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WWHS Class of 2021

Graduation

BOE Vice President Laura Carey hands out diplomas to graduating seniors

It is the most highly anticipated event of the year for our senior class and their families. Parents, students, and administrators alike could not have asked for a more beautiful evening to celebrate Walt Whitman’s graduates at their commencement ceremony on Friday, June 25th. 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 Dr. John Murphy.

It is hard to believe that a year ago, the format of this ceremony was drastically changed to fit coronavirus protocols, with the typical one ceremony split to span multiple days to abide by social distancing guidelines. With the recent allowance from the state, the graduation ceremony could be held all at once, allowing our graduating class to start the next chapter of their lives together.

“Being able to see all our families together gives me hope that we have turned the corner and that we are getting back to a more normal time where everyone and everything can be together the way it should be at Walt Whitman,” shared Dr. John Murphy, addressing his graduating class for the last time as high school principal. “Knowing that you have overcome so many obstacles and persevered through such dark times has given me faith that the future is bright and that these young men and women that we honor today will make sure that this nation and our world are in good hands.”

The evening ceremony resembled a sense of normalcy that the class of 2021 craved since the start of the pandemic, and they so rightfully deserved it. “We’re so lucky to be able to come back at such a vital moment in our high school careers. This past month really felt like how senior year was supposed to feel all year long, for it to end in just a few weeks,” expressed our grateful valedictorian, Jasmine Thai. “I hope that each one of you feels some sort of pride or accomplishment at what we were able to squeeze at the end of our senior year.”

“I can think of no group more appropriate to graduate with than with the class of 2021,” addressed retiring Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Dave Bennardo. “I hope and I pray that you take a piece of South Huntington pride with you into the next phase of your life. I hope you find college life incredibly rewarding and you fall in love with your new school the way this school fell in love with you.”

Thank you to the entire staff and administration at Walt Whitman for making this graduation ceremony possible. It is through their careful planning, unwavering support, and shared goal to put our students and community first that allowed this momentous occasion to take place.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021:

