‘Life is short, anything can happen in an instant’ says Capistrano Valley High Graduate who Thrived Against the Odds

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The speeches delivered by Capistrano Valley High School graduates on Thursday, June 6 were a bit unconventional, but that only made them more inspiring to their fellow graduates along with 3,000 relatives and friends who filled the school’s stadium for the commencement ceremony.

Members of Capistrano Valley High School’s Class of 2019 move their tassels at the conclusion of their Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

Capistrano Valley High graduates and supporters heard from Scholar of Scholars Saam Kazemi, as well as William Burks and Paria Honardoust, two of the school’s 158 valedictorians.

And then there was graduate Tatum Boone, who also delivered a commencement address and was quick to acknowledge being anything but a model student, while overcoming tremendous odds to earn her spot at the podium.

“I am not a valedictorian, and I do not have perfect attendance and I can confidently say that I have no idea what I’m doing for college,” Boone said. “I guess you could say that I don’t particularly like school, so I am a little embarrassed to say that I have grown an attachment to this one.”

Boone talked openly about the shame of being expelled during her junior year followed by the gratitude she felt for being able to return for the second part of her senior year.

The graduate then talked about being stabbed in the stomach by a mentally ill relative and enduring a month in the hospital and two surgeries as a result.

“Life is short, anything can happen in an instant,” Boone said. “Whatever you do, please just do something that makes you happy. We are all capable of thriving no matter what has happened or will happen.”

Tatum Boone gives one of the student speeches during the Commencement Ceremony at Capistrano Valley High School on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

Honardoust, a member of the National Honor Society and other prestigious school clubs, told her classmates to avoid the temptation to be defined by outside accomplishments or affiliation with a specific group.

“Class of ’19, I am here to tell you, there are so many things that make us great, but these do not have to be our defining factors,” Honardoust said. “We must look deeper. I’m powerful, you’re powerful, and it’s not because of the reasons you may expect. You are you because you are here, right now, graduating despite the obstacles you have been presented with and the tiring hardships you have faced. You made it. Your growth is who you are.”

William Burks gives one of the student speeches during the Commencement Ceremony at Capistrano Valley High School on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

Burkes encouraged his graduating class to be curious and take risks and Kazemi told them to cherish their individuality.

“I was scared of whether I could fit in, whether I could make Capo my home,” Kazemi said of her freshman year. “But what I came to realize is that Capo isn’t about fitting in. Everywhere I turned, I met fellow Cougars that were embracing their own distinct passions and personalities, and encouraging me to do the same.”

Dignitaries in attendance included Capistrano Unified School District Board Member Judy Bullockus, Superintendent Kirsten Vital, and Mission Viejo City Council members Wendy Buckman and Trish Kelley.

City, District and School Dignitaries are introduced as they stand on the stage during the annual Commencement Ceremony at Capistrano Valley High School on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

The Capistrano Valley High School Camerata and Tapestry choirs performed during the ceremony and the Camerata choir performed the National Anthem.

Principal John Misustin shared parting sentiments with the 2019 graduates.

“Regardless of what you do or where you go next, there will be those who question and challenge you,” Misustin said. “All too often your voice will be disregarded, cast aside or marginalized because of your age, as if what you believe in only matters when you reach a certain age. I challenge you to not fall victim to this negativity, what you believe in matters, your voice matters now in this world.”

