By Victor Calderon
El Camino Fundamental High School graduates walked across the stage in their forest green caps and gowns to receive their diplomas on Thursday during a ceremony on the school's Abbott Field.
The graduating class for the Carmichael-area school had about 330 students.
"At El Camino, we often talk about our fundamental spirit," principal Jill Spears said. "Earlier this year, teacher died suddenly... you students pulled together and we mourned the loss of a great woman... Ms. Mesquita lived the fundamental spirit on a daily basis."
The two-hour ceremony included music by the El Camino Symphonic Band and Olivia Sarro sang "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban.
"Throughout the years, we all began to grow and see each other as Eagles," Selamaria Nua told her fellow graduates. "Our time at El Camino is coming to a close... we can hold our heads high."
El Camino's five - Karina Hendren, Maya Magee, Chris Smith, Joanna Glum and Emily Schreiner- were recognized.
"Success is being who you were meant to be," said Glum, who will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. "Life isn't a competition, it's a collaboration."
Graduates than walked the stage from Alexander Traverso Abcarius to Robert Anthony Zumpano, although not in alphabetical order. Once they were done, they did the graduation custom of tossing their caps into the air.
Afterwards, family and friends rushed the field and graduates embraced them and each other and posed for photos.
"It's amazing. I couldn't be happier," said Rohit Vohra, who said he is attending in the fall where he will study business. "I want to be managing stores, hotels and properties."
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