It is with great pleasure that I present the Del Norte County High School Graduating Class of 2022.

The true Pandemic Survival Class, your high school experience was marked by quarantines, masks, COVID, google and canvas classrooms, more quarantines, canceled athletic seasons, then truncated athletic seasons, then spectator-free games and dance and music concerts on zoom or via outside video.

Your four years of high school have been anything but ordinary and average. And you have pivoted and flexed when you needed to. You have survived one of the most ambivalent and overwhelming times in the last century. Not just survived; many of you have thrived.

We had a group of courageous students take a stand on tobacco sales and tobacco availability in Del Norte County; we had students build sheds, chicken coops, and frame out the next tiny house; we had students working in Del Norte owned auto shops and coffee shops; we had students earn college credit while online, finishing required college courses while still a high school senior; we had so many white star athletes, we lost count; and we finally had a prom and a rally, for the first time in two years.

Your senior year is bittersweet. It’s time for you to see what you’re made of and test your mettle; it’s time for you to venture out and explore your surroundings; it’s time to discover who you are. We know you are strong, flexible, kind, determined, and you will always be a Warrior. Good luck on your journey.

To meet the Del Norte High School Class of 2022, see Pages A11-A14


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