WARREN, NJ - Nothing but blue skies and sunshine greeted the Class of 2015 at Watchung Hills Regional High School's 58th commencement this morning.

 

All school council president Joe Pecoraro, class valedictorian Christina Liao, salutatorian Joseph Da and president of the class Katrine Schechter all addressed the crowd.

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Pecoraro said," make memories that stay with you for the rest of your lives. Your journey should not be measured in miles but in the memories you made along the way."

Principal George Alexis, WHRHS Class of 1984, delivered the commencement address. He said," this is your school and you will always have a home at Watchung Hills." Superintendent Elizabeth Jewett presented the class and likened Watchung Hills to a tall proud shining city on a hill for other communities to emulate.

Board of Education Vice President Dr. Greg Przybylski accepted the class and remarked that many of the graduates may be reflecting on the last four years thinking like the line in the Grateful Dead song Truckin', "what a long strange trip it's been." He asked the graduates to remember their ABC's- advocacy, bravery, and compassion.

The ceremony can be viewed in its entirety at
http://www.whrhsgraduation.com

Dr. Przybylski and Director of Human Resources, Beth Scheiderman presented diplomas to their own children.

The Class of 2015 is comprised of 555 students, and they are in alphabetical order with  National Merit Scholars(nms) • National Honor Society † Top Ten Academically:


Isaiah Steven Ackerman, Spencer Jurie Adriaanse, Catherine Alapatt •, Kristina Anne Alfano •, Marco Vincent Alfano, Isaiah Nathaniel Allen, Jacob Campbell Allen, Alison Ann Allocco, Miguel Angel Almeida, Jackeline Alejandra Altamirano, Gianna V. Altomare, Karen Alvarez, Simon Peter Anderson, Kate Andes, Lea D. Andriola, Victor Arena, Mark Armanious •, Sagar Arora, Ibrahim Attia, Jack James Ayre, Cerine Azar, Melanie Nunes Azevedo, Brooke Bahooshian, Camille Nicole Bahr •, Silas Terran Baker, Rosine Baklayan, Anthony Bawarshi, Maxwell Baxter, Brian R. Beckert, Timothy M. Benkert, Nicholas Lee Berger •, Taylor N. Berry, Luke John Betines, Shayna Lauren Bezozo •, Tuhina Bhat •, Alixandra Sage Bigelsen, Emily Ann Bintley, Arthur John Bisci, Heather Ann Black, Noah Milton Blackstone, Marlene Evelyn Blajsa •, Natalie Isabel Bodnar, Evin Bogda, Melissa Bonaccorso •, Daniel James Bongiorno, Remy Rose Borinsky •, Jessica Bosdandjian, Maite Bosdandjian, Kayla Frances Boub, Joseph Stephen Bouffard, Briana Bradley, Mikaela Sinclair Brandon •, Simeon John Brasowski, Christian T. Brennan, Katherine Jeanne Briski † •, Nicholas Dominick Briski •, Abel Concepcion Britez, Thomas James Broche, Tanner Michael Brooks, Scott Austin Brown, Taylor Sierra Brown, Aaron Chienleng Bu •, Wojciech J. Buda, Julia Burke, Matthew Evan Burman, Frank Anthony Butrico, Matthew Ryan Caamano, Samantha Cabeza, Dylan Cabral, Kevin Edward Cagnetta, Stephanie Cain, Alicia Campos, Alex Canady, Daniel Robert Carapezzi, Michael Austin Carlucci •, Brian Cunha Carneiro •, Mariana F. Caron, Avery Dale Carrico •, Rachel Brooke Carrieri, Amanda Nicole Carroll, Gregory David Carroll,nms †, Leanna Lynne Caswell, Nicholas Charles Catalano, Danny Rodrigues Cerqueira, Kyle Cevallos, Navya Chacko, Colin Chang, Kimberlie J. Chao •, Jayce Anthony Chavez, Susan Chen, Ikjot Singh Chhatwal, Karen Elizabeth Chi,nms † •, Amanda Rose Chichester, Stephen Cho, Gabrielle B. Choe, Jason George Cihanowyz, Justin Vincent Cihanowyz, Maria E. Clark, Laura Ann Clarke, Rachel Alice Coleman, Daniel Louis Connolly, Shannon Elizabeth Connors, David George Cooke, Jackson Fergus Cooperman, Danielle Marie Coven, Benjamin Crystal, Cristopher Manuel Cunha, Ryan William Cunningham, Anthony A. Cuonzo •, Susan Hastings Curtis,

