La Cueva High School

Albuquerque Public Schools Graduation 2019

La Cueva High School Class of 2019

Tuesday, May 14 at 2:30 p.m.
Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose." —Dr. Suess

La Cueva Graduation Transcript

("Pomp and Circumstance" by Edward Elgar)

(audience cheering)

ADDISON PORTMAN: Ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the presentation of the colors and remain standing until the colors have left the floor. Gentlemen, please remove your caps. Today's color guard is presented by La Cueva High School Junior ROTC. They are Cadet Private First Class Hughes, Cadet Lance Corporal Fournier, Cadet Staff Sergeant Richefield. They are commanded by Cadet Chandler. Our national anthem will be sung today by La Cueva High School Concert Choir under the direction of Katherine Green.

- [Cadet Chandler] Color guard, march! Color guard, halt. Present colors.

♪ Oh say, can you see ♪

♪ By the dawn's early light ♪

♪ What so proudly we hailed ♪

♪ At the twilight's last gleaming ♪

♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪

♪ Through the perilous fight ♪

♪ O'er the ramparts we watched ♪

♪ Were so gallantly streaming ♪

♪ And the rockets' red glare ♪

♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪

♪ Gave proof thru the night ♪

♪ That our flag was still there ♪

♪ Oh say, does that star-spangled ♪

♪ Banner yet wave ♪

♪ O'er the land of the free ♪

♪ And the home of the brave ♪

(audience cheering)

- [Cadet Chandler] Right, face!

- [Man] Right, face!

- [Cadet Chandler] Posts, march!

- [Man] Posts, march!

(Cadet Chandler speaking indistinctly)

(men shouting indistinctly)

ADDISON PORTMAN: Ladies and gentlemen, you may be seated. Graduates, please remain standing. Graduates, please be seated. Good afternoon, parents and guests. Welcome to the 2019 La Cueva High School Graduation Commencement Ceremony. I am Addison Portman, your senior class president and mistress of ceremonies for this evening. Joining me onstage are valedictorians Anita Sumali, John H. Tran, and Jared Zhang. Your salutatorian, Brad Zhang, and the 2019 senior class officers, Julia Avery and Hannah Grenemyer, along with our La Cueva administrative team, which consists of La Cueva High School Principal Ms. Dana Lee, Assistant Principal Mr. Brett Rimer, Assistant Principal Mr. Brian Hubbell, Dean of Students Mrs. Ashley Keilbarth, Dean of Students Ms. Leigh Arnett, Athletic Director Ms. LeeAnn Moores, and Activities Director Ms. Lacee Metzger.

We are also pleased to have joining us onstage today President of the School Board Dr. David Peercy, Board Member Candelaria Patterson, APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy, and Associate Superintendent of APS Zone 4, Troy Hughes. Thank you also to the La Cueva Counseling team sitting just off the stage, Mrs. Megan Goodman, Mrs. Angela Hawes, Ms. Justine Garcia, Mrs. DeAnna Romero, Mr. Mike Reilly, Mr. Gillian Gordon, and Mrs. Jasmine Metzgar. Please give all of our guests a round of applause as we are very honored to have them here as part of our ceremony.

(audience applauds)

Please also give a round of applause for our teachers working here tonight and those leading us through our graduation: Emily Clauss, Alan Spencer, Lansing Freeman, Lena Eddings, Kimberly Conell, John Bryant, Richard Faulkner, Mary Robinson, and Aimee Wray.

(audience applauds)

JULIA AVERY: Thank you. Now I would like to welcome to the stage our salutatorian, Brad Zhang.

(audience applauds)

BRAD ZHANG: So apparently, what letter your last name begins with indicates how much time it takes to write your graduation speech, 'cause Jared and I both turned in our graduation speech several hours late. And yes, we're the same person. Thanks, Sanchez. Anyway, hi everyone. I think y'all know who I am, but if you don't, I'm a just-graduated La Cueva alumnus like everyone else here. Honestly, the only difference between you and me is that I was just a tad bit better at reading SparkNotes and watching Crash Course videos at two times speed.

