Placer High Class of 2012 to graduate Saturday

Students helped raise API score, vice principal says
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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Seniors at Placer High School will be awarded their diplomas and take their place as alumni Saturday morning. Graduation starts at 9 a.m., with gates at LeFebvre Stadium opening at 7 a.m., according to Vice Principal Steve Caminiti. There are no tickets and seats on the bleachers will be first-come, first-serve. Sober Grad Night check-in is from 10 to 11 p.m. the night of graduation in the gym at the Auburn Recreation District. This year the honor guard will be performing for the first time, according to Vice Principal Kim Barry. A special awards ceremony will begin at 8 a.m., Friday, before the start of graduation practice. Aside from graduation, seniors say they are looking forward to senior picnic Friday and new horizons after that. ?It?s going by too slow!? said senior Luke Cardelli. ?I?m ready to go, but I?m not ready to say ?goodbye.? I want to put Auburn in my rearview mirror.? Cardelli joined the United States Marine Corps and will be heading to Camp Pendleton in San Diego County for basic training. He said he?ll always remember being crowned homecoming king and playing as captain on the football team in the same night senior year. Domineek Santori, also a senior, said while she is staying close to Auburn and will be attending Sierra College, the change will be a little bit sad. ?I?ll be around still, but won?t get to see everyone everyday the way I do now,? Santori said. In particular, she said she will miss the culture of Placer High. ?Our school is probably one of the most spirited schools. It?s perfect,? Santori said. Brandon Barry, currently a junior, will be performing in the honor guard at graduation and taking his place as a senior. He said he is looking forward to starting as Associated Student Body President and making his last homecoming great. He hopes to attend the Naval Academy at Annapolis after he graduates. ?It?s kind of weird that I?m not going to be here and I?ve been here my whole life. I went to daycare here,? Brandon Barry said. ?It?s like a family here. It?s like you could talk to anyone about anything.? Kim Barry, Placer High vice principal, said she is already tearing up at the thought of her son graduating next year, but proud of the contributions this year?s senior class has made. ?They are very respectful of the school and they helped to change some of the past culture on campus by still having fun, making the rallies a little classier,? Barry said. That positive behavior carried over into STAR testing, which Barry said help raised the school?s Academic Performance Index score. ?The seriousness with which they took that, they helped to change how the other classes view it,? Barry said. ?This group did take it seriously and really excelled with it and they helped get our API score up to 807.? Reach Sara Seyydin at, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News. _______________________________________________________ What: Placer High School Graduation When: 9 a.m. (gates open at 7 a.m.), Saturday, June 9 Where: LeFebvre Stadium, Placer High School, 275 Orange Street, Auburn Event Details: Watch the class of 2012 earn their diplomas at Placer High School. There are no tickets and bleacher seating is first-come, first-serve.