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Members of Capistrano Valley High School’s Class of 2019 toss their caps into the air in celebration as they are announced as official graduates of the school during their Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Capistrano Valley High School’s Class of 2019 does the “Roller Coaster” together one last time during their Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Capistrano Valley High School teachers and students walk together as they make their way toward the school’s stadium for the 2019 Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Capistrano Valley High School’s class of 2019 files into the stadium, with proud family members looking on, at the start of their Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Capistrano Valley High School graduates celebrate as they jog back to their seats after receiving their diplomas at Thursday’s Commencement Ceremony on June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Members of Capistrano Valley High School’s Class of 2019 celebrate together after being announced as official graduates of the school during their Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Capistrano Valley High School students walk together as they make their way toward the school’s stadium for the 2019 Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Senior Class President Cassandra Dulla leads the Pledge of Allegiance during the Commencement Ceremony at Capistrano Valley High School on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Capistrano Valley High School Principal John Misustin presents the class of 2019 during the school’s Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Capistrano Valley High School’s class of 2019 files into the stadium, with proud family members looking on, at the start of their Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Capistrano Valley High School students walk together as they make their way toward the school’s stadium for the 2019 Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Capistrano Valley High School students walk together as they make their way toward the school’s stadium for the 2019 Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
The Capistrano Valley High School Camerata, under the direction of Erin Girard, sing the National Anthem at the start of the school’s annual Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Graduating seniors, in caps and gowns, walk through a series of arches as they make their way onto the field in the school’s stadium for their Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Capistrano Valley High School’s class of 2019 files into the stadium, with proud family members looking on, at the start of their Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Graduating seniors, in caps and gowns, walk through a row of flags as they make their way onto the field in the school’s stadium for their Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
“Scholar of Scholars” Saam Kazemi makes an address during the Commencement Ceremony at Capistrano Valley High School on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Judy Bullocks, a Board of Trustees Member, accepts the class of 2019, presented by school principal John Misustin, left, during the Capistrano Valley High School Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Paria Honardoust gives one of the student speeches during the Commencement Ceremony at Capistrano Valley High School on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Soon-to-be graduates of Capistrano Valley High School applaud one of the student speakers during the school’s Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
City, District and School Dignitaries are introduced as they stand on the stage during the annual Commencement Ceremony at Capistrano Valley High School on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Graduating seniors, in caps and gowns, walk through a series of arches as they make their way onto the field in the school’s stadium for their Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Capistrano Valley High School graduate Brennan Richardson poses for an official photo with Board of Trustees Member Judy Bullockus after receiver his diploma during Thursday’s Commencement Ceremony on June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Mission Viejo Council Member Patricia Kelley shakes hands with Capistrano Valley High School graduate Joshua Puchalski as he accepts his diploma on stage during the school’s Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Capistrano Valley High School graduates Seth Pulliam and Kendal Evans find each other and steal a celebratory kiss on the field in the school’s stadium after the conclusion of their Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
A 2019 tassel hangs from the cap one of the 494 graduating seniors during the annual Commencement Ceremony at Capistrano Valley High School on Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

The 2019 Capistrano Valley High School graduates are:

