Spotlight on the WWHS
90th Commencement Ceremonies

WWHS Graduates make their way down the turf field.

This year’s 90th Commencement Ceremony proved to be a challenging one among the many other traditions that had to be altered due to the current pandemic. With months of planning to create a socially distant, yet appropriate and meaningful in-person commencement ceremony for our Seniors, the plan to give our graduates a memorable send-off made the beautiful July weekend a worthwhile and personable experience. Whitman Seniors, along with their two very proud attendees, were invited to one of eight sessions for an abridged graduation ceremony on Whitman’s turf field. Parents, friends and family members followed the set social distancing guidelines and found their assigned seats effortlessly while their graduates prepared to walk across the stage to enter into the next chapter of their lives.

“Thank you to John Murphy, Jon Varlamos, Scott Muller, Corey Blair, Jose Castillo, and Kendall Richards for organizing a wonderful series of graduation ceremonies. The high school team went above and beyond expectations and the results were outstanding,” shared Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo with much appreciation. Thanks to the administration, department chairpersons, custodial, and security staff, the plan to provide an unforgettable and safe graduation truly honored the hard work of our 2020 graduates.

While the ceremonies were unlike any in years past, the spirit and significance of this event remained strong. There is no doubt that the Class of 2020 holds a unique skill set from experiencing their final year of high school during a worldwide pandemic. Their resilience and strength is admirable in such times of adversity and their positive attitudes and patience go beyond what anyone could imagine. We are proud of your collective accomplishments and look forward to witnessing your bright futures unfold! Congratulations, Graduates!!

SENIOR CLASS 2020

Valedictorian ................................................................. Stephen E. Verderame

Salutatorian ................................................................... Stephen S. Hong

