Gateway Community School graduation in Camarillo

On Monday, June 10, Gateway Community School in Camarillo held their graduation for 21 students at the Ventura County Office of Education. Gateway is a school for at-risk youths. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers BIG DAY FOR STUDENTS - Casfer Hidalgo, 18, center, smiles as he enters Gateway Community School's graduation ceremony with his fellow graduates during Monday's ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo. MC 252

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BIG DAY FOR STUDENTS – Casfer Hidalgo, 18, center, smiles as he enters Gateway Community School’s graduation ceremony with his fellow graduates during Monday’s ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo. MC 252

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FINAL TOUCHES - Thomas Stehly, 18, left, has his collar adjusted by his brother, Nick, 15, before the start of Gate Community School's graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10. 21 students graduated in the ceremony. MC 251

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FINAL TOUCHES – Thomas Stehly, 18, left, has his collar adjusted by his brother, Nick, 15, before the start of Gate Community School’s graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10. 21 students graduated in the ceremony. MC 251

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Jonathan Gurrola, 17, adjusts his cords before the start of Gate Community School's graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10. The white cord is for leadership and the gold cord is for honor roll.

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Jonathan Gurrola, 17, adjusts his cords before the start of Gate Community School’s graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10. The white cord is for leadership and the gold cord is for honor roll.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Emmanuel Hernandez, 17, right, helps Casfer Hidalgo, 18, with his motarboard before the start of Gate Community School's graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10.

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Emmanuel Hernandez, 17, right, helps Casfer Hidalgo, 18, with his motarboard before the start of Gate Community School’s graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Abigail Smith looks out the window before the start of Gate Community School's graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10.

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Abigail Smith looks out the window before the start of Gate Community School’s graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Graduates pose for a photograph before the start of Gate Community School's graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10.

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Graduates pose for a photograph before the start of Gate Community School’s graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Phil Gore gives the keynote address during Gateway Community School's graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10.

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Phil Gore gives the keynote address during Gateway Community School’s graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers HARD WORK PAYS OFF - Erica Silva, left, smiles as she receives a $500 scholarship from Dr. Roger Rice during Gate Community School's graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10. 21 students graduated in the ceremony. MC 253

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HARD WORK PAYS OFF – Erica Silva, left, smiles as she receives a $500 scholarship from Dr. Roger Rice during Gate Community School’s graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10. 21 students graduated in the ceremony. MC 253

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Joel Leon smiles to the crowd after he gives the class poem during Gateway Community School's graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10.

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Joel Leon smiles to the crowd after he gives the class poem during Gateway Community School’s graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10.

MC 254 Gateway School Grad MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FINAL STEPS OF HIGH SCHOOL - Gateway Community School teacher Joy Wanamaker, right, congratulates Esteban Lopez after he receives his diploma during Gate Community School's graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10. 21 students graduated in the ceremony. MC 254

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FINAL STEPS OF HIGH SCHOOL – Gateway Community School teacher Joy Wanamaker, right, congratulates Esteban Lopez after he receives his diploma during Gate Community School’s graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10. 21 students graduated in the ceremony. MC 254

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers ROUND OF APPLAUSE - Gateway Community School graduates stand before the audience during their graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10. MC 255

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers
ROUND OF APPLAUSE – Gateway Community School graduates stand before the audience during their graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10. MC 255

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers CELEBRATING - Gateway Community School graduate Diego Felipe, 18, smiles as he is congratulated by family following the school's graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10. MC 256

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CELEBRATING – Gateway Community School graduate Diego Felipe, 18, smiles as he is congratulated by family following the school’s graduation ceremony at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo on Mon., June 10. MC 256

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