After graduation comes freedom and much responsibility. Relying on the experiences that you had in high school is good start, but know the real growth comes from the experience gained from stepping outside of your comfort zone. So don't be afraid to take classes from different academic disciplines or apply for a job that you may have not previously considered. Stay strong to your core values, continue to be a critical thinker wherever life takes you, enjoy the company of those around you, and you will be just fine ;)
To my AVID seniors: Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! You have persevered through many difficulties and have proven that you are capable of achieving your goals. Whether hanging out on field trips or watching you work together in tutorial, its been a joy and a privilege to get to know all of you and to see you find the path that is best for you. Here are a few pieces of advice to ponder as you head off to the university: Don't let all of the extra paperwork get you down. Its just one of many hurdles that you will be able to clear if you don't let it discourage you. Search for truth. Don't just believe what your hear or read. Try to achieve balance. Its needed in college as well as in most areas of life. Come back and see us here at PRHS. We'd love to hear your success stories! -Ted Wagner
"Words of gratitude for the class of 2017. Thank you for being excellent role models and leaders, for generously giving to your school and community, and showing Bearcat PRIDE in all you do. I'm grateful to the many graduates who have enriched my life the past four years, giving me a lift when I needed something positive to laugh or cheer about, and inspiring me with a collective list of accolades too lengthy to brag about in one sitting. My parting advice? Be kind, be gracious, and don't worry so much. Take a breath now and then to enjoy friends, family, and nature. Most of all, remember gratitude for good fortune and good people."
To my English 3 class from 2015-2016: Thank you. Thank you for challenging me and teaching me how to become a better educator. Thank you for opening up to me and allowing me into your lives for a brief moment in time. As you leave this campus go knowing that you are loved and cared for by me and the rest of the PRHS staff. Embrace your mistakes, because mistakes can grant you some of the best chances to become a better you. Take time to develop relationships, because every person you cross paths with matters. Relationships are one of the best gifts we have. Lastly, remember that life will get tough, but it will never be THAT tough. You always have a friend in me, and I cannot wait to see where life takes you! I adore you all and will never forget you.
A shout out to my FIRST full Bearcat Graduating Class . . . April, Thaniel, C. Scott, Andrew, Tim, and Dustin: Working with you and watching the amazing humans you have become over the past four years has been my absolute pleasure. You have made me proud beyond words even though you have made me crazy just as many times. I embrace the uniqueness that each of you possess and love the spirit you have brought to my classroom and my life. My hopes and dreams for you as you enter the next chapter of your life, adulthood . . . so crazy, is for you to always remember that you are in control of your path (which includes your actions and your reactions) and each of you are capable of finding your own niche that will make life a wonderful experience. Like high school, there will be times when you are able to relax and savor the moment and others when you feel that the efforts and hard work expected of you are more than you are capable; don't ever give up and remember along the way that you have already conquered both, earning you the right to take this next step in life. Work hard when you need to and enjoy life when you can. Most importantly, never forget that you are amazing individuals and that you possess something that will add value to the world.
Dear Class of 2017, Congratulations on this milestone in your life. Celebrate and then continue to search for the best version of you that is possible. Be kind to animals. Talk to strangers. Travel early and often. Be kind to the earth and explore wild places. Break outside your comfort zone. Sing in the shower. Read the news, pay attention to what's happening and get involved. Help your neighbors. It's never too late to say you're sorry. Floss often. Never be afraid to stand up and be heard. Turn off your devices and unplug as often as possible. Tell your close friends and family you love them. Cultivate peace, empathy and understanding. Live a creative life. Embrace art, music, dance, theater, crafts and literature. Learn another language by living overseas. Practice random acts of kindness. Leave Paso Robles and return with wisdom and vision. Be a part of the solution to life's problems. And most of all, make a difference in the world with your life. Go make us proud, Class of 2017!
"One day or day One...YOU decide." Your future is finally here and now you get to decide what to do with it. And I couldn't be more proud of the humans beings that I got to see grow up right in front of me for the past 4 years. Codie, Suzanne, Taylor, Valerie, Jennifer thank your for your many hours of dance and cheer. An honest gift to work with. I love who you are and where you are going. Casey, take NY by storm, please! Leadership: Lindsay and Josh you have a piece of my heart, thank you. Raven and Kaleigh, really 4 years? You're amazing. Breanna, Toby and Shelby, be you, and you will be perfect. Link leaders Kaitlin, Anthony, Shelby, Samantha what fabulous people you are. Matt, Mason, Tegan, Kaylin thank you for always putting a smile on my face. Imelda, trust yourself, you are a gift and truly beautiful. Huge hugs and Bearcat Love, you are all, without a doubt, some of the most creative, athletic, caring and lovely people I know. Now's your chance to show the rest of the world- Shine, B.
To all of my Seniors: Thank you for all of your hard work, passion, love, talent, and creativity over the years. You always make me proud. Don't forget to follow your heart and your dreams, it will not lead you in the wrong direction. Remember to stay humble and that you always have a home here. Mrs. Goodnow
To Quote Rocky Balboa :) Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows... it can be a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there if you let it. Nobody is going to hit you as hard as life, but it ain't about how hard you get hit... it is about how hard you get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward. That is how winning is done. If you know what you are worth than go out there and get what you are worth, but you got to be willing to take the hits and not point the finger saying you ain't where you are because of him or her, cowards do that and that ain't you. You are better than that! Remember Bobo the clown he always got back up and kept moving forward when he got hit. Well maybe not the time he got kicked, but he will live forever stapled to my wall. Good Luck and may Cognition be with you always, Mrs. Martinez