(audience laughs)

It's graduation day, a time with mixed emotions, so to let y'all know how I feel right now, I'd like to start with a quote from a fellow violinist and an anime character. We're all afraid, you know, to get up on stage. Maybe you'll mess up. Maybe they'll totally reject you. Even so, you grit your teeth and get up on stage anyway. Yes, I'm scared out of my mind right now and I want to hide, but there's no place to hide. More importantly, we all have our own stage, our own dreams. We'll be afraid of being judged by others, temporarily abandoning our dreams in fear. But the opinion that matters most is yours.

Others might influence the shape of your stage, but you are the director, conductor, soloist. You are in control. My boy, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, once said, "AirPods are the most valuable investment you can make." Wait, sorry. That's the wrong quote. (laughs)

(audience laughs)

Dumbledore once said, "It does not do to dwell on dreams. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live." Of course, the lamest cause of death is that someone forgot they were alive, and I hope none of you die that way, if you even can. But don't dwell on your dreams. Make your dreams a reality. Leave your dream in a way that makes yourself proud. Seriously, live like Thanos.

(audience laughs)

But we're not Thanos. We can't turn back time, and we can't solve our problems with a single snap, so the only thing we can do is do it right the first time. Take actions that won't leave any regrets behind. And as we move on to greater things, remember that as the graduating class of 2019, we are inevitable. I wish you all luck in your future endeavors if you need luck, but you'll have something better: brains. Cheers, DFTBA, and remember, the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.

(audience applauds)

HANNAH GRENEMYER: At this time, I am pleased to introduce your co-valedictorian, Anita Sumali.

(audience applauds)

ANITA SUMALI: Thank you so much, Brad and Hannah. You guys are amazing. Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Anita Sumali, and I'm honored to be representing the talented, incredible class of 2019. I think most of us are familiar with the iconic high school environment. Narrow hallways lined with lockers, and full of students who fit general high school stereotypes. You have your mean girls, jocks, band geeks, and nerds. Four years ago, when we first entered high school, I think we all thought to an extent that we needed to fit into one of these stereotypes, or we at least had an idea of who we wanted to be.

Now, high school is over, but we still have most of our lives ahead of us, and one thing I've learned is that stereotypes should be challenged. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't be smart as a jock or that you can't be athletic as a band geek. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't be popular if you're smart, because Brad, our salutatorian, already proved that's possible when he became our prom king. Can we please have a round of applause for Brad?

(audience applauds) (Anita laughs)

My mother is a former Olympic swimmer, so who would have guessed that I would be standing up here as valedictorian, arguably the exact opposite of an Olympic athlete? One thing I've learned from having family members with such different interests and strengths than me is that as long as you have passion, determination, and drive, anything is possible. So as we begin new chapters of our lives today, I challenge each and every one of you to be more than what's expected of you. Be ambitious, but compassionate. Be intelligent, but insightful beyond academics. Be successful, but virtuous. As Hindu teacher Swami Sivananda once said, "Put your heart, mind, and soul into all of your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." Thank you all so much, and congratulations, class of 2019.

(audience applauds)

JULIA AVERY: Thank you, Anita. Now I would like to introduce our co-valedictorian, John Tran.

(audience applauds)

JOHN TRAN: Good afternoon, graduates, parents, and teachers. I want to take a moment to thank all of the teachers for the time and dedication that they have devoted to all of us here today. Thank you to my friends and peers that stuck with me to the end, enjoying every second we spent studying and having fun together. And finally, a special thank you to my family, my cousins and aunts, and my grandma for flying over here to be here today, and especially my sister, my mom and dad, and my uncle, for pushing me to be the very best I can be. All of you have fostered a deep fervor to challenge myself, while being there when I needed it the most, and it's comforting to know that I'll have your support wherever I go and a place where I can always call home.

First, I am deeply humbled for, again, the chance to speak to you, the class of 2019, on this eventful day. La Cueva will always have a special place in my heart, and when I joined a preschool program at La Cueva when I was a little kid, I remember bawling my eyes out during the first day. That was the first time I was alone, and I felt like I was alone at that time. But however, I will never forget the capricious, yet joyous times I had back then, eating fried potatoes in the shape of a smiley face during lunch time.

