More than 450 caps are hurled skyward after Point Loma High School’s 88th commencement June 11. The class of 2013 was reportedly one of the largest in recent memory, winning over $4 million in scholarships, with 96 percent of the seniors planning continue their education. The white caps of the class valedictorian and salutatorians, in white gowns, float among the maroon ones.
A graduate spots her family in the audience while another continues to search.
Igor Burgos-Maron, right, is thrilled his mother, center, had traveled to his graduation from Brazil. Burgos-Maron attended PLHS for grades 10-12 while living with relatives in the La Playa area.
Family and friends of Caelle McKaveney were easy to spot as they held enlargements of McKaveney's senior portrait.
A classmate applauds as her friend's name is called. Both are honor graduates, signified by the California Scholastic Federation drape over their gowns.
Departing PLHS Principal Bobbie Samilson, in black dress, leads the class of 2013 onto Bennie Edens Field for the school’s 88th commencement. Samilson was joined by, from left, Kevin O’Beirne, president of the Pointer Association; Board of Education trustee Richard Barrera; PLHS head counselor Sarah Brandl; and Capt. Scott Adams, commanding officer of Naval Base Point Loma.
The 88th Point Loma High School graduation ceremony was bittersweet. The traditional energy of the class was ever-present, with broad smiles and arms raised in celebration as a beach ball or two was floated. Beaming relatives overflowed Pete Ross Stadium, spilling on to Bennie Edens Field, awaiting the calling of their student’s name. The bitter element involved the formal departure of PLHS principal Bobbie Samilson, who has endeared herself to students. In her final role as PLHS principal, she presented diplomas to chants of “Bobbie, Bobbie, Bobbie.” Congratulations, class of 2013!
— Essay and photos by Scott Hopkins I The Beacon