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Diplomas, Medals Presented to 2023 Palmiter Graduates

Students, Families, and Staff Celebrate Academic Achievement

Graduate wearing cap and gown

Palmiter graduates were each presented with a Resiliency Medal to recognize their persistence and determination in overcoming obstacles.

Students, family members, friends, teachers, and staff gathered at Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School on June 7 to celebrate members of the 2023 graduating class as they proudly received their high school diplomas. As the well-known sound of “Pomp and Circumstance” filled the multi-purpose room, the audience stood and enthusiastically cheered for the graduates as they entered the familiar space. The room, filled with emotional family members holding balloons, was decorated with celebratory messages. Slices of cake were on display in the back of the room, waiting to be served once the last tassel was moved from right to left.

The commencement ceremony acknowledged the academic achievements of six students graduating from the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) school. In addition to their diploma, each graduate was presented with a brass-hued Resiliency Medal, recognizing their determination and persistence as they overcame obstacles and completed their high school education.

In addressing the graduates, Principal Lauren Roth explained the sentiment behind the medals that were suspended from vibrant green ribbons. “These medals recognize your resiliency, the ability to withstand, adapt, and overcome obstacles, and bounce back. When you are resilient, you learn how to overcome hurdles, which will have a lasting impact on your future careers, goals, and relationships.”

Deputy Superintendent Nancy Herota commended the students for developing real-life skills that will help them transition from high school to full-time work, independent living, job training, or post-secondary education. Herota was joined on stage by Sacramento County Board of Education Trustee Bina Lefkovitz, Director Michael Kast, Principal Lauren Roth, Teacher-in-Charge Sterling Alley, and School Psychologist Alex Price. The student speaker was Igor L., a graduating senior.

About Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School

Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School serves students in grades 7–12 with the primary disability of Emotional Disturbance. The school provides highly structured behavioral support and a strong career technical emphasis. To meet the unique educational, behavioral, and mental health needs of its students, who are referred by local school districts, Palmiter offers a range of services that promote a positive learning environment. Core academics are paired with real-world experience in a variety of fields.