Elyse Abregov

Samer Abulaban

Marisa Accetta

Cristian Aguilar Villa

Hailey Aguirre-Torres

Parsa Akhtari

Sarah Alcala

Juliana Alcaraz

Adrian Alvarez

Jennifer Alvarez

Dana Alvarez Mendoza

Marlena Ambrose

Alba Anaya

Blake Andrews

Osiris Noe Angeles

Angel Anguiano

Jasmine Ansary

Rayne Anwar

Anthony Arnoldo

Joseph Arnoldo

Randy Arriaga

Eric Arteaga

Sahar Asadifar

Farnaz Ashouri

Yasmine Atta

Beverly Auchmoody

Carlos Avila

Joselyn Ayala

Parneyan Azamy

Kenia Baez

Hailey Balogh

Danielle Balsz

Corey Bannerman

Janice Barajas

Mitzy Barrera-Rivera

Miguel Barriga Garcia

Ryan Bass

Melody Bathaee

Jordyn Bautista

Heather Bell

James Benavente

Nathan Benefeito

Reagan Berryman

Rhianna Berryman

Satej Bhogill

Carter Blaschke

Madison Boles

Tatum Boone

Mia Borja

Jason Bornstein

Amir Borujerdpur

Sahar Borujerdpur

Paige Boyle

Julia Bradshaw

Emma Briggs

Marisa Brito Ulloa

Ishmeal Broadus

Garrett Broussard

Jamie Brown

Jessica Brown

Audrey Brull

John Brull

Hugo Bueno

Theodore Bullockus

Brandon Burkett

William Burks

Emma Burton

John Bushhousen

Juliana Buskirk

Alexis Calderon

Astazzia Calderon

Chad Call

Jordan Callaghan

Michelle Camacho

Jordyn Campbell

Rosealina Canning

Jaqueline Carbajal

Isabella Carr

Chiara Carreira

Victor Caudillo

Andres Ceja

Jack Celaya

Eduardo Cervantes

Zahad Chavez

Sydney Cheng

Ryan Chisholm

Ethan Christus

Brenden Church

Natalie Clement

Jacob Clover

Julien Coco

Kei Colon

Brooke Conley

Maiya Contreras

Catherine Cook

Laisha Correa

Michael Cortes

Luke Cosby

Steven Crane

Mason Crockett

Jose Cruz

Santiago Cruz

Ronaldo Cruz-Delgado

Rhianna Cuaresma

Ethan Currie

Sormeh Daryaie

Halle Dato

Jenna Dato

Mona Davarmanesh

Makenzie Davis

Armin Davoodi

Jenasis Dawly

Sienna Del Prato

Aidan Delgado

Sandra Delgado

Patrick DeLorenzo

Jordan DeMond

Katelyn Dennis

Bryce Derring

Jessica Deutsch

Thomas Dickman

Hannah Dimaano

Shane Domanick

Bob Jacob Donggon

Drew Donovan

Ryan Dorta

Cassandra Dulla

Margaret Eberhardt

Amir El Hammamy

Lucas Elam

Eduardo Escamilla

Kamran Eslami

Kevin Esmaeili

Aragon Espinoza

Kendal Evans

Amy Fabrizio

Gavin Falconer

Negar Fattahi

Jessica Fedele

William Feider

Ryan Felter

Andrew Fernandez

Brian Florentino

Shawn Flores

Makenna Fojas

Natalie Folkestad

Faith Frank

Andrew Freitas

Hunter Frio

Alexa Fulkerson

Ann Gal

Hyrum Gallart

Litzy Garcia

Miguel Garcia

Stephanie Garcia

Lance Gardiner

Grantland Gardner

Jose Kevin Gaytan

Victor Gelikman

Matthew Gennaro

Brett George

Rustin Gharabati

Penelope Gibbs

Jacob Gierstorfer

James Giles

Alexandria Givens

Michael Glessner

Dominic Gomez

Daniela Gonzalez

Carl Goss

Alyssa Grabowski

Ariel Grace

Kayson Graham

Savannah Gramme

Sierra Gramme

Elizabeth Granados

Kristen Grant

Leanne Grant

Garrett Graves

Jenna Gray

Aaron Greene

Helen Greenia

Andrew Grier

Sierra Griffin

Madison Griggs

Carys Gustafson

Jose Gutierrez

Kimberly Gutierrez

Scott Gutierrez

Alea Hamby

Brendon Harb

Marissa Hardy

Emily Healy

Julian Hernandez

Luis Hernandez Lopez

Rodrigo Hernandez-Torres

Brent Hickey

Jaclyn Higa

Kevin Hill

Raymond Ho

Jacob Hobson

Sophia Hoiseth

Zadron Hokuki

Paria Honardoust

Markie Hopkins

Kelsey Horton

Bryan Hougland

Tanner Hoyle

Hannah Hubbard

Alexander Huff

Madeline Hundley

Morgan Hunt

Jayce Hunter

Chase Inman

Andrew Isaac

Samuel Jacobson

Hannah Jamalpour

Zachary Janbay

Jordan Jarvis

James Jenkins

Isabella Jin

Keely Jones

Amir Joudat

Ethan Juedes

Mire Kanjo

Anmol Kaur

Lara Kayiran

Saam Kazemi

Kendall Kearns

Christopher Keiper

Mackenzie Kelly

Gunner Kerr

Saif Khader

Shadi Khanpour Doustkar

Arya Kia

Ashkan Kia

Niloufar Kia

Kyle Kibic

Shawn Kim

Abigail King

Richard Kjell

James Knecht

Jada Kredo

Jonathan Kroes

Ethan Kron

Brandon Kruebbe

Olivia Kudla

Grayson Kukuk

Sean Labigan

