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Diplomas Awarded to Leo A. Palmiter’s 2024 Graduates

Students, Families, and Staff Celebrate Determination and Perseverance

Kiarra Johnson speaking

Graduating senior Kiarra Johnson addressed the audience at the 2024 Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School graduation ceremony.

On June 4, a joyful gathering of students, family members, friends, teachers, and staff took place at Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School to honor the 2024 graduating class. The event saw graduates proudly accepting their high school diplomas amid enthusiastic cheers and the iconic sounds of Pomp and Circumstance filling the multi-purpose room.

The commencement ceremony highlighted the academic achievements of five students graduating from the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) school. In addition to receiving their diplomas, each graduate was awarded a Resiliency Medal, symbolizing their determination and perseverance in overcoming obstacles to complete their high school education.

Principal Lauren Roth addressed the graduates, explaining the significance of the medals. “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.”

Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon commended the students for developing life skills that will help them transition from high school to working full-time, independent living, job training, or post-secondary education. Superintendent Gordon was joined on stage by Sacramento County Board of Education President Bina Lefkovitz, Vice President O. Alfred Brown, Sr., Special Education Director Michael Kast, Principal Lauren Roth, Teacher-in-Charge Sterling Alley, and School Psychologist Alex Price. Senior Kiarra Johnson served as the event’s student speaker, adding a distinctive touch to the inspiring ceremony.

About Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School

Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School educates students with emotional challenges in grades 7–12. 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.