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Tesoro Graduates Offer a Surprise Ending

Those in the class of 2012 toss their caps in the air after their flash-mob performance. Principal calls them a special group.

Tesoro High graduated more than 500 students on Wednesay at Orange Coast College, and the Titans showed they had a bit of panache.

Near the end of the ceremony on the football field where this year's team scored its greatest victory—against Servite in the playoffs—graduates did their own victory dance.

They broke into a flash mob, shaking their gowns to parts of three different songs before unleashing their caps into the air in a synchronized wave from front to back.

The ceremony honored a number of individuals, including Valedictorian Vivek Manjunath, who was easy to spot wearing red amid a sea of blue and white gowns. He had a 4.63 grade-point average and is going to attend Dartmouth.

Additional addresses came from Ryan Pallas and Regine Goh, and Nicole Salas and Lauren Fish—senior class president and vice president—gave the command to their classmates to flip their tassels.

Principal Dan Burch called the Class of 2012, which numbered 577, a special group for their inclusiveness. Check out his comments, the flash mob, and pictures of the event in the accompanying video.

Debbie Seymour June 21, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Way to go Tesoro.....enjoyed the flash mob!
mike Gracey June 21, 2012 at 04:36 PM
2011 Trabuco hills (THHS) has the beat! Its the bests dance mob yet.
Mike Proctor June 21, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Congrats seniors.
Linda Finn June 21, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Great piece! Thanks, Patch! :)
Audrey June 21, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Nice ending!
Martin Henderson (Editor) June 21, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I knew somebody out there would like that. Thanks, Audrey.
Natalie Locke June 21, 2012 at 08:16 PM
So fun! You guys all looked terrific! And wonderful comments from principal Burch too.
LeAna Bui June 21, 2012 at 09:34 PM
It was a great ceremony and a perfect ending to 4 tremendous years at Tesoro!! Congrats Class of 2012! Thanks for the story, Patch - the video is great!
Carol Shack-Lappin June 22, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Thanks for this special video to remember a wonderful event!
Lady Golfnut June 22, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Too much pressure with the "new" GPA . In my day 4.0 was perfect. Sometimes raising the bar is a tripping more students
Lawrence (Larry) McCook June 22, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Tesoro, Trabuco and SMCHS make us proud! Congratulations!
Sandra McElwee June 22, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Tesoro totally 'gets it'. I am thrilled for all the students --regular education and special education--who benefit from the inclusion in ALL areas of the school. Principal Burch--you need to hold tours and trainings for ALL Southern California High Schools and encourage them all to embrace students of all abilities. The difference being made in the lives of your students is priceless and will carry them into success in every area of their lives. Tesoro ROCKS!
Martin Henderson (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 08:00 PM
The site is having some trouble right now with broken thumbnails, but if you click on the video a couple of times it should play. Nice comments, too. I love it when people "get it." Well put, Sandra.
Dara Zane Scully June 24, 2012 at 03:27 PM
How great! Looking forward to my sons going to this school.
mommy25girls July 06, 2012 at 07:24 AM
The only problem with it is Dan Burch.

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