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Monterey High School Class Of 2020 Celebrates With Virtual Graduation

Fifty-five students graduated from Monterey High School on Friday, June 12, with a virtual graduation ceremony that featured photos and short videos of the graduating class and remarks from special guests.

Several students recorded 10-second personal statements wearing cap and gown. Others opted to have their graduation photo included as an alternative.

Anthony DeJesus graduates Monterey High School Class of 2020. (Photo Courtesy Monterey High School)

The graduates of Monterey’s continuation program have faced challenges along the way to receiving their high school diploma.

“You overcame the things that came in your way,” commented Monterey Principal David Guyer. “You pulled through.”

“Congratulations to the Monterey Continuation High School Class of 2020,” said Congressman Adam Schiff, who recorded a special message for graduates. “It’s an honor to be speaking with you today.”

“I know this is not how you envisioned your graduation,” Schiff continued. “But then, none of you is a stranger to adversity. Each of you persevered to get here today.”

“You believed in yourselves and so did your family, your friends, your community, your teachers and your fellow classmates,” Schiff added, as he encouraged graduates to “know your power.”

Pearl McArdle graduates Monterey High School Class of 2020. (Photo Courtesy Monterey High School)

The graduation video can be viewed online here.

More information about Burbank Unified School District’s Monterey High School can be found on their website located here.

Congratulations to the Monterey High School Class of 2020:

Kimberly Alcaraz

Jessie Alvarenga

Elijah Alvarez-Metzinger

Chantal Azri

Jonah Beres

Dixie Brunelle

Mario Cordero

Trinity Coreas

Alyssa Dawson Zaldivar

Anthony DeJesus

Rodrigo DeSouza

Hailey Dougherty

Tristen Duque

Obed Estrada

Melanie Estiban

Ethion Flores-Diaz

Samari Fuentealba Pineda

Jennee Gonzalez

Andress Haddad

Niamh Heatherington

Emma Hopkins

Crystal Hopper

Vianney Ibarra

Karla Jovel-Posada

Alex Kanakaryan

James Kassenborg

Arthur Keshishyan

Mace Koenig

Ethan Lucas

Samantha Lujan

Haile Macias

Olivia Manjarrez

Andrew Masferrer

Jasmine Matori

Pearl McArdle

Dominique McRae

Christopher Moreno

Melissa Morlet

Amina Obozova

Michelle Ortiz

Briana Ramirez

Manuel Ramirez

Gavino Reyes

Andres Rocha

Gonzalo Salazar

Me’Lady Sampson

Nikola Saric

Keily Simokovic

Tyler Smith

William Stern

Bella Tokareva

Eduardo Valeria

Jadrien Vassaux

Emerie Weiss

Liana Youredijian

Monterey High School Holds Graduation Ceremonies

Monterey High School recently held their graduation ceremonies.  Here is a complete list of the graduates provided by Monterey Principal, Ann Brooks

Photography by Edward Tovmassian

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian


Jennifer Aguilar

Tayari Akili

Sean Allison

Emily Amela

Anthony Amigon

Logan Anderson Evans

Adam Ayon

Shanelle Azri

Shake Berberian

Deana Buttress

Julian Caire

Yvette Canela

Alejandra Cano

Maritza Castaneda

Isabel Castaneda Meza

Samantha Chavez

Kimberly Chavez Alfaro

Nicholas Cowan

Hudson Dooley

Savannah Dowthwaite

Dalton Feroze

Jack Fisher

Alexa Foxx

Andre Gadimyan

John Garcia

Aileen Garcia Martinez

Emily Groom

Kady Guerrero

Samuel Guzman

Fadi Haroun

Aren Hendley

Damon Housholder

Christiano James

Austin Johnson

Mitchell Kupchik

Kevin Lopez Lozano

Quetzanxel Maldonado

Garrett Meehan

Joel Micioni

Begoia Morgande

Rita Musoyan

Julieta Ogando

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Michael Quinonez

Paloma Ramos

Christian Rawls

Inteous Richards

Chadric Richardson

Stella Rodriguez

Natasha Rogers

William Rosales

Priscilla Salamanca

Raul Sarabia

Clayton Savage

Ian Scott

Atrianis Sosa

Zyon Stinson

Miguel Vera

Dante Vignali

Khyree Williams

Jason Wilson

Bradly Zavala-Gonzalez

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian



Monterey Graduates Receive Diplomas

Monterey High seniors graduated during ceremonies this week. They are:

Photography by Ross A. Benson

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Abilez, Eddie

Abdul Nour, Tony

Acedo, Christopher

Arce, Jasmine

Arzumanyan, Syuzanna

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Bagdoian, Matthew

Barrett, Ashley

Beaver, Jordan

Beckett, Jason

Benitez Avelar, Desire

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Camarillo, Pedro

Cates, Brenden

Chopuryan, Narek

Chubarov, Artem

Covarrubias, Fernando

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dagliyan, Stella

Dalley, Kimberly

DeCamp, Kayla

Duarte, Louis

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Essaei, Demi

Flores, Brandon

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Gallegos, Luis

Garcia, Brianna

Gharabigi, Celin

Gonzales, Michael Scottie

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Kossoian, Hakop

Kuhn, Kathleen

Lane, Jason

Lewis, Ariahnah

Lim, Charleston

Lopez, Tyler

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Marquez, Gerardo

Martinez, Bertha

Martinez, Lauren

Martinez, Saul

McPhee, Kaylee

Medina, Adrian

Miller, Alan

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Orozco, Ruben

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Park, Jung

Parreno, Paolo Miguel

Perez, Yohanna

Piloyan, Anahit

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Quinones, Martha

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ramirez Cisneros, Marline

Rebolledo, James

Reyes, Priscilla

Rivera-Gonzalez, Arely

Rodriguez, Edwin

Rodriguez Castaneda, Shawn

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BUSD Monterrey High School Graduation 6-10-15=

