Walt Whitman Class of 2019 Graduation

As a tradition, graduating seniors decorate their caps as a final form of self-expression to be worn as they receive their well earned and deserved diplomas.
As a tradition, graduating seniors decorate their caps as a final form of self-expression to be worn as they receive their well earned and deserved diplomas.
“Whitman facilitated me to grow and fostered a significant transformation of my character. I didn’t feel obligated to but rather, inspired to reach outside of my comfort zone and find ways to be a unique thinker and distinctive person overall, instead of just another brick in an institutional wall.” – Salutatorian Shaan Khan
“Whitman facilitated me to grow and fostered a significant transformation of my character. I didn’t feel obligated to but rather, inspired to reach outside of my comfort zone and find ways to be a unique thinker and distinctive person overall, instead of just another brick in an institutional wall.” – Salutatorian Shaan Khan
“Like many of you, I’ve learned it’s not always the people you are friends with that change you. But it’s about the people who you didn’t realize impacted you who often helped you become a better version of yourself,” Senior class President Jacqueline Thomann said as she addressed her classmates. “The memories you didn’t even realize you were making while in the moment, shape you. I think sometimes, we forget to embrace the moments we have together. We, including myself, look so far into the future because that is what we’ve been taught. But sometimes we need to stop and take in the moment to appreciate it.”
“Like many of you, I’ve learned it’s not always the people you are friends with that change you. But it’s about the people who you didn’t realize impacted you who often helped you become a better version of yourself,” Senior class President Jacqueline Thomann said as she addressed her classmates. “The memories you didn’t even realize you were making while in the moment, shape you. I think sometimes, we forget to embrace the moments we have together. We, including myself, look so far into the future because that is what we’ve been taught. But sometimes we need to stop and take in the moment to appreciate it.”
“I’ve pushed myself while taking full advantage of the resources that the South Huntington schools and the community offered me. Including diversity, incredibly understanding teachers, valuable academic help, activities to experiment with and taking calculated risks and a great languages atmosphere, as I learned English and Spanish while maintaining my own native language,” Shared Valedictorian Ashar Farooq to his fellow graduates. “My story is your story, a story of vision and pure hard work.
“I’ve pushed myself while taking full advantage of the resources that the South Huntington schools and the community offered me. Including diversity, incredibly understanding teachers, valuable academic help, activities to experiment with and taking calculated risks and a great languages atmosphere, as I learned English and Spanish while maintaining my own native language,” Shared Valedictorian Ashar Farooq to his fellow graduates. “My story is your story, a story of vision and pure hard work."
“I hope in my heart that you take a piece of South Huntington pride with you into the next phase of your life. I hope you find college life rewarding and you fall in love with your new school the way we love you,” Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo expressed to the Class of 2019. “Our community and our nation are a far better place because of you and because of the parents that love you.”
“I hope in my heart that you take a piece of South Huntington pride with you into the next phase of your life. I hope you find college life rewarding and you fall in love with your new school the way we love you,” Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo expressed to the Class of 2019. “Our community and our nation are a far better place because of you and because of the parents that love you.”
Holding on and letting go, this district employee presents her son with his diploma and a warm embrace.
Holding on and letting go, this district employee presents her son with his diploma and a warm embrace.

It was a warm and sunny morning as our graduates took their last steps onto Whitman’s turf field as high school seniors. With impending rain on its way, the morning’s ceremonies were pushed an hour earlier, moving commencement to 9am. The sun stayed high in the sky as our 437 seniors found their seats on the field with family and friends already cheering from the stands, waving with excitement and trying to stay cool. 
Emceed by Assistant Principal Jonathan Varlamos, students, guests, and family members heard from Board of Education President Nicholas Ciappetta, District Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo, and Whitman Principal John Murphy. The two-hour ceremony featured Whitman’s Senior Class President Jacqueline Thomann, Salutatorian Shaan Khan, and Valedictorian Ashar Farooq, who each addressed their 2019 senior classmates, marking this new chapter in their young lives and encouraging one another to enjoy each moment as they come. The ceremony also included the Walt Whitman Symphony Orchestra, led by Mr. Matt Hoffman, ushering the seniors in and out of the ceremony.
