NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School had a virtual graduation for the Class of 2020 this year. The program, which was taped at the Sussex County Fair Grounds, began with some Newton High School trivia, pictures, and a drone video of the high school grounds.

The National Anthem was sung by graduate Eve Sylvester, followed by a message from Principal, Jeff Waldron.

Waldron spoke about how proud he was of the graduating Class of 2020, a theme that rang throughout the virtual graduation from teachers, graduates, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Congressman Josh Gottheimer. Senator Booker recorded a special message for all the high school graduates of the Class of 2020 saying that the graduates of this years’ class have “guts and grit and are the true definition of jersey strong.” He also said that it is “not about the destination, but what you bring to the journey.”

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The Class presidents, Maria Fiore and Daniel Flores spoke next. Both talked about fellow classmate and graduate, Lexi Faye who, although was not physically graduating with them, still was a graduate of the Class of 2020.

Two staff members from Newton High School retiring this year were highlighted. Karen Mazur, retired in November of 2019 and the Guidance Coordinator and Diana Guerriero, an English teacher who has been at Newton since 1993.

The 2020 graduates who have decided to serve their country by joining a branch of the military were presented:

  • Christopher Jones- Navy
  • Tyler Reed- Navy
  • Christopher Megna- Air Force
  • Tyler Hermes- Air Force
  • Kyheem Butler- Marines
  • Valerio Sanchez- Marines
  • Jaheim Shannon- Marines

The Class of 2020 Salutatorian was Steven Ward, accompanied by his parents, who fitted him with his medal and Valedictorian, Ivy Nisler, who’s parents also accompanied her to place her medal over her cap.

Waldron presented the Class of 2020 to Newton’s Superintendent, Kennedy Greene, after a few words congratulating the Class of 2020. He said to “not let what you can’t do stand in the way of what you can do.”

Greene congratulated the graduating seniors noting that they have been an inspiration at Newton High School and that there is success in their future.

After all the administrators talked, the graduates were called by name by Waldron. The taping of the graduates at the fairgrounds was pieced together into the video. Each graduate’s name was called and their family members or a special someone stood at the end of the stage and handed them their diploma.

In between the graduates’ names, videos were recorded by the graduates congratulating their fellow graduates, telling them how much they missed seeing them the past three months, and wishing them luck in their future endeavors.

Once all graduates were called, a special ceremony was conducted. Lexi Faye’s cap and gown and diploma were placed upon a stand with her picture by Thomas Carson, Madison Chavarria and Faye’s sister, Jessie. Lexi Taylor Faye was the final graduate name of the Class of 2020.

At the end of the ceremony, videos were taken by teachers from the high school, stating how much they would miss those in the graduating class and how proud they are of them for having overcome so much throughout their four years in Newton, ending with the pandemic that led to their virtual graduation.

The Class of 2020 will be remembered as the class that persevered through some of the most challenging times.

Newton High School Graduating Class of 2020:

