Dear Editor:

I’m sure you have heard the adage, “It takes a village to raise a child.” That quote can also apply to last week’s graduation of Douglas High School’s Class of 2016. It takes the hard work and efforts of many people and departments throughout the district and the community to pull off such an enormous undertaking.

The administration, faculty, staff and students appreciate all the work that enabled us to hold a memorable and dignified graduation.  The district maintenance and IT people worked long hours setting up and removing chairs, podiums, platform, and equipment. If you missed the graduation, be sure to check out the video at Thank you Mr. Fernando Quinonez and maintenance crew; and Mr. Marco Durazo and IT crew.

Mr. Luis Greer, district security guards, and DPD officers controlled traffic and secured a safe environment for staff, students, families and visitors.

The DHS counseling staff of Mr. Richard Acosta, Mr. Juan Esquer, Mr. Diego Guerrero, Ms. Lucy Rosario, CTE secretary Lori Carranza and Registrar Mrs. Ana Hill worked long hours to audit and verify credit hours and prepare the diplomas and the seating charts. Mr. Albert Young and Mrs. Jacque Valdez created and printed the programs.

We appreciated the support and presence of all five D.U.S.D. Governing Board members: Dr. Edward Gomez, Mr. Natalio Sabal, Ms. Susan Kramer, Mr. Mitch Lindemann, and Mr. Mario Ramos. Several district directors and principals, and DHS teachers also attended, as well as Mrs. Maria Velasco, Principal’s Secretary.  Our department chairpersons were present to help supervise as Superintendent Ron Aguallo presented each of the 243 graduates with his or her diploma. DHS Band Director Lee Bottelberghe and the DHS band played Pomp and Circumstance, and the Bulldog Fight Song, and Mr. Bottelberghe also sang the National Anthem. We were proud to have our military recruiters present as they acknowledged our students entering the military: SSG Kimberly Cardona, U.S. Army; SSG Jim Quintero, U.S. Marines; and Andres Casillas, U.S. Navy recruiter.

We would be remiss not to mention the outstanding coverage provided by the Douglas Dispatch through Mr. Bruce Whetten and Ms. Aaliyah Montoya. Thank you for the wonderful photos!

Our ceremony is not complete without the dignified and solemn presentation of colors by the Douglas Fire Department Honor Guard. We appreciate their annual appearance and participation.  We also thank our DHS parents for their role in supporting their students through years of school; and our seniors for their hard work and outstanding behavior during the ceremony.

Finally, for our graduates the evening ended with Project Graduation, provided for the students by the DHS PTSO officers and parents. We also say many thanks to Ms. Marsha John, Father Gilbert Malu and Loretto School for the beautiful Baccalaureate ceremony for our graduates.

As was mentioned early, it does truly take a village…and I apologize if anyone’s name has inadvertently been omitted. But for now we wish our graduates all the best as they move forward with their lives, knowing many successes await them as they pursue their dreams.

“Once a Bulldog – Always a Bulldog!”


The D.H.S. Administration

Dr. Andrea Overman, Principal;

Mr. Randy Walker, AD and Assistant Principal;

Mr. Brian Winter, Assistant Principal


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