Joseph L. Da, nms † •, Rui Letra Da Costa, Nicholas M. Da Silva, Helen Dai,nms •, Dominique Julia D'Angelo, Kaila Danielle Davis •, Laura N. DeAngelis•, Lucianna Noelle Del Mauro, Ismael A. Delgado, Jessica DeLuca •, Gabriella Nicole DeMarco, Frank Dente Jr., Alexa John Deo •, Ryan P. Desai, Benjamin Todd Devico•, Julia Racquel Devino, Nathan DiBari, Kyra DiFrancesco, James Paul DiGiorgio, Chen Ding, Victoria Samantha DiNunzio, Nicholas Christopher DiPaolo, Nicholas John DiRosa, Charles Steven DiSturco, Tara Lyn Dombrowski, Gretalyn Donato, Lárrej Krishawn Drayton, Katrina Rose Dumapit, Alexander James Duncan, Timothy M. Durning, David Z. Eng, Emily J. Eng, Danielle Hannah Erickson, Haley Patrice Faccia, Derek Fader, Tyler Matthew Familo, Alexa Lerida Farrah •, Carina Elizabeth Farrah•, David Adam Ozzie Feder, Schuyler Feigen, Hannah Stromswold Feldman •, Jacob Richmond Feldman, Nancy Fernandes, Stephanie B. Fernandes, Kelsey Taylor Ferruggia, Erin Ane Filoramo, Thomas Fiorilla, Timothy M. Fitzgerald, Brooke Rachel Fleischhacker, Elizabeth Fogarty•, Olivia Anne Fogel •, Kahleem Fiona Fong, Sydney Foster, Alec Edward Friedman, Meghan Haley Fuentes, Cecilia Fullowan, Mitchel Shuhong Fung •, Angelo Nicholas Fusco

Jamie Marie Gagliano, Nicolette Gaglioti, Daniel Gallagher III, Sebastian Thomas Gallic, Arielle Paulina Gallucci, Dante Francesco Gambino, Kaileigh Jordan Gannon, Louis Garavente, Anthony Marino Garcia, Samantha Garcia, Brenda Liliana García-Ibarra, Timothy Richard Gavornik, Simran Mary George •, Anastasia Lydia Georgiou, Jason Noah Gerber † •, Jason Gero, Joseph Paul Giacomo, Megan Christine Giere, Liam B. Gilligan, Jennifer L. Gilmore •, Nicholas Anthony Giordano, Victoria Francesca Giordano, Jordan Daniel Gittleman, Emily Glickman, Karin Glorius-Patrick, Julia Valentina Golkin, Benjamim Paul Lucas Gomes, Carlie Fay Goode, Patrick Alexander Goode, Rucha H. Gopal, Andre Jingqi Gou nms •, Andrew James Grabowski, Andrew Connor Greenberg, Jelesmina Eve Grieco, Juliette Grace Groothius, Zackary R. Grosch, Ashay Grover •, Abigail Clare Grundfest, Matthew T. Guarino, Steven Erik Guerin, Alexander Joseph Guerrero, Kevin Guo nms •, Jaytin Roger Gupta •, Arielle Melissa Gurien, Taulant Hakaj, Jacqueline Kathleen Hall, Jenna Lorraine Hall, Amanda Lauren Halper •, Erin Christine Hamilton, Brandon Newman Hao •, Erin Leigh Harris, Melisande Hart, Erika Lynn Hausheer, Anthony Joseph Hayeck, Zachary Aaron Heifetz, Christy Caridad Hernández, Caroline Grace Herrin, Claudia Hirsekorn •, Kirsten Elise Hogan, Kelly Ann Hogerty, Surabhi U. Hoover, Amy Hu •, Isabella Hoi-Yan Hung, Matthew John Hunt •, Habiba Ramy Ibrahim, Christopher Steven Irving, Jeffrey Jay Isaacs, Allison Michelle Ivan •