“They are a class unrivaled by others, exceeding all expectations. They are academics, athletes, artists and entrepreneurs. The Class of 2019 has truly been a remarkable class in all endeavors. I may be a little biased in my opinion, being that we started our journey at Whitman together. Like a proud parent, I’ve been able to watch them grow into the young men and women we see today.” – Whitman Principal John Murphy

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Congratulations to Walt Whitman High School’s Class of 2019: Rolando David Adamovicz, Robert John Adomaites, Erica Aguilar, Ismaeel Ahmad, Carson Albitz, Jasmine M. Alfaro Abarca, Nicole Algierie, Nicolas O.A. Allain, Henry A. Alvarado, Dina Alvarenga, Jimmy Alvarez, Sabrina Alvarez, Lemar Amin, Nadera Andrews, Daniel Anest, Chloe Ann Apostle, Isabel Aquilino, Beyonce Argenzio, Ezzah Asad, Taha Asad, Haseeb Asif, Musa S. Assassa, Andrew Avila, Jonathan G. Aziz, Robert William Bancheri Jr., Glenda Elizabeth Barahona, Michael Baranowski, Ashley Maria Barker, Nicholas Barthold, Benjamin Milo Barton, Mabel Bassi, Rodney Beaubrun, Eric C. Bell, Ronald Benavides, Christian Benitez, Veronica Benitez, Carmen Benitez Reyes, Matthew V. Bertone, Michael Bishop, Timothy Boccia, James Patrick Bock, Cassandra R. Bonilla, Olivia Anne Bonomo, Andrew Joseph Borges, Anthony John Bosco, Jessica Boyle, Mariah Boyle, Thomas Braglia, Mondell Brandon, Cosette Brazeau, Zoey Brown, Alexa Brunetti, Dylan M. Cambria, Bryant Campos, David Antonio Campos Trejos, Rosmeri Emely Campos Navarro, Mariela A. Canales, Joanna Canigiani, Jaycee Cardoso, Jake Rodolfo Cartisano, Victoria Lynn Cassellia, Jenna C. Castanza, Nikolas Thomas Cerrito, Muhammad Chaudhry, Estefany Chavez Chavez, Ellian Chavez Granados, Edgar Chavez Membreno, Yunior Chavez Moreira, Tsz Yau Cheng, Alyssa Marie Chillemi, Fernando Chinchilla Cantaderio, Julia Chiusano, Sarah Choudhary, Ahnaf Choudhury, Grant Neil Christensen, Alyssa Marie Christiansen, Raymond Cisneros, Genesis Cisneros Rivas, Kathya Cisneros Rivas, Efrain Citle Palestino, Britney Clarke, Ezequiel Clase, Marlon E. Colato, Stephen James Coleman, Carl C. Constable Jr., Yennifer Contreras Hernandez, Christopher J. Corallo, Edward A. Cortes, Anthony Costantino III, Thomas M. Costas III, Lourdes Karina Coto, Jack Philip Cox, Christian Creegan, Lleczi Izbec Cruz, Chris A. Cruz Lopez, Karla Cuellar Alas, Brian Charles Cullen, Daniel R. Curtin, Grace Rose D' Souza, Jarrett Craig Dalimonte, Salvatore Dalli, Elena Kay Davis, Jayleene De La Cruz, Elizabeth Ariel DeMartino, Gregory D. De Rosa, Alexandra C. DeGaray, Jason Paul Devaraj, Alfonso Di Filippo, Joseph Di Giovanni, Elijah Diaz, Jeysen Diaz Garay, Netsanet Suzzane Dinehart, Tiffany Dominguez, Wilmer Dominguez Funez, Richard Eric Dreusike, Jennifer Anne Duclay, John Dugan, Benjamin R. Dunn, Erin Marie Eaches, Neda Ebad, Deja Ebalarosa Colon, Katelyn Rose Erthal, Erick Escalante Valladares, Gabriela Marie Escamilla, Dominick Esposito, Gustavo Esquivel Ochoa, Sebastian Estevez, AB Estrada, Ashar Farooq, Emma Linden Farrell, Andrew Ferreri, Sarah Ann Fink, Maxwell Bayer Fisher, Kevin Flores, Luis Flores, Gabriela B. Flores Benavidez, Jason Florvil, Diana Flowers, Brianna E. Flythe, Didrianna Foreman, Angela Frazzitta, Kimberly Fuentes, Justin, Robert Furey, Hector Galdamez, Brianna Garcia, Dina A. Garcia, Joseline Garcia, Kathie Garcia, Kevin Alexander Garcia, Pablo Garcia, Cristian A. Garrido, Anna T. Garziano, Marilyn Gaspard, Rebecca Gwenaëlle Geneus, Olivia Angela Giarratano, Frank Vito Giarrizzo, Casey O'Hara Gilmartin, Zachary James Glidden, Eleni Rose Glodowski, Sergio Gomez, Rabia Gondal, Jamalis Gonzalez, Olivia Nicole Gorecki, Katherine Gotard, David Grajales, Amanda Kate Grennan, Timothy Gudaitis, Jonathan Guevara, Zoey I. Guiliano, Caroline Gurr, Carlos Guzman Quintanilla, Asma Halimi, Emma R. Halliday, Hailey Ann Hamilton, Phoenix R. Hamilton, Ianna Lanae Hankinson, Charles Hardwick, Roy Harel, Andrew Thomas Harrigan, Joseph Harris, Jasmine Li Haug, Kamrin