Madison Lackie

Taryn LaCourse

Brian Lak

Penelope Lamb

Sandra Landaverde

Cinthia Landeros

Sailor Lane

Connor Lansing

Jason Laskey

Nathanael Lazaro

Kyle Lazatin

Daniel Le

Charles Lemieux

Joshua Liebrand

Lauryn Livingstone

Melissa Logan

Brianna Lopez

Luis Lopez

Ariadne Lugo-Perez

Alejandro Luna

Jayden Lupis

Natasha Luszczyk

Cameron Lynch

Jarrett Lyons

Stephanie Machorro

Edwin Maganda

Christian-Dylan Maglalang

Mataya Mandarino

Nathan Manning

Camryn Marchi

Kayla Marck

Victoria Marco

Brenna Martinez

Daniel Martinez

Ma Letecia Martinez

Jake Massengale

Patrick Mattiocco

Sophia Maxson

Kyle Mays

Ethan McCrary

Hanna McDonald

Kelli McKay

Richard McLain

Ian McNelley

Lisette Medina

Yulissa Medina

Yajaira Mendoza

Jake Merrill

Jakeb Meyer

Joshua Meyer

Kyle Mischel

Mina Miskinyar

Jacob Moger

Ashton Mohammed

Kieth Moldovan

Hayley Montague

Hayley Mordy

Blake Morgan

Michael Morizono

Otan Motamedi

Rodeen Motamedi

Peri Mramer

Jenna Muck

Joshua Muck

Rachel Mueller

Riley Murdock

Ethan Najar

Grecia Najar

Nolan Nankervis

Felix Nazarenus

Madeline Neal

Hannah Nguyen

Kristie Nguyenhoag

Katherine Nieto Carrillo

Krysta Nitinthorn

Kevin Nunez

Saul Nunez

Carmen Ocampo

Nathalie Ochoa

Venesa Ochoa

Mikayla O’Connor

Sarah O’Donovan

Ryan Ohlinger

Adriel Ojeda

Garret Oke

Zachary Olds

Jennifer Oliva Muniz

Bertha Olmedo

Canyon Olsen

Rocio Ortiz

Estefany Orzuna

Cameron Osburn

Keaton Ota

Steve Palomera

Nikola Pankau

Andrew Paredes

Kevin Parhami

Paige Parker

Joshua Partridge

Michael Patterson

Lorelei Peak

Andrew Peery

Jenna Pelligra

Sadie Peltz

Kelly Penrose

Jessica Peralta

Anjoulie Perez

Alexa Perez Menduet

Zion Pfeifer

Joseph Phan

Kennedy Pohl

Christina Polcuch

Patrick Polcuch

Gage Pranajaya

Merrel Pretorius

Jacob Puchalski

Joshua Puchalski

Alexa Pugliese

Seth Pulliam

Alexandra Pupil

Brooklyn Quinn

Parker Quinn

Armina Qurbanzadeh

Jahana Rahman

Arlene Ramirez

Connor Ramirez

Jade Ramos

Katherine Ramos Gil

Michaela Ramsey-Higby

Rostin Rastgou

Raymond Razo

Luis Rebollar

Savino Reyes

Brennan Richardson

Matthew Rivera

Mitchell Robertson

Jolie Robinson

David Rodriguez

Madison Roger

Parto Rohani

Megan Ross

Spencer Rubio

Desiree Ruiz

Julio Ruiz

Matthew Ruiz

Kian Saadat

Brett Saiki

Juan Carlos Saldivar

Babak Salimitari

Lluvia Sandoval Avila

Garrett Sandzimier

Arnav Sareen

Matthew Savely

Nicholas Savely

Tyler Savely

Michael Schlom

Eric Schumann

Steven Scott

Julie Seeker

Jason Seitz

Tyler Self

Sarah Semaan

Katelyn Severance

Braden Seymour

Madison Shimizu

Jakob Shipley

Megan Short

Stephen Sibley

Max Siegelman

Matthew Sloss

Cory Smith

Kaitlyn Smith

Sian Smith

Ryan Solanki

Owen Solomon

Tyler Sorrell

Sereen Souri

Christiana Steenstra

Eve Stemen

Rhys Stevens

Cole Stewart

Joseph Stodder

Ansley Stotelmyre

Paige Straus

Ignacio Strickler

Aiden Sullivan

Diego Sunico

Logan Sutorius

Eliana Sweet

Ian Tanap

Alexandra Taylor

Olivia Taylor

Ariana Terjenian

Thomas Tesoriero

Sydney Teti

Sarah Thieroff

Jeffrey Thornton

Danilo Tiotuico

Nicholas Tirabasso

Alyssa Tock

Jason Todaro

Nicholas Tolmasoff

Jenna Toms

Adrian Torres

Christian Totten

Ivy Tran

Nathan Tran

Vylan Tran

Nathan Treloar

Ryan Trevizo

Arman Vakili

Kobe Valdez

Hannah Varshochi

Jasmin Vasquez Flores

David Vaughan

Jair Vazquez

Jasmine Vazquez Aguirre

Melvin Vera

Mark Vilchez

Idalio Villagran

Edwin Villanueva

Hector Vizcarra

Ronak Vyas

Chloe Wagner

Mika Wagner

Keenan Walsh

Declan Walton

Caleb Watson

Katherine Watson

Whitnie Wattles

Rebel Weldon

Elena Wenger

Madison Werner

Armaan Williamson

Natalie Wise

Creed Wren

Bridgette Wyss

Nicole Yacoub

Caden Yancey

Jason Yi

Jonathan Yslas

Taylor Yung

Garrett Zach

Angel Zamora

Kiarash Zanganeh Abbasi

 

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