By Dianne de Guzman
Balloons swayed in the air, family members cheered and air horns sounded as the graduates of Liberty High School were introduced by the advisors that worked with students closely to get them on that graduation stage.
The backgrounds and stories of the graduates widely varied, but the resounding theme of everyone who spoke was of students with the tremendous strength and perseverance required — and demonstrated — by the students that graduated on Thursday evening. The alternative high school graduated 31 students this year.
“This is a very special day and it’s a very special journey these students have come through,” Benicia Unified School District Superintendent Janice Adams said to the crowd. “When you arrive at Liberty, some of you are not so sure of your worth as a student; maybe you’re not feeling so great about yourself. But something magical happens at Liberty High School and that is each and every one of you are known and valued and cherished and mentored.