  • Emersyn Julia Alvarez
  • Lewinsky Amewugah
  • Michael Desiderio Ardolino
  • Trevor James Aughenbaugh
  • John Henry Ays
  • Edward Allen Baldwin IV
  • Tamara Jade Barkman
  • Aidan Marlowe Bartsch
  • Joseph Palmer Baty
  • Abigail Jacklyn Berkowitz
  • Emma Catherine Bermingham
  • Gunner Jeffrey Bigley
  • Rei Christian Borja
  • Steven Michael Bottone
  • Jessica Paige Brannick
  • Aidan Brondo
  • Emily Megan Brothman
  • Olivia Grace Buckley
  • Kyheem Rashawn Butler
  • Angelina Grace Byron
  • Hayden Sage Caico
  • Derek Steven Curtis Campbell
  • Thomas Joseph Carson
  • Madison Lee Chavarria
  • Nicholas Chavarria
  • Nicholas Allen Clark
  • Morgan Rose Conklin
  • Matthew Bruno Cosentino
  • Isobel Rose Costello
  • Lauren Anastassia Coward
  • Kristine Lyn Crepeau
  • Colin Shane Cunningham
  • Aaron D’Angelo
  • Sierra Lynn Dabrowski
  • Giana Eboni Dawson
  • Marcela DeOliveira Borges
  • Christopher Todd Dickinson
  • Alyssa Grace Dionne
  • John Paul Dobroskok
  • Natalie Rose Dobroskok
  • Nicholas Peter Dobroskok
  • Tara Jesika Reyes Espression
  • Bridget rose Fajvan
  • Lexi Taylor Faye
  • Brielle Catherine Ferguson
  • Maria Joan Fiore
  • Colin Michael Flanagan
  • Daniel Armando Flores Zelaya
  • Caroline Elizabeth Fox
  • Erin Jane Fucito
  • Arely Sarahi Garcia-Ibanez
  • Bryce Delbert George
  • Carolyn Joy Granholm
  • Damian Matthew Gummerson
  • Sydney Nena Ham
  • Ava Marie Hatem
  • Jackson Gregg Heller
  • Justin Daniel Heller
  • Tyler Paul Hermes
  • Michael Scott Hild
  • Derek Wyatt Holmes
  • Christopher Bruce Jones
  • Olivia Rebecca Kaiser
  • Michael Anthony Kamby
  • Luke Andrew Kaphan
  • Kevin Edward Kapuscinski
  • Kayla Anne Kennedy
  • Luke Patrick Kerrick
  • Mason Patrick Leen
  • Travis Charles LeMasson
  • Krista Catherine Leonardo
  • Joseph Loconte Jr.
  • Allyson Courtney Lynch
  • Sean Robert Maffia
  • Olivia Marion Martin
  • Celia Matullo
  • Anthony Michael McCann
  • Paul Christopher McFadden
  • Gemma Grace Meade
  • Christopher Michael Megna
  • Angela Danielle Melillo
  • Emily Katherine Michels
  • Kellen Joseph Miller
  • Mackenzie Lynn Miller
  • Sean Patrick Moffatt
  • Matthew John Moncho
  • Luca Giovanni Morello
  • Sabrina Barbara Morello
  • Jocelyn Michelle Mull
  • Alyssa Richelle Murphy
  • Taegan Jeanne Murray
  • Nichole Taylor Niemynski
  • Ivy Kate Nisler
  • Elizabeth Margaret Nuvolone
  • Kevin Patrick O’Gorman
  • Ethan James Oakes
  • Nicolette Rose Occhifinto
  • Celina Chioma Okuzu
  • Isabelle Rose Osborne
  • Mercy Natasha Owusu
  • Mia Marie Padilla
  • Emily Jean Pappas
  • Grant Daniel Parker
  • Jeisamarie Perez Colon
  • Julia Ann Polyak
  • Owen Mark Power
  • Grace Elizabeth Raddi
  • Jonathan Ramirez
  • Derek Aziz Ravshanov
  • Brendon Thomas Read
  • Tyler James Reed
  • Rebekah Danielle Reese
  • Ryan Dillon Rittie
  • Hannah Isobel Roessler
  • Kenneth Arthur Ruch Jr.
  • Rylie Nichole Salerno
  • Samantha Alex Samiljan
  • Melissa Sanchez Casas
  • Valerio Junior Sanchez
  • Natalie Elizabeth Schmitt
  • Melaina Leigh Scuralli
  • Ryan Lucas Sesera
  • Jaheim Willis Shannon
  • Julian Alexander Sibblies
  • Dominique Simeone
  • Tavionna Simons
  • Asher Leonard Smith
  • Erin Lynn Smith
  • Madison Kishon Spencer
  • Alexander Charles Stone
  • Eve Katherine Sylvester
  • Jessica Amber Tattersall
  • Sean Michael Taylor
  • Gabriel Trinidad Tebangin
  • Joshua Alexander Tierney
  • Michael Theodore Toepfer
  • Natalie Julia Tognetti
  • Emily Gretel Valentino
  • Blaise Victoria Vallorosi
  • Ronald David VanHoorebeke Jr.
  • Peter Matthew VanOrden
  • Jessica Lee Vasquez
  • John David Viersma
  • Angelico Benedict Camacho Villaruz
  • Ashley Ann Wallis
  • Andrew Christian Wannamaker
  • Steven Ward
  • Max Elliot Weiss
  • Kaylee Ann Westerfield
  • Aubrey Marie White
  • Isaiah Marce Wilkins
  • Abigail Elizabeth Wittig
  • Alix Wojcik
  • Grace Carolyn Young
  • Salvatore William Zonca
  • Gabrielle Elizabeth Zukowski

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