Adrian Adames Contreras, Sabrina Adum Hurtado, Aamir Ahmed, Anastasia Akapnitis, Vanessa Alas Castillo, Stephanie Alfaro, Carlos Alfaro Ortez, Roberto Alfaro Ortez, Iris Anariba, Angelo Andino, Ethan Anglade, Geysi Yudith Antunez Carcamo, Samantha Nicole Aranguiz, Joshua Arevalo, Amina Arif, Mahnoor Arif, Nilsen Arteaga, Harold Asencio, Zaen L. Asghar, Humza Asif, Layla Assassa, Marques Auguste, Nicoletta Bancheri, Thomas Baranowski, William J. Barraco, Alexandra Kate Bassetta, Bina Batyosef, Pedro Benitez Flores, Isabella Mae Bermudez, Logan Bermudez, Jaysson Berrios Ruiz, Emily Kate Bialoskurski, Grant Kevin Biederman, Thomas James Biryla, Noah Daniel Biton, Rudolph Blankson, Katie Rhiannon Block, Emily Boccia, Sean M. Bock, Kaylen C. Bom, Alana Bonilla, Katie Bonilla, Brayan Bonilla Diaz, Kimberly Bonilla Joya, Juan Bonilla Rodriguez, Christian Abraham Borgart, Dominic F. Bosco, Delia Jade Botta, Thomas Richard Breaton, Janaya Natasha Brown, Jordell Brown, Shannon Y. Brown, Sanai Alexis Browne, Grace M. Buckshaw, Mario Campbell, Terence Carduner, Pamela Carey, Sergio Nicholas Carrillo, Jordin Castillo, Sebastian Castillo, Tanner Cella, Dylan Cellamare, Anna Danielle Cerrito, Juan Chamorro, McKayla A. Charles, Jaquelin Chavez, Jason Chavez Ramirez, Jack Harrison Chinsky, Erin Christensen, Jake Ryan Christiansen, Cayla C. Cole, Alexander L. Coletti, Mia Coll, Carlo A. Conte Jr., Christopher Contessa, Alison S. Contreras Zavala, Jude Conway, Daniel M. Coppola, Joshua Cortes, Shannyn Cory, Mayely E. Crespo Lemus, Matthew Paul Crocco, Hannah Cruz, Oscar Cruz, Sandra Cruz, Jenna Dalimonte, Sophia Elizabeth Dalton, Tyler Jayde Daniel, Danielle DeGaray, Luis Del Carmen Diaz, Sophia Isabella Del Priore, Carissa Delcolle, Isabella Honour Delfico, Nathaly Delgado Pichazaca, Mario Della Vedova, William Denis, Emma Rose Dermody, Matthew Desmond, Ashley Di Bartolomeo, Daniel Di Leo, Jaiden Diaz, Kyle Dickson, Gina Rose Diliberti, Abby Rachel Dinstell, Jessica Doddo, Brooke Donovan, Daniel Jacob Donovan, Christopher Tyler Dorin, Jacob Dougherty, Eric Dowling, Alejandro Duarte, Maya Kelley Duclay, Carlos Echevarria, Megan Edelman, Cal Eidinoff, Manahil Ejaz, Salmaan A. Ejaz, Jabaree Antione Eleazer, Shantae Ellis, Hector Erazo Barahona, Mareena Isabella Erfan, Justin Erickson, Kurt Erthal, Olivia Morgan Evola, Isma Farooq, Douglas M. Fasciano, Ilyaas Fedaie, Justin P. Feinman, Josh Fitzpatrick, Jazmin Flores, Mario Franco Baldez, Andrew French, Devin French, Franklin Fuentes Canales, Ana Fuentes Velasquez, Sophia Justine Fyfe, Brian E. Garcia, Maria Garcia, Sindy Garcia, Derlin Garcia Arevalo, Aidan John Gardner, Aidan Garemani, Daniel Gavrielow, Devin T. Gaynor, Madonna Marie Getchell, Emily Gharabaghi, Sofia Giammichele, Jocelyne Giron, Alexander Ross Glatzle, Aidan Glidden, Justin Marc Goldberg, Elena Johara Gomez Alvarenga, Khdija Gondal, Joseph Gonzales, Cindy Gonzalez, Yulisa L. Gonzalez-Villatoro, Yenifer Gonzalez Saravia, Daniel Granados, Victor Granados Amaya, Luis A. Granados Gomez, Angely Granados Martinez, Cristhian H. Granda, Abby Grant, Joseph Andrea Grasso, Aidan Tyler Greenberg, Madison Helene Gresser, Benjamin Grondahl, Tyler Grosso, Adan Guerrero Perez, Katelyn Guevara Avila, Bradley Guiteau, Christopher Gurr, Joseph Gurr, Ruhullah Halimi, Ashlin Hanley, Simran Hans, Omari H. Harry, Kimone Harris, Ryder B. Hartman, Liana Marie Haug, Marisa Havekotte, Ashley Hernandez, Genesis Hernandez, Jason Hernandez, Bessy M. Hernandez Garcia, Jennifer Hernandez Osorio, Litzy Hernandez Romero, Magali Hernandez Sorto, Ashley Herrera, Roberto D. Hidalgo, Peter Humann, Timothy Hunter, Piper Elizabeth Huntington, Noor Zehra Hussain, Elisa Marie Hustedt, Brianna Lee Iacovone, Jayvin Infante, Anthony Aurelio Inga, Christian Xavier Intriago, Paula Itzep, Ferdawse Jalili, Frantz Jean Baptiste, Lorraine Jean-Pierre, Rafael Jimenez Avila, Matthew Jimenez Bonilla, Jalynn Jones, Fatiah Joseph, Christopher Juarez Jacome, Aaron Joseph Jurrist, Hasina Kakar, Anna Isabelle Keller, Joseph Daniel Kennedy, Matthew Kerner, Arbaz Khan, Hirra Khan, Tejasveer Singh Khera, Ryan Kiesnoski, Joshua Kimyagarov, Brendan Thomas Kispert, Timothy Klaum, Sebastian Koch, Gunnar Kraese, Daniel E. Kramer, Brooke Rose Krieger, Rebecca Anne Kurjanski, Richard A. Kurjanski, Hayden La Bella, Gil Siegler Lahoy Lahoy, Christopher Lainez, Steven Lainez Gomez, Jeremy Lanz, Alessandra Marina Lella, Shirley Leon Vasquez, Ariana Kaleah Levin, Hope Audrey Levin, Joseph Piero Libardi, Devon Linden, Jasnaya Lopez, Jefferson Joel Lopez, Julianna Lopez, Stephanie Lopez Galdamez, Fatima Lopez Montoya, Katherine Lovo Rodriguez, Ellena Fay Lunt, Kyle Lutz, Diego