Hart’s Class of ’21: ‘Everyone … knows we’re ready’

2021 graduating senior Nadia Diaz performs the national anthem in sign language during the Hart High Graduation ceremony held at College of the Canyons on Friday, 052821. Dan Watson/the Signal
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Donned in their traditional red and black school colors, Hart High School’s Class of 2021 celebrated graduation together Friday.

In a ceremony held at its usual location on the College of the Canyons football field, Hart families cheered from the stands and students waved to their parents once they spotted them in their assigned section.

Of the 475 Hart graduates this year, 130 graduated as honors scholars. Their most common schools of choice were University of California, Los Angeles, Grand Canyon University, Brigham Young University and Boise State University.

Danika Albertson, right, uses crutches to walk the 2021 Hart High graduating class during the Hart High Graduation ceremony held at College of the Canyons on Friday, 052821. Dan Watson/the Signal

During his final address to the class, Hart Principal Jason d’Autremont joked about how students’ entertainment options changed this past year, from participating in family game night instead of going to a school dance, or binging Netflix instead of going to a football game on a Friday night.

But d’Autremont said despite the fact that they might’ve had fewer options in 2020, the ability to make wise choices had been instilled in the students over their last four years at Hart — and their ability to choose wisely will open up doors for them.

“I can guarantee you that you will have many more obstacle courses ahead of you in the coming years,” said d’Autremont. “It is how well you navigate those courses, and in what manner of what you do so, that will define you.”

2021 graduate Olivia Lopez waves to the crowd after receiving her diploma during the Hart High Graduation ceremony held at College of the Canyons on Friday, 052821. Dan Watson/the Signal

Class speaker Kyla Jones built on what her principal said regarding the confidence Hart students should have based on the tools they were taught while on campus, saying they won’t tread water upon entering the next chapter, but rather they “learned how to sail.”

“In the future, the skills we learned together, how to cope, how to grieve and ultimately how to live, will not only keep us afloat, but also help us to thrive,” said Jones. “I mean, we’ve been in a constant state of change since the beginning. Adulthood is just the next step.”

Family and friends in the stand celebrate being able to attend the Hart High Graduation ceremony in person at College of the Canyons on Friday, 052821. Dan Watson/the Signal

Hart’s first class speaker, Zoe Titus, built on another theme laid out by her principal, telling her fellow classmates that regardless of what they choose to do after an extremely challenging year, it will be their choice.

“If you don’t feel prepared and you feel scared, just look around you — we all are,” said Titus. “But if you turn your heads over to our teachers, our administration, our coaches, our amazing supervisors and staff, and all of our devoted, loving parents, and look at their faces, you can tell they’re all smiling under those masks.”

“We aren’t alone and we’re supported, and everyone around us knows that we’re ready,” she added. “So go on and make an impact, Class of 2021.”

Daniel Montanez wears his decorated cap during the Hart High Graduation ceremony held at College of the Canyons on Friday, 052821. Dan Watson/the Signal
Alyssa Aguiar sings “Daylight” from Maroon 5 during the Hart High Graduation ceremony held at College of the Canyons on Friday, 052821. Dan Watson/the Signal
Family members in the stands cheer for graduating senior Alyssa Hamilton during the Hart High Graduation ceremony held at College of the Canyons on Friday, 052821. Dan Watson/the Signal
2021 graduate Ella Forgrave waves to the crowd after receiving her diploma during the Hart High Graduation ceremony held at College of the Canyons on Friday, 052821. Dan Watson/the Signal

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