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Highland High School senior says she wasn’t allowed to wear military stole during graduation

Highland High School senior says she wasn’t allowed to wear military stole during graduation


CENTERED OVER OUR FORECAST AREA, OR NEAR FRESNO. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE DEVELOPING OVER THE SIERRA NEVADA, MAINLY AMBER: GRADUATION IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT MILESTONES IN A STUDENT’S SCHOOL CAREER. A DAY TO CELEBRATE ALL ACCOMPLISHME NTS, BUT A FEW STUDENTS AT HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL SAY THEY WERE DEPRIVED OF THAT WHEN THEY WEREN’T ALLOWED TO WEAR THEIR MILITARY STOLES WITH THEIR GOWN DURING THURSDAY’S GRADUATION. JASMIN OROPEZA HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE NAVY’S DELAYED ENTRY PROGRAM FOR THE PAST SIX MONTHS. SHE WAS VERY EXCITED TO RECEIVE HER STOLE AS IT REPRESENTS ALL THE HARD WORK SHE HAD PUT IN. WHEN SHE POSTED PICTURES OF IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA SHE WAS APPROACHED BY ANOTHER CLASSMATE ASKING IF SHE WAS GOING TO BE ALLOWED TO WEAR IT DURING GRADUATION. THE OTHER STUDENT SAID THE PRINCIPAL, DEBRA VIGSTROM, TOLD HIM HE WASN’T ALLOWED TO. OROPEZA SAYS SHE INFORMED HER MILITARY RECRUITER ABOUT IT AND THAT HE WENT TO TALK TO A COUNCELOR ABOUT IT. ACCORDING TO OROPEZA, THE COUNCELOR TOLD THE RECRUITER THE DECISION WAS MADE BY PRINCIPAL VIGSTROM. WE REACHED OUT TO KERN HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT’S PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER ERIN BRISCOE ABOUT THE ISSUE AND SHE SAID: BEYOND THE TRADITIONAL CAP AND GOWN, GRADUATION ATTIRE IS A DECISION MADE BY THE INDIVIDUAL’S SCHOOL SITE’S ADMINISTRATION . . OROPEZA -“WE WORK REALLY HARD FOR THIS DAY TO GRADUATE AND FOR US TO NOT BE ABLE TO REPRESENT WHAT WE ACCOMPLISH, OUR FUTURE, EVERYTHING. IT WAS HEART- BREAKING.” OROPEZA SAID THAT BANDS FROM OTHER SCHOOL CLUBS LIKE AVID AND JROTC WERE ALSO TAKEN AWAY BEFORE GOING ON STAGE ON THURSDAY. SHE SAID STUDENTS WERE TOLD THEY WOULD BE RETURNED THE FOLLOWING DAY. AMBER: THE POLO EXPRESS WILL MAKE IT’S LAST RUN AT THE VALLEY PLAZA ON JUNE 5. THE OWNER SAYS THE TRAIN WILL NO LONGER BE ALLOWED IN THE VALLEY PLAZA MALL. THIS AFTER


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