Inspiring Stories of Ventura County's 2024 High School Graduates

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DrCésarMorales-cr-smThey started high school in their bedrooms and at kitchen tables in front of computers, taking classes over Zoom. They’re coming of age at a time when our nation is politically divided, our world is facing war and unrest, and artificial intelligence is rewriting the rules of education and work. But the students graduating from Ventura County high schools in 2024 are not deterred. They’re facing the future with a sense of optimism that will take them far as they enter the next stage of their lives. 

c24w-v2In our annual graduation edition of Focus on Education, I’m excited to introduce you to just a few of these remarkable graduates. Their achievements and perseverance are an inspiring reminder that we’ll be in good hands as a new generation becomes tomorrow’s leaders. It’s also evidence of the amazing job that local public school educators are doing for students. From academics to sports to extracurricular activities, our public schools have given the Class of 2024 tremendous opportunities to learn and grow and prepare for all that’s yet to come. 

Dr. César Morales
Ventura County Superintendent of Schools


  • Ramon Moreno Jr. & Emily Bryant - Thousand Oaks High School

    Science Superstars Shine on the National Stage

  • Marlen Oviedo - Channel Islands High School

    Program for Migrant Students Changed Her Life

  • Danny Smiley - Ventura High School

    Princeton-Bound Grad Wrote the Book on High School

  • Flor Rivas - Fillmore High School

    Her Journey from Failing Student to College-Bound Prom Queen 

  • Ricardo Vasquez - Gateway Community School

    A Troubled Past Won’t Define the Future for this Motivated Grad