Garrett Aadal, Carmela Abbatiello, +*Heather Abbene, *Isabella Rose Adamovicz, Brandon Aguilar, Kelvin Alexander Aguilar, Miriam Ahmad, +Huzaifa Ahmed, *Emely M. Alfaro Benitez, *Aleena Ali, Michael Aloisi, *Priscilla Alonzo, Paola Alvarado, J Kelly Alvarado Rivera, Sindy Vanessa Alvarez Garay, Jennifer Alvarez Giron, Nelson Alvarez Rodriguez, J Emmanuel Anglade, +*Elman Aparicio, Karla Aparicio, Ashley Apaza Chacon, Melvin Arevalo Espinal, Aryanna Argenzio, Nancy Argueta Hernandez, +Nicholas Grant Arthur, Lincoln Artrey, Sami Asif, *Zainab Asif,  Sarah Ann Genevieve Astegher, Andrew Avila, Ana Avila Velasquez, *Yagmur Aykanat, Wali Azhar, Aidan M. Aziz, +*Edward Von Backer, Olivia Ruth Bamberger, Owen G. Banting, Aaliaha C. Barnes, Jeffrey Patrick Barone, Richard Joseph Barone, *Gerardo J. Barraza, Jesse Beach, Salvatore Belfiore, Joshua Bellamy, Daniel Fernando Beltran, Josselyn Beltran Pineda, +Emilija Bernatonyte, Michelle Adamaris Berrios, Bradley Kenneth Blaney, +*Nathan J. Blank, +Nina Blankson, +Shawna L. Bonilavri, +*Isabella Mattea Bonvicin, *Christopher Ryan Borges, Gregory Marcos Borysowski, Matthew Bradbury, +*Jack T. Brady, Julia Rose Branis, Luke Brennan, +*Patrick William Bresnan, Andrew Brown, Armani Eric Brown, Matthew Makoto Brown, Tara Browning, Javyon M. Bryan, J Francis Bueno, Victoria A. Bueso, Joshua M. Bukoski, Brandon Caceres, *Ryan John Cajowski, +*Matthew F. Calandra, *Yadira Calderon Castro, Michael D. Callaghan, +*Jordan Ashley Campanelli, Christine A.S. Campbell, + *Annelise H. Campo, Guillermo Campos, Ruth Campos Chavez, Darwin E. Campos Moreira, Ever Campos Saravia, lzabella L. Canales, Marc Canales, Dennis A. Canales Mejia, B +*Samantha Lorraine Carey, Tyrell Carpenter,  Tyrese Carpenter, + *Jessica Noel Castagna, Alyssa K. Cavaiuolo, Dylan Cella, Cristopher Chalco Samaniego, Alondra Chavez Hernandez, Luis A. Chavez, Quintanilla Ulises Chicas, Arianna V. Chirco, + *Juliana E. Chiriboga, Nyara Choudhury, +*lza Akram Choudrey, Herson G. Cisneros Campos, Allyson Clark, +Sarah Clopper, Keri Coleman, +*Kayla M. Coll, William Thomas Collins IV, Nicholas Contessa, Milton Contreras, Victoria Corchado, Wendys Cordova Berrios, Nora Faith Cowlishaw, +*Kevin Michael Cozart, Sara Eden Crapanzano, +*Jillian A. Crowley, Jaelynn Cruz, Melvin Alexander Cruz, Hillary Cruz Barrera, Henry Cruz Flores, *Luke Cunsolo, +*Olivia Cunsolo, Carly Nicole Dammer, Anthony Assenza Davi, Christina M. De Blasio, Kara De Bruin, + *Nicholas Martin De Gaetano, +*Kaitlin N. De Moore, +*Corinne De Rosa, + *Hailey Ann Dearborn, Thomas Decker, *Michael S. Deitch, Joseph Dellaccio, Peter Demeo, Andriana Patrica Di Bartolomeo, J James Di Bartolomeo, + Alexander Di Lorenzo, *Tatiana N. Doddo, Daniela Dorin, *Joseph Keith Dowling, +*Shane J. Duffy, Erik Dye, Emma Edelman, *Anna Marie Edwards, B +*Emily A. Engoran, Alejandro Enriquez, Rafael Espineli, Abdul Fahim, Hamza Farooq, + *April Elizabeth Farrell, +*Garrison Scott Farrell, +*Kelly Ann Feldmann,+ *Joseph Alexander Feola, Tommy Figueroa, + Sean Bradley Finnan, +*Kristen Lynn Finnerty, Gabrielle Fiordalisi, Daniel Flores, Lidia Flores, Milton E. Flores, +*Pamela Flores Chalco, Yessica Flores Medina, William E. Floyd, *Diana Soleil Fogel, +*Jeremy Stan Forman, Jason Fradera, Edwin Francia Arreola, Gloribel Franco Samantha Francois, + *Madison Lourdes Fulcher, *Jake Caswell Fullerton, Grace Galasso, Andrew Vito Galati, Brian Garcia, Jasson Garcia Campos,+ *Janna Riese Garden, Branco Garrido, Makai K. Gilbert, + *Gabrielle Rose Girard, + *Cassidy Ann Giudici, + *Gabrielle Rose Giudici, *Colby