This year, three students from Liberty High School were chosen to speak at their commencement ceremony: Cassandra Saavedra, Erika Diaz and Ruth Hernandez.
Principal Jim Jordan said that all three speeches represent the genuine feeling at Liberty High School.
"It's a small learning school and each has found a home,” he said regarding the students.
“They were lost in the bigger educational environment but Liberty was a savior for them to finish their education. They are very sincere."
Cassandra Saavedra, 18, a girl with a beautiful smile, was always trying to impress the other students at Lodi High. "I worried about the way I looked and was trying to fit in with the cool kids. I didn't focus on school."
By the middle of her junior year, she found herself being recommended to Liberty High School. She said they didn't want her to go but she had no choice.
"I cried the first day. I didn't know what to expect. Now I am crying again. But it is a good cry because now I have to leave."
"Liberty High School is a second chance and opportunity that I can achieve. It's a once in a lifetime feeling."
Saavedra is thankful to "Every single person, and soul in this building" for her graduating. Her biggest achievement has been geometry. "I thought I would never finish - never ever. My heart and whole body stopped with excitement when I completed it."
This has been her year. She is graduating. She has a job at Taco Bell. She has a car that she hopes will last. In the fall she will attend Delta College and transfer out. "Everything has fallen into place. It is amazing." She hopes to own something in business in the future, like her own restaurant.
Ruth Hernandez, 17, a soft spoken girl, was just handgun out with the wrong people at Tokay High School. She was not doing her homework and fell behind. She chose to attend Liberty High at the beginning of her junior year.
"It gave me a second chance. It gave me more of an opportunity to see what we can do with ourselves. If I had stayed at Tokay, I wouldn't be graduating now."
Mr. Clark has been her most influential teacher. "He has always been telling me that I could do a lot. He helped me with my communication skills."
Hernandez's favorite moment with Liberty High School was a hike at Point recess for her physical education class. "I got closer with the people at Liberty and had a chance to see things outside of town. I liked the chance to meet people I didn't know."
"I had a great experience (at Liberty High School) and thank all the teachers. I am never going to forget them or my second chance. I will come back to visit whenever I can."
Hernandez will attend Delta College in the fall and hopes to be an immigration officer.