Pomp & Circumstance time for seniors at Menlo-Atherton High School

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on June 7, 2019

Yesterday, June 6, the senior class of 2019 bid adieu to Menlo-Atherton High School amidst a program filled with words and music.

The M-A concert band, M-A orchestra, M-A jazz band and M-A choir all took part. Senior speeches were given by Melody De La Quintana (Grateful), Elliot Schena (Embracing Uncertainty), Jayla Hill and Elise Kratzer (Connections), Brandon Ortega (Four IDs, Four Years, Four Stories) and Christopher Ikonomou – pictured right – (Missed Congratulations).

Principal Simone Kennel, senior class president John Mills and senior class vice-president Luke Scandlyn led the turning of the tassel ceremony.


As is tradition, the graduates, which numbered over 500, displayed where they were headed in the fall on the top of their caps.

M-A junior and InMenlo contributing photographer Lena Kalotihos was there to capture the action.

Photos by Lena Kalotihos (c) 2019

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Brad Robertson June 7, 2019 at 7:40 pm

The diversity at M-A helped me to be an inclusive member of society. At the time, I was a sheltered, local person not aware of the brilliant achievements from those that did not look like me. I greatly appreciate both my M-A academics and my new social relations with friends. Huge love to the Noble family. And many others that could relate to me as uninformed white guy. I thank you!

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Bear Madre June 7, 2019 at 9:12 pm

@brad what a lovely insightful post! Thank you for your heartfelt sentiments . I think they hold true through the generations and are what make M-A students experience a certain kind of special private school money cannot buy. Go Bears!

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