H-SANTA MARIA

Aug 16, 2013 5:46 PM by April Hansen, KSBY

SM High School celebrates March of the Saints

It was the March of the Saints at Santa Maria High School.

Hundreds of alumni were invited back on campus to share their experiences in college and professional careers and talk to students about how clubs and sports can help them reach their goals.

"I just think it's great for everyone to have an opportunity to see what colleges and what scholarships and what clubs there are in our wonderful high school," said sophomore Stephanie Fernandez.

Fernandez loves band.

She plans on going to college to pursue her dream in music.

"You meet new people and you actually have a life," said Fernandez.

To help other students find their passion, Santa Maria High School brings in graduates who have been in their shoes.

"It was always just a dream of mine and when I got accepted I really hopped on and I knew it was going to be a great time," said Santa Maria High School graduate Tommy Reyes.

Reyes plays in the marching band at UCLA and says he's proud of how he reached his goal.

"Some of the best four years of my life were here at Santa Maria High School," said Reyes.

Principal Joe Domingues says having school pride will help his students be successful.

"There are alumni going off, doing great things," said Principal Domingues.

Principal Domingues says one of his goals is to get 90% of his freshman class in a club or a sport.

He says it gives students the opportunity to show their school pride

"We're driving our students, especially our freshman class, that we are going to get you to this level. You need to meet that expectation of these professionals and so hopefully what it does is set that expectation," said Principal Domingues.

Principal Domingues hopes they can make this an annual event and a tradition to help students reconnect with alumni.

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