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Graduates Take Center Stage
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Caps and gowns at the ready, graduates of Riverbank High School and their younger counterparts at Cardozo Middle School will be marching to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance this week.

Cardozo's graduation ceremony for its eighth grade students is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. and the high school graduation will follow on Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. Both ceremonies will be on the campus at Riverbank High, staged in the quad area.

Officials at Cardozo Middle School estimated the graduating class there at 120.

At Riverbank High, counselor Denny Carl said there are about 175 students graduating and the class includes three Valedictorians and one Salutatorian.

Valedictorians for the Class of 2008 are Brock Costalupes, Evan Gunther and Vania Leonardes; Salutatorian is Raquel Medina.

"There will be a welcome by ASB (Associated Student Body) President Janette Ruiz and Karina Duarte, the Senior class president," added Carl. "The opening address will be given by Raquel and Vania, the school board presents the diplomas and the farewell is given by Brock and Evan."