By Matt Miller
Principal James Hightower looked out at his graduating Sem Yeto High School students Wednesday night at Armijo’s Brownlee Field and said, “You are valued. You are needed. Recognize your worth.”
The Sem Yeto Class of 2023 numbered 160 with the bulk of them in attendance, dressed in blue caps and gowns colorfully decorated with their own personal flair. The graduates marched into the stadium to the familiar refrains of “Pomp and Circumstance” and walked out once the evening was complete as high school graduates.
The Sem Yeto class overcame many obstacles that continuation students often face in trying to achieve the goal of graduation. But on top of that, the first two years for many of them was made even more challenging by the Covid pandemic.