Machado, Karla Machado Alfaro, John Michael Maggio, Nicholas Maguire, Neamal Mahmood, Gueydi Maldonado, Keily Maldonado Espinal, Jose Maldonado Fuentes, Giavanna Rose Manganello, Jessica Mangels, Christian Magnus Manie, Christian Maradiaga Cabrera, Audrey D. Maradiaga, Yerin Marcia Buezo, Scott Edward Martin, Jenifer D. Martinez, Joel Martinez, Sophia Martinez, Christopher Vincent Martino, Dalton J. Marzigliano, Matthew Travis Masaya, Juan Mateo Galicia, Thomas Brion Matthews, Nicole Catherine Mattila, Kyle Thomas Mayer, Luis A. Mazariegos Orellana, Justice Mccarthy Delk, Jocelyn Olivia McCready, Sabrina M. Mᶜ Evoy, Micaela Mc Givney, Dana Mc Gowan, Allie Mc Laughlin, Michael Joseph McIndoo, Caitlin Rose McKenna, Vincent McMahon, Christopher William McNally, Alexa Hope Mediate, Delmi Mejia, Yoselin Melendez Gaitan, Kimberly Scarlet Melendez Sangurima, Olivia Melhado, Kaye Anne Mendez, Joseph Mendolia, Anthony Mendoza, Kevin Mendoza Molina, Davin Miles, Alexandra Miller Henson, Hunter Austin Millman, Daniel E. Monterroso, Andy Morales, Ashley Caitlin Morales, Michael Morales Discua, Blake A. Morang, Justin Moreira Flores, Richard Morel, Edsel Moreno Moreno, Jordan Moreno Quintanilla, Michelle Rose Mullin, Marvin Murgas Cazun, Chloe Murphy, Leo J. Musitano, Jack Thomas Neiland, Margaret Elizabeth Neiland, Juliana Nguyen, Alisson Nieto Reyes, Annabelle Jumee Novinski, Jack Sidney O'Loughlin, Izabella Melania Oliva, Jeir Orellana, Victor Lawrence Ottaviano, Christopher Owens, Kyle Patrick Owens, Daniella Padinha, Isabella L. Parlante, Sanjay Paul, Alexander Pazzini, Glenis Pena, Cristy Pena-Mejia, Katherine Marie Pensa, Angela Lynn Pepe, Max Hunter Peretson, Karla Perez, Kiara Perez, Thomas Perez, Rovin Perez Olivarez, Chelsea Perry, Kamiyah Person Gunter, Isabelle Philippe, Jovany Philippe, Caroline T. Phillips, Joseph Piechotta, Jakub Pipota, Antonette Pommells, Jeffrey Ponce, Jimena Ponce Giron, Saul Ponce Ulloa, Jonathan Portillo, Beineon Portmore Davies, Julia Posillico, Suzanna Kabir Pritu, Sophia D. Probst, Ryan Christopher Proce, Jolene Jossie Quiles, Patrick Joseph Martin Quinlan, Yohana Ramirez Brizuela, Cristian Ramirez Mateo, Ashley Ramirez Ulloa, Saul E. Ramos, Erbin Gabriel Regalado, Zack R. Reichhold, Cameron Rose Repetti, Willian Reyes Alfaro, Stefany Reyes Cruz, Cesar Reyes Reyes, Jose Reyes Reyes, Jonathan Patrick Rigel, Julia Rose Rinaldi, Antoni Rios, Alexia Rivera, Christian Rivera Mojica, Joseph Antonio Robert, Issac Rodriguez, John Rodriguez, Alex Jesus Rodriguez Gutierrez, Andrea Romero, Jose Romero, Sergio Romero, Brandy Romero Lino, Jennifer Rosales Alas, Lia N. Rosario Marcelino, Gabrielle Niah Rows, Madeleine Rozenveld, Shane Ruf, Ryan Rummell, Tyler Ruotolo, Stephen Ryan, Daniela Abigail Sagastizado, Wendell Saint Jean, Kristen Joelle Salas, Nicholas Salas, Fredy Salguero Morales, Sarah Veronica Samanez, Anastasia Samba, Kevin Sanchez Saravia, Kelvin Sanchez Torres, Daniela Anne Santoiemma, Vincent Vito Santoiemma, Ashley Saravia, Marvin Ceovani Saravia, Emely Saravia Ulloa, Brianna Rose Scala, Jeremy Schankin, Joseph James Scheiner, Paul Lawrence Schiller, Christopher Schindler, Benjamin Milo Schlansky, Jake Scholz, Caroline Mary Schrama, Zoe Marie Schwandtner, Christopher Scortichini, Louidji Seizeme, Joseph Shafaq, Aarav Shah, Rena Shapiro, Michael Shef, Sophia N. Sieli, Eliana Miranda Simanoff, Olivia Mae Simpson, Deshawn A. Small, Paul Joseph Smitelli, Daniel Smith, Amanda M. Smuss, Erij Sohail, Colin J. Sorce, Jeremyah St Croix, Sean A. Stasko, Jenna Lynn Stockfeder, Faith Marie Stone, Ethan Storey, Jesse Strenger-Skolnik, Thomas Brian Swanson, Adam Tabibzada, Logan Phillip Tenner, Emily Lynne Teplansky, Jasmine Ellen Thai, Alexa S. Toledo Ambriz, Amanda Trifon, Stephan Tsolis, Lincy Tum Bran, Shannon D. Turner, Jeremias Ulloa Franco, Briana Umana Moran, Luisa Valencia Castaneda, Roberto Rocco Vanacore, Elias Vargas, Diego Vasquez Castellon, Maximo A. Vasquez Funes, Jacob Samuel Veeder, Edgardo Velasquez, Kenia Velasquez, Yasly Estelina Velasquez, Edwin Veliz Marroquin, Heidi Vigil, Andrea A. Vigil Morales, Chelsey Villatoro Alfaro, Carlos Villatoro Flores, Elsis Villatoro Madrid, Julianna Nicole Villella, Luis Vilorio, Victor Vilorio Ortega, Michael Vitoria, Bryce Vorbach, Riley E. Wagner, Aidan John Wallace, Aniyah Simone Walters, Jaden N. Wedner, Grace Weigele, Liam Weigele, Jeremiah T. Wharton, Brianna Whelan, Brianna Francine White, Alexa Wilbrecht, Kortney J. Wilkerson Ferguson, John Williams, Samaya Williams, Ashley Winch, Maximilian S. Yaeger, Alvin Yam, David Yanes Avila, Alice Yanes Ortiz, Rodinson Yanes Raymundo, Adam Yosofi, Janat Zafar, and Demitra Nichole Zolotas.

