Gowned in forest green for the boys and Notre Dame gold for the girls, the 132 members of St. Monica Catholic High School’s Class of 2006 collected their diplomas Thursday, June 1st, in a ceremony at Loyola Marymount University’s Gersten Pavilion.

In the fall, most of the graduates, who numbered 77 girls and 55 boys, will head to 39 area and state colleges and universities, including UCLA and UC Berkeley, and other institutions of higher learning around the U.S.

After a post-graduation reception at LMU attended by parents, school staff, and friends, the graduates headed off by bus to Grad Night at Disneyland for a night of free theme park rides and music.

Mackenzie Weinger was honored as class valedictorian.

She compiled a 4.6 weighted grade point average and will attend University of California, Santa Barbara on a Regents Scholarship.

David Lockwood was honored as the salutatorian and will attend California State University at Long Beach.

Alison Cardenas, who compiled a 4.39 weighted grade point average, won the Sister Cheryl Milner Scholarship.

Cardenas also won the National Merit Scholar Commendation and shares the College Board National Hispanic Recognition award with Amanda Belotto.

Cardenas will attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. on a $35,000 scholarship and with other funding she won for academic excellence.

The Archdiocesan Christian Service Award went to Christina Johnstone, who will attend the University of San Diego.