PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies, or P.A.A.A.S., graduated 52 students in the Class of 2019 at a ceremony held Friday at Plainfield High School.

The graduates will be doing a variety of things once they leave P.A.A.A.S., according to Guidance Counselor Ms. Denise Krok.  “Most will be attending college, either a 4- or 2-year program, and others will be joining the military or work force.  Some are undecided, and need a little more time before they pursue their passion. 

"We are very proud of each and every class of 2019 student and wish them all of the best in their future endeavors.”

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Richard Wyatt, President of the Plainfield Board of Education, encouraged the students to not fear change, and to continue "the marathon" that is their life ahead.

Principal Dr. Angela Bento said, "Don't be a victim of circumstance; be a hero in your own life."

Valedictorian Brian Bejarano and Salutatorian Briana Miller reminded their colleagues to know the road ahead is tough but they can do it.  Bejarano said he was glad he did not listen to the 8th grader in him who thought he would never be valedictorian of his graduating class. Miller said her speech impediment taught her that no task is impossible if you "try, and keep trying very hard."

The Class of 2019 also said goodbye to members of its Jazz Ensemble who treated the audience to one more selection with graduating Alexis Morrast, winner of Showtime at the Apollo in 2017, singing "Little Sunflower," by Al Jarreau.

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The following list also notes achievements in the National Honor Society and Rutgers Upward Bound Pre-College Program.