Grant Jacobson, Justin Cole Jagiello, Andrew Jia, Geraliz Matilde Jimenez, Garrett Samuel Jochnau •, Samantha Johnson, Shekiah Johnson, Ku'ran Tyree Johnston, Isaiah Michael Jordan, Robbie Kafka, Alexus Madelyne Kahn, Christopher G. Kalb, Andriana Spiridoula Kanaras, Philip Gregory Karfagenski, Jake Brian Karlsberg, Jack A. Kasman, Eshan Kaul •, Dylan James Kemper, Jacquelyn Marie Keyasko •, Arian K. Khazaei, Rebecca I. Khusidman, Stuart Jinwoo Ki nms •, Matthew Kiel •, Cassidy Ann Killeen, Margaret Mary Klaas, Brett Jonathan Klausner, Chiemany Ko, Emily Koai, Aidan Kollmar, Andrew I. Kolodin, Serena M. Kong, Olivia Emily Kostecki, Sadie Lynn Kountouris, Jacob Thomas Krowicki •, Daniel Calvin Kuebler, Amanda Rose Kuperman, Brooke Frances Kupferman, Sarah Rachel Kweit •, Yvonne Kwok, Charlotte Helene Kwon •, Derek Anthony Lamble, Amanda Kathleen Larson •, Emily Jayne Lefkowitz, Joshua M. Leski, Alejandro Leston, Kevin Zheng Li, Joy Sheen-yi Li •, Christina Chen Liao † •, Jessie Liao, Devin Lin •, Lucy Liu •, Sharon Liu nms•, Gregory P. Lockwood, Briana Ines Londoño, Ian Michael Lontai, Randy Rahadner Lopez-Mongaya, Steven Paul Lourenco, Hayley A. Lugg, Wesley Adam Lukas, Garrett T. Lukaszek, Jacob Alexander Lyons

 Darragh Thomas Peter Mackin, Christine Susan MacNaul, Edward Malanda, Jason C. Malat, Megan Christine Maloney, Esha P. Mamtaney, Jennifer L. Marinello, Scott Michael Marion, Justine Morgan Markman, Amanda E. Marques •, Ashly Nicole Marshall, Josselyne Martinez, Anthony John Marzano, Kyle Thomas Mas, Katherine Victoria Mathison nms•, Daniel John McCarthy, Taylor Jean McGauley, Jamie McGovern, Jill Skyer McInerney •, Joseph McIntire, Sarah Lynn McKinney, Rachel Mary McLaughlin-Henkel, Kyle Alexander George McNaughton, Rajvi Mehta, Emily June Meltzer, Andrew Memoli, Jacklyn Jane Mentone, Samantha Arielle Menza, Anne Meringolo, Julie Brooke Merkin, Aria Meshkati, Nadia Meshkati, Ashley Rose Metzler •, Max Andrew Meyers, Steven Mianowski, Emma Lutz Mills, Daniel Vincent Mink, Julianne Elyse Molinari, Sofie Moon, Daniel Robert Morris, Jennifer L. Morris, Carlie Nicole Moss, Catherine Jean Mott, George R. Muho, Lauren S. Munzer, Kelly Anne Murphy, Michael Thomas Murphy, Alesandro Richard Murray, Kevin Thomas Nacamuli, Harrison Brett Napell, Damian Salvatore Napodano, Dana Eden Nara •, Christopher A. Negri, Andrew Scott Nelson, Justin Nevi, Amir Lafayette Newsome, Anh Trang Ngo •, Anthony Richard Nicastro, Amanda Leigh Niedzwiecki, Noelle Taylor Niedzwiecki, Linus Nilsson, Jacob Scott Nisse, Amy Michelle Norris, Rebecca Novik •, Shane Michael O'Donnell, Kyle Justin Oksenhorn, April Michele O'Neil, Alec L. Orazietti, Christellane Oseña, Katie Mary O'Shea, Virginia Osnato, Benjamin James Overzat † •

Nicole R. Pacheco, Adam Michael Panella, Christine Marie Panella, Rebecca Lee Pasch •, Chloe Paige McNeil Paulsen, Emma Lynn Pearson, Joseph Michael Pecoraro •, Raquel Amber Pedroso, Matthew Elliott Peer •, Leonard S. Perkins, Isabella Jennie Perone •, Dana Elizabeth Perry, James W. Perry, Adam D. Pervez, Rachel Julia Pester † •, Sara Maureen Petras, Andrew Joseph Piccirilli •, Lauren Elizabeth Picone, Emily Anne Piekarski, Brittany Janis Pinho, Brian Silva Pinto, Ryan Michael Platt, Rebekah Alexa Pollner, Nicholas Joseph Ponturo, Gina Michelle Priore, Diana Lynne Priovolos, Austin Profenius, Claudia Josephine Przybylski •, Gregory F. Puccio, Patrick Qi •, Nathalia Quintero, Charles L. Rall, Christopher Daniel Ramirez, Taylor Marie Raphael, Sarah Marie Ravana, Jason Peter Regimbal •, Michelle Elizabeth Reina, Kathryn Ruth Remington, Anthony James Rendinelli, Arianna Theresa Reuter, Gavi V. Reyes Mendez, Brittany Marie Rica •, Nicholas Wesley Richter, Evan Louis Riddell •, Daniel William Ringel, Andrei Rizescu, Alyssa Nicole Rizzo, Benjamin A. Rizzoli, Samuel Benjamin Robinson, Anthony Lorenzo Rocchietti, Jade Lauren Rodrigues, Joshua Rodriguez, Kevin Rojas, Isabel Tiffany Roka, Cara Michele Rosamilia •, Lindsay Grace Rose, Maxine Karol Rosen, Samaad N. Ross, Jordan Rothenberg, Paul Roushdy •, Brian Theodore Rundlet, Caitlyn Daly Ryan

