WAYNE, NJ - After a tumultuous second half of the school year, the seniors of the class of 2020 are finally going to be graduating on July 8 at 10:00 a.m. The two graduation ceremonies for Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley are happening at the same time on their respective football fields, and these graduating seniors have much to be proud of.  

To watch the live stream of these graduations, click here.

The Wayne Class of 2020 has a total of 623 graduates: 307 from Wayne Hills and 316 from Wayne Valley. When it comes to academic comparisons, Hills seems to have the edge over Valley this year in many categories, but not all.

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Hills seniors had an average SAT score of 1156 while Valley seniors had an average score of 1137. The Wayne Hills average ACT score was 23, but the Wayne Valley average score was 23.4.

AP tests were also a place of accomplishment for the seniors of both schools. At Hills, 92% of students who took AP tests had a score of 3 or higher and 68% scored a 4 or 5. Valley had 68% of students score 3 or higher and 48% score a 4 or 5.

There are 61 College Board AP Scholars from both schools. Hills had 15 Senior AP Scholars, four Senior AP Scholars with Honor and 12 Senior AP Scholars with Distinction. Valley had 12 Senior AP Scholars, 10 Senior AP Scholars with Honor and eight Senior AP Scholars with Distinction.

Both schools also had many students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. There were nine National Merit Commended Scholars and two National Hispanic Recognition Scholars from Hills. While Valley had only four National Merit Commended Scholars, they produced the only National Merit winner in Wayne in Lunna Cua.

Both schools have strong valedictorians and salutatorians.

Justin Reicher is the Hills Valedictorian who will be attending Binghamton University in the fall. The Hills Salutatorian is Jenna Boguslavsky who will be attending Duke University.

Reicher was President of the Wayne Hills National Honor Society and a varsity catcher and outfielder for the baseball team. He was also a student council representative. Throughout his time at Hills, he organized community service and school spirit events.

Boguslavsky was a varsity épée fencer who placed 11th in the 2020 NJSIAA Individual Championship and made First Team All-League her senior year. She speaks four languages and spent two summers interning at Premier MD shadowing doctors and getting hands-on medical experience.

The Valley valedictorian is Tasneem Pathan who will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. The Valley Salutatorian is Andrew Paul who will be attending Williams College. Pathan and Paul were featured in a TAPintoWayne article highlighting their accomplishments.

The 2020 graduates of both high schools also boast an impressive list of college acceptances, including multiple Ivy League schools. Of the Wayne Hills graduating class 78% are attending a four-year college; 13% are attending a two-year college; 5% are attending trade school, the military or entering the workforce; and 4% are undecided. From Wayne Valley, 79% are attending a four-year college; 13% are attending a two-year college; 5% are attending trade school, the military or entering the workforce; and 3% are undecided.

As far as scholarships awarded, Hill once again edges out Valley.  Hills seniors earned $2,347,895 in total scholarships while Valley seniors earned $2,291,784.

These two unique graduating classes have earned a special place in history having finished out their senior years from home via virtual distance learning while in the midst of a global pandemic.  Because of this pandemic, the time leading up to these official graduations has been filled with ups and downs, and highs and lows. No proms, no fashion shows, no spring sports, missed SDA, missed spring musicals and so many individual stories of memories lost, and time sacrificed. Yet, the really good news is that there were no Wayne students lost to the pandemic and in the end that is something worthy of celebration.  

Almost a month after school ended, the talented Class of 2020 will finally get together and have their moment as a class, celebrating together.  Congratulations to them all.