Friends of Kaiser PTSA salutes the “Kaiser High School Class of 2009”

Henry J. Kaiser High School held its on-campus commencement ceremony Friday, June 5th under sunny skies to award diplomas to its 258 graduating seniors. The ceremony featured music by the Kaiser High School Band, singing of “The Star Spangled Banner,” and welcome address by Beau Brians, class president’s address by Brian Freeman and valedictory address by Sarah Kern. The class presented a spirited rendition of “Lean On Me,” led by Toapasi Toetu`u. The presentation of diplomas was followed by a “surprise” fireworks display from an anonymous neighbor. This year’s class featured 18 students meeting the requirements for valedictorian. There were 34 summa cum laude, 29 magna cum laude and 44 cum laude graduates. Members of the graduating class earned over $2.4 million dollars in awarded scholarships.

Following the graduation ceremony and congratulatory lei presentations by family and friends, 200 of the graduates proceeded to an all night alcohol and drug-free celebration at the annual Project Grad ceremony hosted by parents of the graduates. Seven trolley cars caravanned the noisy graduates to Dave and Buster’s where they enjoyed dinner, dancing, entertainment from an improv group as well as a hypnotist, in addition to after-hours use of the D&B arcade. Final goodbyes, led by Jim Hutchinson, class counselor, were held at sunrise at Sandy Beach before the exhausted graduates returned to campus to be claimed by their parents. Congratulations and best of luck to all members of the class of 2009 in your future endeavors. Go Cougars!

Friends of Kaiser PTSA