And here I am at the brink of crying again, but this time, leaving La Cueva behind. Ironic, isn't it? La Cueva has always been home to me, and I hope you all share the same sentiment with me. All of you have grown and changed over the last few years since our initial encounter, and I know you will all continue to do so in upcoming years, and as I continued to write this speech, the soothing patter of the rain outside my window reminded me of the quiet, yet joyous times we had together. To be honest, that was enough for me. Thinking to the snow we had this past winter, blanketing our neighborhood with a white velvet, a sight we haven't seen for ages. And the longest government shutdown we have experienced in American history, and tells us that sometimes things don't work out the way we want them to, and that change disheartened us as we have an opportunity to create lasting changes for future generations to build upon and cherish, and the first picture of the black hole we got to see, and of the many things yet to be discovered under the marvelous sky of ours.

Each and every one of you has the ability to make the world a better place. Whatever we decide to do, we should always try to help the people around us. And as Mr. Freeman says, the least we can do is to look out for each one another. This world will always be filled with injustices, and unfortunately, that's the way society works. So if you have time to give up or hold a grudge against that injustice, use that time to enjoy battling those injustices instead. If you don't gain anything from the obstacles you face, at least you will become a better person as a result. I will always treasure the memories we had together, no matter how brief they seem to be. I hope you all continue to fight on, no matter how grim it may look at times.

Lastly, remember that it does have to end here. Whether there are aches in your heart that won't go away or an urge to cry on a thing sorely missed, it's fine to feel like that. It's what makes us human. If you ever find yourself lost, I've got one last thing to say. Never forget who you want to be and the kind of person you want to become. If anything, trust your guts and enjoy the life around you. Thank you, and congratulations, class of 2019.

(audience applauds)

HANNAH GRENEMYER: Let's give one more round of applause to John Tran.

(audience applauds)

Now I would like to introduce your last co-valedictorian, Jared Zhang.

(audience applauds)

JARED ZHANG: Dear teachers, parents, friends, and fellow graduates, thank you all for coming to my TED talk.

(audience laughs)

Today is a special turning point in all of our lives, and I would like to quickly thank some people for being part of my journey. First, I would like to thank my mom, my dad, and my brother Roland. Special shout-out to my mother for everything she has done for me these last 18 years. There are no words that can describe how important you are to me, and I'm forever grateful. Next, cheers to my capstone and debate families. You've all been a megalith of a support for me throughout high school, and I love you all. Lastly, thank you to the Bestial Bills, Holden, Alex, Jason and Kylie, for being my closest and most trusted friends. 

It's on special occasions like today that we tend to sit back, yawn, and listen to boring speeches like this one. But we also tend to reminisce. We think back about our times at La Cueva, the good ones, the bad ones, our successes and our failures. Today I want to talk about the latter. High school has shown me that failure is inevitable, and it happens to everyone, especially to Mr. Freeman at the gym.

(audience laughs) (Jared chuckles)

If failure is inevitable, that must also mean that perfection is forever unattainable, and in my opinion, both these statements are true. But as my amazing calc teacher, Ms. Conell, taught me, there exist asymptotes, lines that get infinitely close to each other. I like to imagine an asymptote of perfection, something we can never reach, but we can always ceaselessly strive towards, and the fact that we are graduating today is proof that we are already striving towards this asymptote. It's proof that the seeds for success have already been planted within us. I guess the question is will we nurture these seeds to produce tomorrow's dreams, or will we get sued by Monsanto?

(audience laughs)

Today we reminisce about the past. We look at our last four years and think about all the things that we've accomplished and the things we could've done better. But after today, I think it's time for us to look forwards towards the future. We should look at the future without regret. After all, we can't change what's already happened. And when I look towards our future, it's brighter than any class before it. In the words of Malcolm X, the future belongs to those who prepare for it today, and if these last four years have shown me anything, I know that the future belongs to us, so let's full send it, class of 2019. Thank you, and of course, cheers.

