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Class of 2024 celebrates graduation during morning ceremony

Families were invited to take pictures on the soccer field with the grads after the ceremony

Sitting in the hot and humid weather, the class of 2024 gathered together on the football field Saturday, May 18 to celebrate their last moments as high schoolers. The graduation ceremony took on several new looks this year with the ceremony itself being moved to 10am so that it didn’t interfere with state swim. Traditionally, graduates and their families hangout on the football field post ceremony to take pictures and hangout. This year however, families were asked to meet their graduates on the soccer field to eliminate congestion.

Striving to be valedictorian all of high school, senior Sarah Anderson said that it was a validating experience.

“For me, being valedictorian was a goal that I’ve had since freshman year,” Anderson said. “Getting it was really cool because it was achieving something I’ve been working towards for so long and it also felt like validation for studying really hard all of high school.”

Leading up to the ceremony, senior Austin Leiker said that most students were experiencing mixed emotions.

“The atmosphere of graduation was very mixed,” Leiker said. “There were so many students that were excited to be there but there were also lots of people who were ready to get it over with and leave high school behind.”

Recognizing the little things, Anderson said that jaguars are seen as guides in ancient Aztec culture.

“My speech was about recognizing the small things and the journey to achieving a goal and then celebrating your accomplishments when you get your goals,” Anderson said. “As part of this I talked about how the Aztecs viewed jaguars as protectors and guides and how us as Mill Valley jaguars have been guided and helped to guide others.”

Reflecting on the ceremony, Leiker said that he doesn’t remember much about the experience.

“I don’t really remember much about walking across the stage after they called my name,” Leiker said. “The only thing I can remember was hugging Dr. [Gail] Holder. It was such a surreal experience so it all blurred together.”

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Meg McAfee
Meg McAfee, JAG reporter/writer
This is junior Meg McAfee’s second year on the yearbook staff and she will be taking on the position of a writer. When not working for the yearbook, you can find her running cross country and track or participating in NHS, Educators Rising, and being a chair for Relay For Life. Outside of school she enjoys hanging out with her friends and teammates, eating ice cream, blasting Taylor Swift, watching sunsets, or watching her favorite TV shows on her couch. 
Molly Griffin
Molly Griffin, JAG social media and managing editor
This is junior Molly Griffin's second year on the JAG yearbook staff and she will be taking on the position of co-social media and managing editor. When not in the C-101 you can find her participating in Relay for Life or at the MV softball field. Outside of school, you can find her playing on her club softball team, working at Pink Charming Boutique, or watching the sunset with her friends.

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