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Graduation Ceremony Video

Graduation Details

Thursday, May 13, 2021

  • Time: 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Nusenda Community Stadium 
  • Class Song: “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar featuring SZA
  • Class Flower: Lilies

Commencement Program

  • Welcome: Lupe Martinez - Curriculum Assistant Principal
  • Processional: “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar. Performed by APS High School Band and Orchestra Students
  • Presentation of Colors: Naval NJROTC
  • National Anthem: by Frances Scott Key. Performed by Deeanna Asbury-Sanchez - HHS Junior
  • Introduction of Platform Guests: Anavey Ventura & Kristian Thomas
    • APS Leadership Team Members
    • Board of Education members
    • Highland Administration
  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Marco Harris - Principal
  • Keynote Speaker: Mike Platt - Highland High School Teacher of the Year 2020
  • Song: “Time to Say Goodbye” arr. by Mac Huff. Performed by APS High School Choir Students
  • Introduction of Commencement Speakers: Anavey Ventura & Kristian Thomas
  • Salutatory Address: Elaine Ly
  • Valedictory Address: Ariana Magaña-Ramirez
  • Senior Address: Ashanty Solorzano
  • Presentation of Graduating Class: Marco Harris - Principal
  • Presentation of Diplomas: APS Leadership Team Members and Board of Education Members
  • Presentation of Graduates to Audience
    • Marco Harris
    • Lupe Martinez
    • Eliza Romero
    • Justin Woody
    • Justin Landis
    • John Barnhill
  • Closing Remarks and Final Address to Class of 2021: Kristian Thomas & Anavey Ventura
  • Recessional: “Highland Fight Song” by Ken Anderson. Recorded by the HHS Band

Honor Cord & Stole Color Guide

  • Top Twenty Graduates - White victory hood
  • Top Ten Graduates - Gold stole
  • National Honor Society - Gold/Navy Blue cord
  • Student Senate - Navy/Light Blue cord
  • French Honor Society - Royal Blue & White cord
  • DECA - Navy Blue & Gold cord
  • MECHA - Blue & Gold serape
  • Speech & Debate - Maroon & Silver cord
  • GSA - Rainbow cord
  • NJROTC - Red, White & Blue cord
  • Bilingual - Medallion
  • Black Student Union - Kente cloth
  • Band - Pink, Light Blue & Light Green cord
  • Chorus - Pink cord
  • Empower - Purple & Orange cord
  • Yearbook - Royal Blue cord
  • Newspaper - Royal Blue cord
  • TV Broadcast - Royal Blue cord
  • LNESC - Teal & Black cord
  • LULAC - Gold & White cord
  • FCCLA Family - Red & Silver cord
  • FCCLA Culinary - Green & Silver cord
  • AVID - Blue cord
  • Art - Gold & Turquoise cord
  • Out-Door Club - Lime Green
  •  Humanists - Red & Black cord
  • Model United Nations - Light Blue & White cord

2021 Valedictorian & Salutatorian

  • Valedictorian Award: Ariana Magaña-Ramirez
  • Salutatorian Award: Elaine Ly

Acknowledgments

Special thanks to Highland High School Counselors, Staff, Student Senate, NJROTC, Band, Choir, Demetria Burrell, Rebeca Zimmermann, Bethany Spratley and Campus Specialties.

APS District Administration

  • Members of the APS Board of Education
  • Members of the APS Leadership Team
  • Scott Elder - Superintendant
  • Eugene Saavedra - Associate Superintendant
  • Shannon Barnhill - Exec. Director, APS Ed. Foundation

HHS Administration

  • Marco Harris - Principal
  • Lupe Martinez - Assistant Principal
  • Eliza Romero - Assistant Principal

HHS Faculty

  • Sean Armstrong
  • David Baldwin*
  • Mary Baldwin
  • Lee Blakeman
  • Carolyn Blea
  • Craig Branch
  • Ashley Brodeur
  • Ramon Celis
  • Stephen Chavez
  • Robert Coffey
  • Farris Collins
  • Gina Cordova
  • Irma Correa*
  • Buckner Creel
  • Samuel Davies
  • Sandra Dubois*
  • Stephen Eiland*
  • Yaser El Shenawy
  • Bruce Ellerd
  • Kimberly Elliot
  • Kimberly Ely
  • Robert Feuer
  • Kristin Foster
  • Robert Frausto*
  • Madeline Garcia
  • Rocio Garcia
  • Lindsay Glover
  • Nicole Golich
  • Ramon Gomez
  • Josephine Gonzales
  • Luis Guzman*
  • Delberto Hagen II
  • Bert Hagen
  • Martha Hennings
  • Maria Herrera
  • Samantha Herrera*
  • Bertha Hidalgo
  • Elizabeth Hughart
  • Gabriela Irwin
  • William Lane
  • Marcos Lopez-Vasquez
  • Phillip Lovato
  • Nick Madrid
  • Shannon Marrs*
  • Armando Martinez
  • Richard Martinez
  • Jylena McCrea
  • Heather McGuire
  • Gordon Monaghan
  • Camilo Montano
  • Deanna Montano
  • Michael Montoya
  • Tom Moppert
  • Andy Murray
  • Lonnie Neal
  • Juan Ortega
  • Ann Paulls-Neal
  • Daniel Paz-Rudolph
  • Michelle Perez
  • Michael Platt*
  • Seth Platt
  • Dominic Pritzl
  • Catherine Reed*
  • Aaron Roose
  • Lena Russell
  • Jessica Salazar-Chatt*
  • Sarah Schmitz
  • Steve Seth
  • Matt Singleton
  • Terrance Snyder
  • Bethany Spratley
  • Ted Sterns
  • Richard Tarangelo
  • Michael Thomas
  • Heather Valois
  • Robert Velazquez
  • Omar Villanueva
  • Scott Virtue
  • Stacy Washington
  • Rebeca Zimmermann*
  • Dean of Students - Justin Woody
  •  Director of Activities - Justin Landis
  • Director of Athletics - John Barnhill

(*) Notates Graduate Escorts

Counseling

  • Taisha Rodriguez
  • Margaret Cisneros
  • Melissa Zerbst
  • Shawna Kibuta
  • Bryan Gabaldon

Support Staff

  • Juniper Decker
  • Lisa Hoffman
  • Chrstina DalSanto
  • Kristen Esquivel
  • Laura Navarro
  • Raisa Negon
  • Sophie Serna
  • Patrick Scott
  • Charlton Simmons
  • Magaly Tompkins

Staff

  • Lillian Palmer
  • Natasha Hagan
  • Demetria Burrell
  • Graciela Carreon-Guerro
  • Brenda Jaramillo
  • Rebecca Medina
  • Leeanna Richerson
  • Kim Wicketts

Student Body Officers

  • Ashanty Solorzano - President
  • Kristian Thomas - Vice President
  • Paloma Fuentes Sanchez - Secretary 
  • Emilia Millares - Treasurer
  • Sabrina Solorzano - Historian

Senior Class Officers

  • Ariana Magaña-Ramirez - President
  • Anavey Ventura - Vice President
  • Melissa Carrera  - Secretary
  • Jocelyn Guzman - Treasurer
  • Hilda Pacheco - Historian