(audience applauds)

- Let's give one more round of applause to our valedictorians and salutatorian.

(audience applauds)

At this time, would the seniors and choir please come forward? On behalf of the graduates, the choir would like to thank the family, friends, and educators who have always been there for us. Please welcome our La Cueva Concert Choir for their presentation of Underneath the Stars, directed by Katherine Green.

(audience applauds)

♪ Oh, go gently ♪

♪ Oh, go gently ♪

♪ Underneath the stars I'll meet you ♪

♪ Underneath the stars I'll greet you ♪

♪ Then there beneath the stars I'll leave you ♪

♪ Before you go of your own free will ♪

♪ Go gently ♪

♪ Go gently ♪

♪ Underneath the stars you met me ♪

♪ Underneath the stars you left me ♪

♪ I wonder if the stars regret me ♪

♪ At least you'll go of your own free will ♪

♪ Go gently ♪

♪ Go gently ♪

♪ Here beneath the stars I'm landing ♪

♪ And here beneath the stars not ending ♪

♪ Oh, why on earth am I pretending ♪

♪ I'm here again, the stars befriending ♪

♪ They come and go of their own free will ♪

♪ Go gently ♪

♪ Go gently ♪

♪ Go gently ♪

♪ Go gently ♪

♪ Go gently ♪

♪ Go gently ♪

♪ Go gently ♪

♪ Underneath the stars you met me ♪

♪ Underneath the stars you left me ♪

♪ I wonder if the stars regret me ♪

♪ I'm sure they'd like me if they only met me ♪

♪ They come and go of their own free will ♪

♪ Go gently ♪

♪ Gently ♪ ♪ Go gently ♪

♪ Gently ♪

♪ Gently ♪ ♪ Go gently ♪

♪ Gently ♪

♪ Gently ♪ ♪ Go gently ♪

(audience applauds)

DANA LEE: It is now time for the class of 2019 to receive their diplomas.

(audience cheering)

It is the request of the La Cueva High School administration that we honor each and every graduate by holding applause until the end. Many friends and family members have traveled far to honor their graduates. I would like to present the class of 2019. They have met all of the graduation requirements set forth by the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education, along with the New Mexico Public Education Department. To you, Dr. David Peercy and the school board, I present the class of 2019.

(audience applauds)

BOARD MEMBER DAVID PEERCY: Hello, class of 2019. It's our honor from the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education to accept this great 2019 graduation class from La Cueva High School. Congratulations and best wishes to all of you. Thank you.

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- [Male Announcer] Quinn I Abate.

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Rebekah L Abeyta.

Ashante A Adam.

Jonah Adams.

Jewell V Airhart.

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Brik J Albach.

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Saad Aleem.

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Myriam Sophie Josephine Lynn Allred.

Alexander J Alunday.

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Lane Kristopher Manuel Aragon.

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Shauni K Ausman.

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Phoenix J Autrey.

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Julia G Avery.

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Trinity A Berry.

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Alexander B Bethel.

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Katie L Bingham.

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Cooper J Blair.

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- [Male Announcer] Kamryn Bohlken.

Tyler Scott Borin.

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Kameron L Bowers.

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Martin Brandt.

Lorelei R Breitfeld.

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Sara Brightwell.

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James Brining.

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Alissa Cardiff.

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Michelle Maria Casanova.

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Brooke Chavez.

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- [Male Announcer] Marcos A Chavez.

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(person whispers indistinctly) Cael C Chavez-Kerr.

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Akshay Chellappa.

Brandon Chen.

Shyann Chischilly.

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Brett Thill Clark.

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Megan N Clark.

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Ruth Catherine Clark.

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Michael A Cole.

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Benjamin J Corey.

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Elliot W Cortese.

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Tony M Covino.

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Zoey Craft.

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Trinity M Crouch.

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Ameen Dajani.

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Austin T Denton.

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Sarah J Dakofsky.

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Nathan V Dao.

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- [Male Announcer] Cheri Davis.

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Cody Davis.

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Taylor A Davis.

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Alexander James Denetdale.

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Simi Dhaliwal.

