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Los Angeles Police clash with pro-Palestinian protesters outside the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 12, 2024. The confrontation follows Pomona College’s decision to relocate their graduation ceremony due to a weeklong pro-Palestinian encampment occupying the original commencement site on campus. Demonstrators are calling for the college to sever financial ties with Israel and companies backing its actions in Gaza. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)
Los Angeles Police clash with pro-Palestinian protesters outside the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 12, 2024. The confrontation follows Pomona College’s decision to relocate their graduation ceremony due to a weeklong pro-Palestinian encampment occupying the original commencement site on campus. Demonstrators are calling for the college to sever financial ties with Israel and companies backing its actions in Gaza. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)
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The month of May brought the end of the school year, high school sports championships, graduations, and protests on campuses. Our photographers — from , , and — were there to capture it all and more. Here is a selection of our team’s top picks for the month.

  • Daniel Benson, a junior at Ayala High School, finds tranquility...

    Daniel Benson, a junior at Ayala High School, finds tranquility as he descends to the pool’s floor on Monday, May 20, 2024, in Chino Hills. Benson clinches the IE Varsity Boys Swimmer of the Year title, winning the division 2 individual championships in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)

  • Saxophone players with the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band play...

    Saxophone players with the Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band play along to various movie soundtracks during the city of Ontario’s free concert, “Music Under The Stars,” held at the Ontario Town Square on Monday, May 13, 2024. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)

  • Riverside Police Chief Larry Gonzalez, Sheriff Chad Bianco, and District...

    Riverside Police Chief Larry Gonzalez, Sheriff Chad Bianco, and District Attorney Michael A. Hestrin, stand in solemn respect during the folding of the flag at the Riverside County Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)

  • Pro-Palestinian demonstrators gather outside the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles...

    Pro-Palestinian demonstrators gather outside the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 12, 2024. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Police clash with pro-Palestinian protesters outside the Shrine...

    Los Angeles Police clash with pro-Palestinian protesters outside the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 12, 2024. The confrontation follows Pomona College’s decision to relocate their graduation ceremony due to a weeklong pro-Palestinian encampment occupying the original commencement site on campus. Demonstrators are calling for the college to sever financial ties with Israel and companies backing its actions in Gaza. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)

  • Pro-Palestinian demonstrators gather outside the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles...

    Pro-Palestinian demonstrators gather outside the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 12, 2024. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)

  • Pro-Palestinian demonstrators gather outside the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles...

    Pro-Palestinian demonstrators gather outside the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 12, 2024. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)

  • Pro-Palestinian protesters at Pomona College create signage at their encampment...

    Pro-Palestinian protesters at Pomona College create signage at their encampment on campus, expressing support for Palestinian liberation on Friday, May 10, 2024. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)

  • Chino Hills track and field standout Makena Bailey jumps a...

    Chino Hills track and field standout Makena Bailey jumps a hurdle on the school’s track on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)

  • Santa Margarita High School both boys and girls win the...

    Santa Margarita High School both boys and girls win the CIF Southern Section Division 1 swimming championships, and celebrated with jumping into the pool with coach Ron Blanc on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the Mt. San Antonio College Aquatic Center. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)

  • The Chino Hills High School team celebrates their win for...

    The Chino Hills High School team celebrates their win for the CIF Southern Section Division 5 baseball semifinal game against Chino High School on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)

  • Balloon crews inflate their hot air balloons during the night...

    Balloon crews inflate their hot air balloons during the night at the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival on Friday, May 17, 2024, in Winchester, (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)

  • Guests of the LA County Fair soar through the air...

    Guests of the LA County Fair soar through the air on one of the many rides during opening day on Friday, May 3, 2024. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)

  • Charlie Boghosian from Chicken Charlie’s, holds out his crafted hot...

    Charlie Boghosian from Chicken Charlie’s, holds out his crafted hot honey drips fried chicken and funnel cake sandwich, during the LA County Fair preview event for their upcoming food offerings on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)

  • Kaiser High School student, Zak Afutiti smiles as his leis...

    Kaiser High School student, Zak Afutiti smiles as his leis pile up around his neck after his graduation ceremony at the Toyota Arena in Ontario on Thursday, May 23, 2024. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, ɫ̳/SCNG)

  • Carmen Merihue, from Rialto, pauses as she visits the grave...

    Carmen Merihue, from Rialto, pauses as she visits the grave of her late husband U.S. Army veteran Ismael E. Merihue on Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2024 at Riverside National Cemetery. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • An Ontario firefighter hangs a large American flag for riders...

    An Ontario firefighter hangs a large American flag for riders to pass under prior to the start of the Run For The Wall at the Ontario Convention Center on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Memorial Day weekend travelers walk through Terminal 4 after arriving...

    Memorial Day weekend travelers walk through Terminal 4 after arriving at Ontario International Airport on Friday morning May 24, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • A service dog is ready to board a plane as...

    A service dog is ready to board a plane as a Memorial Day weekend traveler while their owner checks in for her flight in Terminal 4 at Ontario International Airport on Friday morning May 24, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Centennial High School graduates recognize loved ones in the crowd...

    Centennial High School graduates recognize loved ones in the crowd during the school’s 35th Commencement exercises at Toyota Arena in Ontario on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Johnathan Skinner, Director of Community Services for the city of...

    Johnathan Skinner, Director of Community Services for the city of Lake Elsinore, holds a pair of tagged bass Thursday, May 16, 2024 in preparation for Saturday’s 11th annual Dream Extreme Fishing Derby at Lake Elsinore. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Sisters Andy and Margaret Medrano stand over the vandalized grave...