Matthew Haynes, Sarah Caitlin Heath, Ethan Heather, Danielle Mary Henneborn, David Henriquez Martinez, Joselin Alicia Hernandez, Victor Hernandez, Fernando Hernandez Osorio, Denis Herrera, Leslie Hidalgo, Anthony T. Hughes, Ethan W. Iannuzzi, Justin T. Ibrahim, Gianni Inglese, Anthony Iraheta Bautista, Meghan G. Italo, Jaquelinne M. Jaco Garay, Wendley Jean Baptiste, Jose L. Jerome, Keyri Jimenez Rubio, Tamyia Jordan, Damaris Jovel Ordonez, Jessica Joy, Laurette Joyce, Orzeeta Kamal, Kathryn Kayne, Parker James Keller, Aaliyah Khan, Shaan Khan, Tina Khoshkehpazi, Amna Ahmad Khwaja, Paul J. Kim, Desiree Anne Kleberg, Danielle Nicole Kleet, Marianna M. Kliampas, Ashley Nicole Koch, Joelle R. Koutsantanou, Meghan Kramer, Alexa Paige Krieger, Rebecca Catherine LaManna, Matthew Lauria, Jennifer Carolina Lazo, Alexander Leon, Stephen D. Lettis, Karina Z. Lew, Joseph W. Lewin, Jackson Lin, George W. Link IV, Keshawn Long, Kaitty Lopez, Stephen Paul Louca, Jack Louisjuste, Tamara Lucas Macdonald, Joseph Charles Magrane, Salman Majid, Nina Marie Manganello, Aleeza Marghub, Stephanie Taylor Martin, Cole Marzigliano, Jessica M. Mason, Anthony Matos, Kyle Mattila, Sofia Mauro, Victoria Mayer, Kayleigh Mc Ardle, Kaitlin Jenna McCann, Gavin William Mc Cready, Shawn Patrick McDonagh, Nolan Mc Intosh, Kevin James Mc Kenna, Franklin Mejia Guevara, Ebony Melvey, Jerry Mendez Ramos, Reyha Mete, Gessell Michimani Totolhua, Marques Midgett Cheek, Joseph Milankovic, Joseph Miraglia, Saul Molina Vasquez, Mike C. Monares, Brandon Monegro, Anna Elizabeth Monteforte, Leonardo D. Montoya Garcia, Karen N. Morales Moreno, Tania Moreira Caicedo, Edgardo A. Moreno, Jason Moreno Quintanilla, Alyssa Morisco, Michael M. Morra, Chloe Meredith Morris, Maxwell Schultz Morris, Sierra L. Morrison, Kevin Laurence Morrissey, Wilmer Munoz , Odany Munoz Rodriguez, Hasna Sophia Naseer, Kyle Navarro, Melanie Elizabeth Navarro, Julia Nerzig, Megan Lynn Neuman, Nicholas Nicholson, Edward Nitkewicz, Charles Nostrand, Quinn Michael O'Hara, Samantha Jean O'Toole, Anthony Ohr, Jason Olivares Cardona, Emily G. Oliveau, Rebecca Lynn Oltedal, Jefferson L. Orellana, Roxana Ivett Orellana, Josefina L. Osorio, Justin Otero Savage, Ryan J. Owens, Kevin Paiz, Thomas Palladino, Anthony Junior Paredes Trujillo, Man Patel, Kalina Pedigo-Bonilla, Skylar P. Pekarek, Keyla Jailene Perez, Abner Perez Flores, Nuvia Estrella Perez , Angelo Perez Galdamez, Erick Jordan Perez Hernández, Jesela Perez Santos, Kristian Perka, Leila Perry, Zion Pierre, Lucas Pigno, Neha Pillai, Jeremy Pineda, Riley Anne Piromalli, Kevin Polio, John Edward Poplawski, Luis Portillo, Niccolas Portillo, Rosa Marcela Portillo, Robert Gaetano Posillico, Olivia Anna Pulvirenti, Darwin Quintanilla, Yenifer Quintanilla, Edwin Quintanilla Calderon, Jason Quintanilla Cordova, Yenifer Quintanilla Yanes, Ibrahim Raja, Rachel Ramos, Jissel Ramos Vasquez, Rocio Ramos Vásquez, Andrew Ramsland, Hailey Elizabeth Rankel, Sean David Rankel, Vishal Rattu, Diego Alejandro Rauda Rivas, Liam Noel Rea, Mary E. Reciniello, Gerson Daniel Recinos Romero, Dylan T. Rehman, Sean P. Rehman, Michael William Restmeyer, Luis Reyes, René Gabriel Reyes, Jose Reyes Alvarez, Leydes T. Reyes, Megan Margaret Richter, Ruth X. Rise, Timothy Jacob Rise, Cheelsy Rivas, Mariana Rivas, Jonatan Rivera, Joseph Robinson, Anne Elizabeth Rodriguez, Nina Hope Rodriguez, Grace Catherine Roiland, Melissa Romano, Mayerin Rosales, Jayda Clara Rosene, Johana M. Rovira, Ariana Ruiz, Jared Runco, Gabrielle Paige Safian, Jessica Safran, Benjamin Franklin Saks, Yamilex Salamanca Lopez, Justin Robert Salas, Saniya Saleem, Joshua Kyle Salvador, Kelly Sanchez, Willy Giezi Sanchez, Natalia Sandoval, Cooper S. Sanquini, Joseph T. Sansotta, Haylin R. Santos Sanchez, Katerina Scholz, Anna T. Scortichini, Natasha K. Scott, Raj J. Shah, Keara Shea, Zachary Reed Slansky, Sean Smith, Liliana Janet Soares, Imman Sohail, John Carlo Solano, Sara Solano, Samantha Eileen Sorensen, Jason O. 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