Jack T Dillon.

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Connor Dix.

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Vincent R Domina.

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Marcelo Dominguez.

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Benjamin G Doughty.

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Madison N Driscoll.

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Julia R Dubois.

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- [Female Announcer] Sean Eckert.

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Hannah J Duffy.

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Lilburn L Dukes.

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Elaine, Ellen, sorry.

Ellen N Duong.

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Karissa R Eames.

Jacob Everett Eanes.

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Brynn E Elson.

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Tyler M Erickson.

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Kaitlyn E Esplin.

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Aaryona N Estrada.

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Madisyn R Estrada.

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Zachary K Fitch.

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Isabella Ford.

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Karina E Ford.

- Go, Madisyn! - Sean M Ford.

Ryan G Foteio.

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Morgan J Fortin.

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Jayden E Fox.

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Daniel A Fuentes.

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Giovanni S Gabaldon.

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Carin N Gallegos.

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Jack S Gallegos.

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Alexis R Garcia.

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Elena M Garcia.

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Zachary B Garcia.

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Hailey C Garde.

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Eve Gardenswartz.

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- [Female Announcer] Audrey M Gates.

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Charlotte E Gates.

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- [Male Announcer] Eric A Givens.

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Connor Gates.

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Kelsey Gates.

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Preston Gatewood.

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Kassim Gauba.

David Gibson.

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Forrest Gill-Ehlen.

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Irfan Gillani.

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Kassandra Gregos.

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Sabina Griebel.

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Hannah Grunwald.

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Adam Gutierrez.

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Grant Guttromson.

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Troy William Harbaugh.

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Hannah Delaney Harlow.

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Jennifer W Harned.

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Daniel B Harrod.

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Jacob Scott Hayden.

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Kaleb Hella.

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Shane Henry.

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Antonio Herrera.

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Mikayla Raine Herrera.

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Natala Hesch.

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Jack Walker Hoagland.

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Jeremiah Holland.

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Ethan J Hudgens.

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Brandon R Hunt.

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Ilhamuddin Hussaini.

- Let's go, Ilhamuddin! (audience cheering)

- [Female Announcer] Nathaniel B Hutchinson.

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Jashua S Hwang.

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Caroline H Jamharian.

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Harry G Jamharian.

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Mia O Jaramillo.

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Christopher T Jarek.

Sameen F Jawadi.

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Hannah G Jenson.

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Natalie C Jones.

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Nicholas B Jones.

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Damian H Jordan.

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Alexandra Kaminsky.

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Jared L Kane.

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Julia G Kim.

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Jacob R Knighton.

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Stephen S Koss.

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Vanessa N Krajeck.

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Destiny A Kuehn.

Emma J Kunzler.

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Kallista A Kunzler.

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Madison N Lacy.

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- [Male Announcer] Halie M Lalande.

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Jacob E Lamanna.

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Adam A Lambert.

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- [Male Announcer] Daniel J Lastine.

- Attaboy, Dan! (audience cheering)

- [Male Announcer] Austin Stephen-Lee Laven.

Julian J Lee.

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Steven I Lee.

Rebecca E Leischner.

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Maggie R Bachicha-Liston.

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Jiahao Liu.

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Alyxandria M Loidolt.

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Emma G Long.

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Jalen S Lopez.

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Nyah Lopez.

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Serena Rose Lopez-Mackaness.

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Runqi Lu.

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- [Male Announcer] Hudson Thomas Lueker.

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Izaak P Luna.

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Madison T Lund.

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Rebecca Faith Luten.

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Joseph S Lutz.

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Robert M Lutz.

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Jason Michael Lyons.

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Joana Macklin.

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Fred Musa Mady III.

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Jordyn Ann Maes.

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Parriss Anisa Mahan.

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Dylan William Mahan.

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Ryan Alexander Malone.

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Sarah Marie Mann.

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Diana Rose Manzanares.

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Samantha E Martin.

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Dru Bailey Martinez.

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Michael Christopher Martinez.

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Thomas Robert Martinez.

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William Cash Martinez.

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Marissa Renee Mathias.

