A Final Farewell to the Class of 2018

Time flies when you are having fun — or when you’re just in high school. It seems like only yesterday that a new group of 9th graders descended upon the Fairmont Preparatory Academy campus to begin their high school careers. And yet, last Thursday, that “new” group of students concluded their time at Fairmont with the Class of 2018 graduation ceremony. Seniors came in their graduation gowns, surrounded by family and friends, all joined together to celebrate not only the accomplishment of completing high school but also of successes yet to come.

Then there are those moments when it feels more “real.” When “Pomp and Circumstance” begins to play, when the valedictorian gives his or her speech, and ultimately when the students’ names are called, and they walk across the stage and are handed their diplomas. What a great moment for each student and his or her family members to see that accomplishment.

Headmaster Bobby Mendoza encouraged the students to continue to use their grit out there as they head off to college and beyond. There is no question that many of our students have a great amount of talent and natural ability, yet Mr. Mendoza hit on the thing that really sets Fairmont students apart, and that is that grit and determination to do well in all aspects of their lives. He also helped to remind them that not all things will come easily and that one of the best predictors of success is how students rebound from missteps in their lives.

The Class of 2018 was also the first graduating class of students who have completed four years of the International Business Program. The experiences that this cohort of students has had from speakers, field trips, internships, and — of course — classes have set them up perfectly for undergraduate business programs.

But the real joy comes at the end of the ceremony as the students toss their mortarboards into the air and realize that their time at Fairmont has really concluded. It is a mix of relief, amazement, and an understanding that this part is all over. Family and friends line up for the first picture of the recent graduate, smiles all around. Students grab friends for group photos as teachers wander by to offer their congratulations. It’s the most bittersweet moment at Fairmont as we both celebrate and reflect upon that graduating class.

We then take in the quiet moments of the summer and get ready to do it all again. We are eager to welcome the Class of 2022 to campus and prepare to say goodbye to the Class of 2019. We hope that all of our students and their families take these moments to reconnect, recharge, and recommit themselves to demonstrating that grit that Mr. Mendoza spoke of earlier.

Watch the Class of 2018 graduate on YouTube or download it on Vimeo!

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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”