HARLINGEN — The first graduating class of Early College High school had much to cheer about Friday evening as the students walked through the halls of Harlingen Municipal Auditorium. Together, the graduating class of 2011 walked away with hundreds of college credits earned.
Cheering parents, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles showed their support for the class by arriving with balloons and stuffed animals with writings that congratulated the 74 seniors.
But all the cheers and applause were silenced by the theme of the night — the road less traveled.
Lyca Intal, 18, ECHS salutatorian and class president said that her graduating classmates are trail blazers who have paved a very unique path for the entire campus.
Lyca graduated with an associate’s degree in biology. She said she would be attending the University of Texas-San Antonio in the fall where she plans to major in pre-medicine.
Josue Aldrete, 18, valedictorian, said that it was a wonderful opportunity for him and his classmates to set the standards for students to follow in their footsteps.
Josue also received an associate’s degree in biology. He will attend the University of Texas-Pan American, where he will major in biology.
School Board President Gerry Fleuriet told the seniors that their graduation from high school was one of the greatest moments in their life, and that they should cherish every second.
She applauded the class of 2011 for stepping out and away from the traditional path to follow their dreams.
Fleuriet read a poem by Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken.”
The top 10 of the first ECHS graduating class are Valedictorian Josue, Salutatorian Lyca, Luis Maldonado, Melissa Martinez, Sara McNutt, Abimael Moreno, Alma Ramos, Abygail Reyes, Kevin Romans and Rubi Soto.