    Sisters Andy and Margaret Medrano stand over the vandalized grave of their late father, John Medrano, who died from cancer at age 43 in 1993, at the city run Pioneer Memorial Cemetery in San Bernardino on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Pro-Palestinian supporters of the Pomona Divest From Apartheid extend their...

    Pro-Palestinian supporters of the Pomona Divest From Apartheid extend their fortified encampment with disassembled pieces of the planned graduation stage towards Bridges Auditorium at Pomona College in Claremont on Thursday, May 9, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • A lone security guard stands between Pro-Palestinian supporters of the...

    A lone security guard stands between Pro-Palestinian supporters of the Pomona Divest From Apartheid as they extend their fortified encampment with disassembled pieces of the planned graduation stage towards Bridges Auditorium at Pomona College in Claremont on Thursday, May 9, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • UC Riverside student Samia Alkam (seated), lead negotiator with the...

    UC Riverside student Samia Alkam (seated), lead negotiator with the UC Riverside chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, holds a signed agreement by University Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, and other college officials, to end their on campus encampment as she speaks to encampment protesters on the Riverside campus on Friday, May. 3, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Pro Palestinian protesters march peacefully across the campus of Cal...

    Pro Palestinian protesters march peacefully across the campus of Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday, May 2, 2024. Approximatiely 100 protesters took part in the rally and march. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Pro Palestinian protesters march peacefully across the campus of Cal...

    Pro Palestinian protesters march peacefully across the campus of Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday, May 2, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • A goose walks past sunbathers on a warm spring day...

    A goose walks past sunbathers on a warm spring day at Silverwood Lake on Wednesday, May. 8, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Lawn bowler Peter Ritchie, releases his bowl during the Southwest...

    Lawn bowler Peter Ritchie, releases his bowl during the Southwest Lawn Bowling Tournament at the Riverside Lawn Bowling Club at Fairmount Park in Riverside on Monday, May 6, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • A husky asks for attention as he waits to be...

    A husky asks for attention as he waits to be adopted at the San Bernardino Animal Shelter in San Bernardino on Thursday, May. 2, 2024. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Monster truck fan Elijah Hortado, 2, of Riverside sits in...

    Monster truck fan Elijah Hortado, 2, of Riverside sits in one of of the tires of Rammunition, a RAM Power Wagon monster truck, on display Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Perris Valley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Perris. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • The RAM Power Wagon monster truck Rammunition, driven by Kurt...

    The RAM Power Wagon monster truck Rammunition, driven by Kurt Kraehmer, crushes cars to the delight of fans on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Perris Valley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Perris. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Vice President of Amazon Pharmacy, John Love, left leads a...

    Vice President of Amazon Pharmacy, John Love, left leads a tour of the new Amazon pharmacy to media and local officials in Corona on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Some of the nearly 500 Ontario High School graduates are...

    Some of the nearly 500 Ontario High School graduates are silhouetted as they wait to march into the stadium for their commencement ceremony in Ontario on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Ontario High School graduates are silhouetted as they wait for...

    Ontario High School graduates are silhouetted as they wait for their commencement ceremony to begin in Ontario on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • One motor board reads, “Still Totally Clueless,” during Ontario High...

    One motor board reads, “Still Totally Clueless,” during Ontario High School’s commencement ceremony in Ontario on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Ontario High School graduates celebrate their commencement ceremony graduation in...

    Ontario High School graduates celebrate their commencement ceremony graduation in Ontario on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Ontario High School teacher and mother Donna Enriquez, left hugs...

    Ontario High School teacher and mother Donna Enriquez, left hugs her daughter Kathryn Enriquez after she received her diploma during commencement ceremony in Ontario on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Chino High School Principal John Miller snaps a photo with...

    Chino High School Principal John Miller snaps a photo with graduates after the Chino High’s commencement ceremony at Toyota Arena in Ontario on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Chino High School graduates to be Sebastian Alvarado, left and...

    Chino High School graduates to be Sebastian Alvarado, left and Nicholas Bergiadis sit and relax as fellow graduates lineup for the processional before Chino High’s commencement ceremony at Toyota Arena in Ontario on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Ontario Christian Isaac Kim #4 passes the ball against Avalon...

    Ontario Christian Isaac Kim #4 passes the ball against Avalon in the CIF Southern Section Division 7 boys volleyball championship match in Ontario on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Ontario Christian’s Simon Koontz #10 celebrates with the Championship trophy...

    Ontario Christian’s Simon Koontz #10 celebrates with the Championship trophy and the team after defeating Avalon 3-0 to win the CIF Southern Section Division 7 boys volleyball championship match in Ontario on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Sherman Oaks Notre Dame’s Hudson Spezialy serves against Murrieta Valley’s...

    Sherman Oaks Notre Dame’s Hudson Spezialy serves against Murrieta Valley’s Roberto Federici during the CIF Southern Section Division 3 boys tennis championship at the University of Redlands in Redlands on Friday, May 10, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Shoppers Nicole Kesner and daughter Sierra Kesner, 2, of Crestline...

    Shoppers Nicole Kesner and daughter Sierra Kesner, 2, of Crestline enjoy Goodwin & Son’s Market new store after the old store was destroyed by a blizzard 14 months ago. The store reopened in Crestline on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A Hemet Brush Truck 303 firefighter hoses down Magnolia Fire...

    A Hemet Brush Truck 303 firefighter hoses down Magnolia Fire hot spots near Apache Trail and Bonita Avenue as the fire burned 36.6 acres south of the Interstate 10 and the Morongo Casino in Cabazon on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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