Sandoval, Manuel

Segura, Denisse

Simonian, Matthew

Solis, Emmanuel

Soto Guevara, Luis

Taylor, Zachary

Valdez, Nancy

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Yaghobian, Christopher

Yucamco, Kassandra Denisse

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Zepeda Ortega, Daniel

Monterey Graduates Just Wanted a Chance to Succeed

Students left a bumpy road behind and set out for a second chance at Monterey High School. They credit their teachers with inspiring them to get the credits they needed to graduate. Parents, family and friends cheered on 71 graduates during commencement ceremonies Wednesday night at Luther Burbank auditorium.


By Joyce Rudolph

Keynote speaker and Monterey High School's Principal Ann Brooks addresses the class with 'I Think I Can' story. (Photo b y Ross A. Benson)

Principal Ann Brooks popped a train engineer cap on her head and then showed the 2012 graduating class of Monterey High School the children’s book “The Little Engine That Could.”

Monterey is the continuation high school in Burbank, providing an alternative education option for Burbank residents who for many reasons have left traditional high school. Seventy-one students received their diplomas during commencement on Wednesday afternoon in Luther Middle School’s auditorium.

Students standing were honored for 'Service Learning Hours' Elisa Moreno with 62 hours,Zoraida Rodriguez with 66 hours, and Julian Shaul with 50.5 hours. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In the children’s story, the train engine is given a heavy load to carry up a steep hill, and the familiar chant he says along the way is “I think I can, I think I can…”

“Everyone at one time or another has felt like that little engine,” Brooks said. “These special passengers have tried other modes of transportation … but either they were moving too slowly or too quickly or not at all and needed a change.”

Among those graduating this year were Gissele Argueta and Anthony Ramos.

Ada Tobar recieves her diploma from School Board President Debbie Kukta. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ramos came to Monterey from Burbank High School during his junior year. His mother checked into alternatives and Monterey was suggested.

“At first, I didn’t want to go because everyone thinks oh my gosh Monterey is like the school for bad kids, …and when I came, I was really happy that I ended up going,” Ramos said.

What inspired Ramos most at Monterey was the individualized attention he received from the teachers, he said.

“There are so many students at Burbank and Burroughs the teachers can’t grow a relationship with the students,” he said. “But at Monterey we only have 200 or so students, so the teachers can get a better relationship with us.”

Ramos also credits Andy Rotunno, director of student ministries at Village Church Burbank, for being a positive influence in his life since he started going to the church in seventh grade.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I’ve seen him change people completely, me being one of those people, and I just think that’s just such a rewarding job to be able to change people completely and put them down the right path,” Ramos said.

Ramos is planning to continue his studies at Glendale Community College and then transfer to Azusa Pacific, a Christian college, to follow a career in youth ministries.

Ramos’ mother, Regina Ramos, and grandmother, Rosalie Delgado, were in the audience during the graduation ceremony. “Pomp and Circumstance” played overhead while he marched with the other graduates toward the stage. As he passed his family, he gave his grandmother a high-five.

The encouragement from the teachers at Monterey was what inspired her grandson to achieve success, Delgado said. He was having a hard time focusing in class and he realized that.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“It helped being in the smaller classroom and the teachers were awesome with him. They helped him and were there to guide him and that’s really important having someone guiding your way,” she said. “At first he said I’m not going to do it, but he is doing really good. And I liked what they did. They praised him and that kept him more encouraged to go on.”

Ramos also became a student representative of the school board, said his mother Regina Ramos.

“That experience gave him even more confidence as to how capable he really is,” she said.

Gissele Argueta was falling behind in her credits at Burroughs after her parents divorced, she said.

At Monterey, she said the teachers motivated her and she began to look forward to school.

Monterey Student of the Year Gissele Argueta. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Economics and government classes became her favorite subjects at Monterey with teacher Keith Lang, she said.

“He made it fun for us. He would highlight what we would have to study to take the test,” she said.

She graduated from Monterey in September and just graduated as a medical assistant from Concorde Career College in North Hollywood. She will take her certification test in two weeks and then go back to school and study to become a radiology and ultrasound technician.

“Ever since I was little I’ve always loved to help people so I figured a teacher would be what I want to be,” she said. “But as I grew up, I set my mind to become a registered nurse, but a teacher explained what skills they need and I thought that would be too much for me. So I decided to take a different route in the medical field and I have been taking X-rays and ultrasounds. I like it.”

The most important thing she learned at Monterey, she said, was better studying habits.

“I’ve passed all my classes with As and Bs, so Monterey did help me a lot to get my study work done,” she said.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Principal Brooks couldn’t hide how proud she was of the class, and choked up when she read the final lines of her speech.

“It is time for the Panther Express to pull into the station and for you to disembark and go on to your future,” Brooks said. “You have reached your goal, and rest assured we know you can, we know you can, we know you can.”

Making one of those 'Kodak' moments for Monterey Graduation, held at Luther Middle School. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)