberly Zoltan suggested her classmates could help redefine a generation.


"We are currented named 'Generation Me,'" Zoltan said. "I don't believe that's true. I believe we have the opportunity to be the next 'Greatest Generation.' But it's up to you. Who will you be?"


Mark McKinney, superintendent of the Hesperia Unified School District, applauded the graduates for their accomplishments before diplomas were presented.


"It [the diploma] is your everlasting text message that opens doors."


Following the presentation of the diplomas which were handed out by Hesperia Unified School Board Members senior class secretary/treasurer Jessica Gandara led her classmates in the tassel ceremony. Then the senior class song "Forever Young" by Alphaville played during the recessional.


Earlier, the school's symphonic band performed "Pomp and Circumstance," the AFJROTC Color Guard performed the presentation of the colors and senior class vice-president Christian Blasius led the flag salute. Alyxandra Yankasas sang the National Anthem, assistant principal Jennifer Murillo presented the valedictorians and Carina Rodriguez sang "There You'll Be." Senior class president Brooke Turner also addressed the audience.