Stevi Cicero knows exactly where she wants to see herself in 10 years. And getting there will not be a problem.
Cicero, 17, plans to be working as manager in a big corporation on the West Coast. She is not sure which one, but she is all about being able to help others and make sure that things run smoothly.
The student speaker for Liberty High School's graduating Class of 2012 is described by administrators and staff members at her school as someone "you will fall in love with instantly," and with her big smile and bubbly personality, it is not hard to see why Cicero is so well-liked.
At the graduation ceremony, it was not hard to find her parents, father Ron Cicero and mother Dana Batterton, beaming in the audience with family and friends.
Cicero has come a long way in a year.
Going into her senior year, Cicero said she was 60 units shy of being able to graduate. She blushed when she said she did not pay attention much in classes, and that school was not necessarily a top priority.
But everything changed when she went to Liberty High School. She fell in love with learning and actually completed all her units early, and she will be heading to Modesto Junior College in the fall.
She wants to get a Bachelor of Arts in business operations and accounting and go on to a corporate career.
"Graduating is a huge weight off my shoulders," she said. "It feels great."
When asked what the message is for her fellow graduates, Cicero smiled.
Her speech is not be about her, or her accomplishments, she said, because graduation was not about her.
"I brought in everybody in my speech, because I wanted to talk about what 12 years of school really brings to you," she said. "(The speech) is about the ability to tell yourself you can do it, even if it seems impossible."
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