Gabriella Rachel Salazar, Brittanya Halen Salgado, Lynette Santhakumar •, Carlos Santos, Jacquelyn O. Santos, Kristen Saparito, Ariana Lucia Sarno, Valeria Saro-Cortes •, Skye D. Sass, Patrece Mary Savino, Anoushka Saxena •, Justin Robert Scalera, Gregory Seamus Scanlon, Danielle Leigh Schapira, Katrine Joergensgaard Schechter •, Stephanie Beth Scheiderman, Rachel Scherzer, Alexander D. Schiebler, Luke Anthony Schinbeckler, Sarah Schmidt, Jake Dylan Schoenbach, David George Schulman, Alanna B. Schwartz, Grace Margot Schwartzstein •, Bim Jessica Brooke Semmling, Corinne Elizabeth Semper, Sam Shapiro, Ryan Shen •, Angeline Shieh•, Leah T. Sichenzio, Carlos Manuel Bandeira Silva, Victoria Arnaldo Sipe •, Elizabeth Jane Skrobacz •, Haley Nicole Skuraton, Emily Grace Smith, Naomi Gene Smith, Sarah Paige Smith •, Samantha Jane Snyder •, Hannah Song •, James Terrance Soranno, Justin Jeffrey Sorensen, Linston Spence III, Devyn Tarel Spruell, Abhay Srinivas † •, Aaron James Standish, Ally Alyssa Stanton, Connor James Starr, Leia Janel Stephenson, Hunter Jay Stiles, Nicole Stoicescu, Alexander Richard James Stokes, Katherine Rose Stomber, Abbe Xiu Strauss, Emily Samantha Strickberger, Holly Elizabeth Sullivan, Meghan Anne Swanton, Valerie Tan •, Alexander Taylor, Riley Nicole Taylor, Caitlin Michelle Tedesco, John Vincent Tekin III •, Alix Michelle Templeman, Michael Aiden Terpack, Ashley Thach •, Liddy E. Tino, Normandy Barcenilla Tino, Meghan Kaylee Tobin, Jodi Sara Todtenkopf, Lauren Vanessa Tomassetti, Ashley E. Topel, Erin K. Topel, Robert Philip Torrisi, Rachel Marie Toubin, John Michael Triano, Andrew Tu •, James L. Tupper IV, Stephen John Tyls, Wilson U. Urgilez

Brianna M. Valente, Luke Phillip Valente, Alexandra Valentini, Carl Joseph Valentino, Cameron Leigh Van Decker, Isabel van der Kroft Glanzberg, Samantha Marie Vanderhoof, Mollie Brittany Vaynstein, Colin Robert Vergilio •, Ian Vickery, Janine Victoria Villarreal, Salvatore Viola, Taylor Nicole Vitolo, Emma Clare Vitureira, William Vorrius Jr. •, David Nathaniel Voychuk •, Andrew R. Wang •, Yaqi Wangwu, Ross Attila Warlick, David Paul Weidlich, Michael Ross Weinfeldt, Alana Faye Weisman, Shawn L. Weng •, Brooke Cara Werner •, Gordon Edward Whitley, Jacob Aaron Wilinsky, Matthew Joseph Viola Wilk, David Neale Willett, Laura Ann Williams, Henry Skidmore Wolfson, Alvin Wong, Emily Sarah Wong, Perry Zhengyu Wu, Justin Y. Xia •, Matthew Joseph Yacone, Mariam Yakubovich, Natasha Page Yankaskas, Alaina Christine Yorey, Jessica Tina Young, Christian Erick Zagibaylo, Summer Nicole Zampetti, Allison Mitchell Zavaleta, Emma Zeng † •, William Zhang, Blake Marcus Zitman, Aidan Elias Zucker