Photo Gallery

Recording of the Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony

Graduating senior, Pamela Carey, begins the evening's ceremony with the singing of our nation's national anthem.

"I wish everyone happiness, good health, and great success in life," wished valedictorian, Jasmine Thai. "I hope that if any lessons were to be learned from the past 14 months, and the past 12 years in school, it would be that we have to take every chance that we have and to make the most of our time in the present.”

Salutatorian Grace Buckshaw excitedly addressed her classmates, happy to celebrate their collective accomplishments as they overcame over a year's worth of obstacles together.

Dr. John Murphy gives an emotional speech to his graduating students and their families for the last time as Walt Whitman's principal.

Senior class president, Jake Christiansen, shared advice to his fellow classmates, saying “Be the person to hold the door for others. Give compliments when you see something you like. Don’t hold back on anything that could possibly brighten somebody’s day, because you don’t know how much it could truly mean to them or help them through. Strive not to be well known but strive to be worth knowing.”

“Savor this chapter of your life and reflect on your time in South Huntington, both the memories you made and the relationships you’ve built," encouraged BOE President, Nicholas Ciappetta. "Please remember, wherever life takes you, you will always be a wildcat and South Huntington will always be your home."

"We all know that the men and women that will cross this stage have had anything but a typical high school experience," expressed retiring Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Dave Bennardo. "Somehow through it all, you kept your eyes focused on the responsibilities, stretched your arm out to those in need, and you kept a little place in your heart for hope and a big place for a lot of love."

Principal John Murphy congratulates each of his students as they cross the stage to receive their diplomas.

Whitman's newest graduates don their personalized caps in their ceremonial gowns.

Congratulations graduates!

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