Goldsmith, *Olivia Rose Golembiewski, Kenia Esmeralda Gonzalez Yoseline Gonzalez Contreras, B +*Lauren Elizabeth Gotard, + *Emma Olivia Graff, Estefany Granados, J Trevor Christopher Greaves, Jenaya Greene, Junior Grijalva Gudiel, +*Christopher Dylan Grillo, Edwin Guardado, Lemus Ashley Guiteau, *Noria Halimi, +*Ethan Halle, +*Brianna Hansen, J Kareen Harris, Amelia M. Hatton, *Brian Zachary Hauser, Oscar A. Hernandez, Brayan Hernandez Galdamez, Yeserson Hernandez Garcia, Thalia Ivette Hernandez Wilson, Romulo Herrera Antunez, Tianna Hilton, Raymond P. Hoffman, Alan S. Holtzman, Kimberly Ann Hoppe, +*Gretel Erika Huber, +*Jake Philip laccino, *Nimra lshtiaq, Chnydie lsmera, Alexa B. Jaffe, +*Kate Margaret Jenkins, Anashaly Jerez, Andy Jiang, +*Jillian Jobson, Jules Julien,+*Priya Katwala, +*Bridget Irene Kenney, +*Dana Rose Keogler, +*Adil I. Khan, Eashah Khan, Leah Khan, +*Sydney Khan, + Andrew J. Kim, +*Nicholas King, +Kaloyan Kirin, Alexandra Marie Knell, +*Olivia Riise Kongevold, +*Daniel Kulesa, Lance La Bella, Ronnie L. Lane Jr., + *Jake Thomas Lang, Timari Laster, Chance Laughton,Andrew Ledbetter, Andrew Letellier, Summer Brooke Levinsky, Tamia Lewis, B +*Julianna Beatriz Licona, *Racquel T. Litt, Giovanni Sebastion Lomino, Maria Jose Lopez, Thania Lopez Bustillo, + Debbie Lopez Diaz, B *Thania Sofia Loza Morales, Zachary J. Lucana, Daniel Frederick Lucas, +*Aidan T. Luebker, Breyanna Luperon, +Caitlyn Marie Lupton, Sierra Alexis Madrid, *Paige Gabrielle Maier, Erick Maldonado, Vivian Maldonado, Jason Maldonado-Gonzalez, Sandy Maldonado Ulloa, Anyi Mancia Matute, Nicole Paige Mangano, Miguel Manzanares, Katherine Manzano, Peter James Marion, +*Kevin Louis Martin, Carlos Daniel Martinez Garcia, Jonil Martinez Rodriguez, +*Marissa Rose Martino, Eiad Massoud, *Raymond Matuza, Frank Anthony Mc Guigan, Jakarai Mc Kay, Ruslan Matthew Mcgough, Thomas Robert McNulty, Jonathan Medrano Flores, *Angie Mejia Lopez, Jennifer Mejia Rodriguez, Gabriela Michelle Mejia Salazar, Michael Mendolia, Nicole Mendoza, Alvaro Meras Hernandez, +Ryan Jason Meyer, +*Tyler Joseph Meyer, +*Katherine Marie Miata, Rixi Milla Sanchez, *Gabriella A. Mingin, *Dean Nicholas Mirissis, +*Brady Mondry, Jamie R. Montague, Nicasio Montanez, Jose Montoya, Steven C. Mora, Brian Morales, Jimmy Alexcio Morales, +*Juan Morales Ramirez, Kimberly Stefany Moran Mendez, Endy Moreira Quintanilla, Secia Moreno, +*Annosha Mubasher, +Joshua C. Muellers, Gursagar Multani, Gilberto Antonio Murcia Cisnado, B +*Emily Elizabeth Murphy, +*Sarah Rebecca Nace, Dayian Nadeem, +*Alina Mishal Naseer, Tamoor Nawaz, Christian Nelson, J Lyndsi Nelson, Christopher M. Neuman, Peter Anthony Nicolina, Jonathan Nolasco Saravia, +*Anna Marie Noonan, David Nottingham, Aneudy Nunez, Miqueas Nunez, Fredy Nunez Cuellar, Andrew O Brien, Carlie O Riordan, Kevin Ochoa, Melvin Ochoa Amaya, Daniela Andrea Orellana, Arely Orellana Ramirez, +Andy M. Orellana Ramos, Oscar S. Ortez, Carlos Ortez Canales, Hannah E. Paceleo, Thomas Andrew Palladino, +*Eleni Emma Papaiacovou Marvin Parada +*Jennifer T. Parada-Melgar Nya Paul, Jacob Paz, Joseph Pecorella, Jairo Alexander Perdomo, Alvarez Emily Perez, Ethan Perez, Maraselyz Perez, +Sabrina Agnese Petrizzo, +*Tyler Joseph Phelan, *Matthew Philip, Keven Pigno, Selvin Pineda Hernandez,Nayeli Pinero, *Michelle Pirozzi, Randall Placido Gonzalez, James Robert Polk, Jamil Ponce Luna, Giselle Portillo Umana, Julio Quintanilla Lazo, Cesar Quintero Cuadra, Naweed Quorishi, Jocelyn S. Ramirez, Tatiana M. Ramirez, Pedro Ramirez Flores,Alyssa Michelle Ramsaran, +*Connor