Editor's Note: Article updated to reflect the correct names of graduates and presenters. 

SOMERSET, NJ - The Class of 2020 graduated from Central Jersey College Prep Charter School today in a unique outdoor event held in the school's parking lot. Yesterday CJCP held similar ceremonies for the kindergarten and fifth-grade class. 

COVID-19 restrictions did not allow the school to hold its traditional event this year so, with help from local officials, the administration devised an outdoor event plan in which all students could attend with their families.

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Attendees parked their cars facing a stage to listen to Chief Education Officer Dr. Namik Sercan, other school officials, and honored students.  

Sercan reminded students that not even a pandemic can keep CJCP students down. 

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"You have been through challenges this year due to Covid-19 like no other 8th grade class had to deal with ever before," Sercan said. "But, no matter what, you thrived and our community overall flourished as we have accomplished so much in this unchartered territory collectively. For example, the number of our middle-school students who have successfully completed high school classes has increased drastically. We have proven once again that nothing can stop our students from learning and growing."  

CJCP 8th Grade Graduation Coordinator, Jania Bibighaus read the names of all of the students who received special awards this year. 

8th GRADE AWARDS
ELA
Charis Leung
Priyaanka Singh
Ismaeel Yaqoob
Algebra
Karunya Chittamuri
Geometry
Kristin McNally (Valedictorian)
Pre-Algebra
Valeria Roman
Social Studies
Nehal Bajaj
Martin Beltran
Science
Mehreen Kaur
Adwiti Kolli
Chinese
Alisha Patel
Spanish
Prisha Sharma
French
Nichole Tirado-Hidalgo
Health & Physical Education
Valentino Ferro
Shreya Swamy
Drama
Melania De La Cruz
Art
Andrea Hugo
Lia-Celeste Bugarin
Music
Makayla Bridgers
Distance Learning Champion
Kailenn Collins
Abi Odukoya
Most Improved
Areebah Jaweed
Andrea Sanchez
Leadership
Nimana Anwar
Angelina Lukose

CJCP 8th Grade Graduation Coordinator, Rebecca Blaskopf read the names of the graduates. 

First Name Last Name
Shaurya Agarwal
Raiyan A.
Ali Andha
Nimana Anwar
Daniel A.
Nehal Bajaj
Terrence Bellamy
Martin Beltran
Sourya Bommireddy
   
Makayla Bridgers
Kayla Brown
Mark Bryan
Lia-Celeste Bugarin
   
Michael Campbell
Dariel Checo
Karunya Chittamuri
Kailenn Collins
Anushka Dasari
Melania De La Cruz
Mina Demirci
Kamil Dumbuya
Sumeyye Eke
Karessa Falcon-Jimenez
Valentino Ferro
   
Faith Gombeh
Anishsai Gudipaati
Quinn Hibbard
Andrea Hugo
Areebah Jaweed
Shaan Kachhia-Patel
Mehreen Kaur
Sami Khasawneh
Seniha Kocak
Adwiti Kolli
Kazeem Kotun
   
Charis Leung
Tayna Lombardo
Angelina Lukose
Naomi Mathis
Kristin McNally
Alisha Mehta
Khaldoon Mesheh
Sarah Motta
Aneesh Nagpal
Abiodun Odukoya
Feyintoluwa Olajitan
Adrian James Pangilinan
Syrai Parker
Alisha Patel
Isha Patel
Mahek Patel
Angelica Pena Dilone
Ananya Podder
Nia Pujari
Varun Ramanathan
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Justin Rodriguez
Valeria Roman
Abhigna Sala
Andrea Sanchez
Hannie Santaella
Kunal Shah
Prisha Sharma
Algirdas Simoliunas
Kunal Singh
Maheep Singh
Priyaanka Singh
ANDREW SIVULKA
Suja Sudhakar
Shreya Swamy
Nichole Tirado-Hidalgo
Anish Veeramachaneni
Akshat Verma
Roy Wambugu
Cory Wilson
Ismaeel Yaqoob

On their way out of the event, graduates waved to teachers and school administrators cheering each of them out.

The 12th-grade graduation will be held on July 6 at CJCP at 8 pm. 

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