IN PICTURES: 80 students graduate from Sato Academy of Math and Science

Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science held its graduation ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the campus.

A total of 80 students walked the stage to collect diplomas, and nine valedictorians were honored: Jennise Alfaro, Juan Antonio Estevez-de la Riva, Jayce Michael Ferris, Noah Alan Gregory, Lily Giangtien Huynh, Tobias Anthony McIntosh, Aliyah Zerlina Nevarez, Elisabeth Rose Rossbach, and Safa Saeed.

Another 30 seniors graduated with high honors, meaning they earned a 4.0 GPA or higher.

The school offered various awards to their highest achieving students, all of whom are on either a biomedical sciences or engineering pathway.

Narik Herrera Hernandez, was awarded Sato’s newest award, the Eunice Sato Perseverance Award and Scholarship, following the death of Eunice Sato, Long Beach’s first female mayor and first Asian mayor.

Sato Academy of Math and Science graduates Keoni Bederio,left, and Diego Lockyer make some adjustments before the Sato Academy of Math and Science commencement ceremony, on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, on campus. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Friends and family of Sato Academy of Math and Science graduates line up for the school’s commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Sato Academy of Math and Science graduates Jullyna Heang,left, and Sasha Rodriguez take a selfie before the Sato Academy of Math and Science commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Ezekiel Ruano, one of 80 graduates Wednesday, June 9, 2021, of Sato Academy of Math and Science, spent 100 hours painting his shoes, for the ceremony, he said. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Sato Academy of Math and Science graduate Jillian Mueller-Dombois dons a cap and crown during the Sato Academy of Math and Science commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Sato Academy of Math and Science graduates walk during the school’s commencement ceremony held on campus on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Friends and family document Sato Academy of Math and Science graduates as they walk during the commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Sato Academy of Math and Science graduates walk during the commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Sato Academy of Math and Science graduate Narik Hernandez plays the National Anthem. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Sato Academy of Math and Science graduates during the school’s commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Sato Academy of Math and Science graduate Samuel Duong plays Liebestraum No. 3 during the school’s commencement ceremony. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Sato Academy of Math and Science graduate Colby Vu cheers on his friends. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Sato Academy of Math and Science graduate Obiora Okeke speaks during the school’s commencement ceremony. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Sato Academy of Math and Science graduate Iris Soto decorated her graduation cap with a message of hope during the school’s commencement ceremony. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Sato Academy of Math and Science graduate Elizabeth Rossbach receives her diploma from Principal Veronica Colman, left, during the school’s commencement ceremony. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Sato Academy of Math and Science graduate Nathan Rodriguez after receiving his diploma. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Sato Academy of Math and Science graduates celebrates during the school’s commencement ceremony, held on campus in Long Beach. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Sato Academy of Math and Science graduates gather with friends and family after the school’s commencement ceremony. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Sato Academy of Math and Science graduate Tony Pineda is lifted in the air by his uncle, Daniel Guerrero, after Tony after received his diploma, at the school’s commencement ceremony. Photo by Stephen Carr.

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