James Rankel, B +*Nicole Lynn Rapacciuolo, +Mikaila A. Rattazzi, Paola Rauda Hernandez, Amir Razzaq, +*Lauren Hannah Redelman, *Mycaela Louise Reilly, Kemasuode Rex Ezonfade, Giselle D. Reyes,  Kenneth Reyes, William Reyes, Valen Colby Richardson, Kayleigh Rigel, +*Amanda J. Riha, +*Emily Regina Riha, Anthony William Rinaldi, Siana Marleny Rizo, +*Lily Nguyen Robert,*Destiny Robinson, Adrianna Rocha, *Isabella R. Rombaldi, Keven Romero, Julissa M. Romero Martinez, Jaden Rosa, +*Sebastian A. Rosa, Kevin Rosales Alas, Christopher Vincent Rosano, +*Stephanie Jane Ross, Nicholas Brayden Rows, Chloe Rozenveld, Cole J. Rudnick, Dylan Ruf, Natalia Ruiz, Brianna Ruotolo, Jaycelyn Irene Ruotolo, Vincent M. Russotto, Amonullah Sadiq, Daniel Safian, +*Kayla Lauren Sakayan, Emmanuel Angel Salcedo, Jake Louis Salerno, Brandon R. Sales, +Paola Mayerli Salinas Lemus, Anna Salmeron Garcia, Juliana Salzone, Cypher Sanchez, Yemim Sanchez Argueta, Mario Sandoval, +Dominick Sarabella, Derwin Saravia, Natalie Saravia, *Brenda Sarai Saravia Coreas, +*Nohl Jacob Schwandtner, Isaiah Sealy, Briana M. Seda, *Alexa Seifert, *Julia Seitz, Daniel Sgaraglio, Juliana Sgaraglio, Ariana Shaikh, Danielle Olivia Shaneberger, Jia Qi Shi, Lamia Shormi Aribah Siddiqui *Bilal A. Siddiqui, +*Umema Siddiqui, Matthew S. Silverman, +*Logan Avery Slansky, *Rachel Kim Smith, +*Fiona Smyth, Wissal Sobti, Nicole Sorensen, Jeffrey R. Sorto, Mario Enrique Sosa, Stephany Soto Castillo, J Kaylee Southard, Briana Adrian Spencer, James Robert Stanton, J Ian Stedjan, Daniel Francis Steigerwald, *Meghan Catherine Stengl, Caleb Michael Sullivan, Christian Symons, Bihzad Tabibzada, Elvira Lois Ashu Mbi Taku Amanda T. Taveras, +*Mary A. Teresky, Amtul Thakir, James Andrew Thomann, Robingo Thomas, Sage lllria Thomas, *Dylan Eugene Thyer, Sarah Julia Tobin, Kyle E. Torcivia, Erika Katherine Torres, Fredy Torres Amador, +*Luke P. Towers, +*Barbara Josephine Tripi, +*Emma Katherine Tuohy, +*Riley C. Turner, +*Natalie Kathleen Ugenti, Marlon Ulloa Martinez, Christopher E. Umana, Daniel Uvena, John Vaccaro, Marjorie Valladares, Joseph Gerard Varisco, +Marlon Alexander Vasquez, Leonaldo Vega, Marlon Velasquez, Douglas Alexander Velasquez Menjivar, Alan Veliz Carrillo, Jessica Vesque, Joshua Victor, Katherine Vigil,Edwin Villalta, Chris Villatoro, Jonathan Villatoro, Saul A. Villatoro, *Belkin J. Viloria, Hermas Viloria Reyes, Susan Wahab, Aliana Wang, Justin C. Ward, +*Christopher Ian Williams, +Connor Williams, +*Kevin James Wrobel, Gabriela Yanes, +*Melanie Yodice, +*Eliot Se Min Yoon, Ahmad Zadran, Adam Zafar, +*Subhana K. Zafar, +*Jackson Michael Zaiff, Riley Zalbert, and  Anqi Zhao.

* National Honor Society

+ Principal’s List

J January Graduate

B Seal of Biliteracy


Above: Walt Whitman High School Principal Mr. John Murphy shared heartfelt words with his graduating Seniors and their families, recognizing the significance of this milestone event.

Above: Seniors make their way down Whitman's turf field donned in their caps, gowns, and masks provided by the Walt Whitman PTA.

Above: Valedictorian Stephen E. Verderame addressed his classmates during the Friday evening graduation ceremonies, alongside the Board of Education.

Above: Typically, proud parents would fill the bleachers as they watch their Senior walk across the commencement stage. This year, the 2 attendees joined their graduate on the field before their walk-up, maintaining a 6-foot distance between families.

Above: Happy graduates made their way across the stage before entering into the next exciting chapter of their lives.