By Nick Sestanovich
“Many teachers have told me that we were the best class,” Shannon Sweeney, the outgoing Associated Student Body senior president, said in her remarks at Benicia High School’s Class of 2018 graduation Saturday. “I would have to agree.”
Sweeney and her teachers were not alone in this opinion. As the speeches by graduating seniors and school officials rolled on, the reviews became apparent: this was a particularly exceptional graduating class. Judging what makes a class “great” is purely subjective, but Principal Brianna Kleinschmidt was quick to note that the class of ’18 had a lot to celebrate.
First of all, this was the first class to graduate on Benicia High’s campus in two years, as last year’s festivities had to be held 12 miles away at Diablo Valley College as the finishing touches were being put on the remodel for Benicia High’s usual venue, the George Drolette Stadium. The 2018 class got to be the first to graduate in the new stadium, and even amidst windy conditions where many graduating Panthers had to hold down their caps to keep them from blowing away, they were still energized to take that next step.