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PAYS students from Lake View, Central high schools celebrate graduation

The graduation ceremony celebrated 65 students at McNease Convention Center.
Credit: San Angelo Independent School District

SAN ANGELO, Texas — On Thursday, May 27, PAYS School held a graduation ceremony for Pays students at the McNease Convention Center.

According to a San Angelo Independent School District release, 65 students from Lake View High School and Central High School graduated Thursday. 

“Faced with unique circumstances, our PAYS graduates persevered on their way to success,” Dr. Carl Dethloff, SAISD, superintendent. “We are so proud of their individual accomplishments and congratulate them on this special occasion.”  

Claudia Becerra, PAYS principal, addressed and presented the class, according to the release.

“It’s one thing to be proud of our graduating seniors, but it's an entirely different experience when you know that the students have persevered in the face of adversity,” Becerra said. “PAYS graduation is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. The students have worked hard for this moment, and I’m proud to celebrate their success.”

The Acceptance of the Class was made by Ami Mizell-Flint, an SAISD board trustee.

"Accepting a class of seniors is always a privilege, but the opportunity to accept the PAYS graduating class is even more special. Students at PAYS all have a story that got them there," Mizell-Flint, said. "Knowing that in spite of their challenges, they recognized that graduating was a priority makes it even more of an honor to accept them as graduates on behalf of SAISD."

Desiree Dotson, Juan Antonio Duran and Monica Mendoza were among the PAYS student speakers.

A PAYS downloadable graduation ceremony program is available online.

SAISD is proud of its PAYS Class of 2021 graduates and their achievements, and honors this important milestone and stepping-off point for their future, the release said.