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Questin Matthew Maurer.

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Brian P Mayers.

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Cameron Conrad Mayo.

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Robert M McCourt.

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Grayson McDonald.

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David DJ McDowell.

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- [Male Announcer] Blake Milne McGee.

- Blake! (audience cheering)

- [Male Announcer] Ryan M McGuire.

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- [Male Announcer] Margaret Daisy Mee.

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Tina Memarian.

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Joshua Mendoza.

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Lance Von Kendrick Milford.

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Meriel Milligan.

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Nizhoni Pony Milton.

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Joey Mok.

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Ava Rae Molina.

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Briana Montoya.

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Nathaniel Montoya.

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Adelyn Bette Moore.

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Ryan Lynn Moreland.

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Tyler E Morgan.

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Briana Karrie Mortensen.

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Tari Alexandra Morton.

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Holden Nathaniel Mueller.

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Cecilia Michela Munoz.

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Madeline M Murphy.

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Anam Z Nadeem.

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Farnosh Naeemi.

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Han B Nguyen.

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Ngoc D Nguyen.

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Niles H Nguyen.

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Ellen A O'Brien.

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Lauryn Faith O'Brien.

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Abigail Lynn Opperman.

Isaiah Gabriel Ortega.

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Adan Luis Ortega-Garcia.

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Starla Marie Osterman, Osterman, sorry.

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Debbie K Oyinatumba.

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And Chrysten Pacheco.

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- [Female Announcer] Katlin Reed Pacheco.

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Sofia E Palacios.

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Justin J Paques.

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Shaun M Paques.

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Sungmin Park.

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Aayushi P Patel.

Nicole Patrizi.

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Ethan A Pearson.

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Alia A Pedersen.

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Sergio Pena.

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Brenden Pepin.

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Brianna Alexis Perry.

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Evan Thomas Pfeiffer.

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Kevin M Phan.

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Rose K Pineda.

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Jakob A Pirkl.

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Nisali A Piyasena.

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Katrina A Poindexter.

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Victoria R Pompeo.

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Addison K Portman.

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Davis M Pratt.

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Tyler D Pyzel.

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Andrea Quintana.

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Elijah X Quintana.

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James A Quintana.

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Alex Quintana.

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Neha Rajput.

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- [Female Announcer] Yasmeen Rasheed.

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Isabel Sophia Rawson.

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Morgan Claire Reasonover.

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Joseph R Redmond.

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Benjamin Matthew Daniel Reed.

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Megan Grace Remington.

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Joslyn Ellen Repichowski.

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John Albert Richardson.

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Hannah Leigh Rivera.

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Madeline Leslie Rivera.

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Asim W Rizvi.

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Sahar Rizvi.

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John Roberts.

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Hayley Raine Robinson.

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Taylor Jaden Robles.

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Kade Christopher Rockett.

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Allison E Rodas.

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Christian James Rodriguez.

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Liliana Rodriguez.

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Taryn Jessica Roe.

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Nickolaus Karl Roeseberg.

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Jacob Matthew Romero.

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Jenna Elise Rorem.

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Noah S Rose.

Sophia Rose Salazar.

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Aditya V Sambandam.

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Aaron Reed Sanchez.

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Brianna R Sanchez.

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Kiley Madison Sanchez.

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Deja J Sandoval.

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Joseph A Sandoval.

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Ariana R Santistevan.

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Kylee P Sawaya.

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Mackenzie L Schenk.

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Eliza K Schmitt.

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Gabriel S Schoenmann.

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Thomas B Schoneman IV.

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Hannah B Schum.

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Alycia L Schwartz.

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John R Scott.

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Caden W Seery.

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Jillian R Selwyn.

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Camila S Sharp.

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Cedric J Sierra.

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Jordynn L Sills.

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Angelo Simone.

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Kayla B Singer.

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Kelsey P Slayton.

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Bethany R Smith.

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Blaine T Smith.

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Chevy Smith.

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Dylan D Smith.

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Katelyn R Smith.

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Amanda T Sommer.

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Jeanine O St. George.

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Tristan J Stone.

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Andrew C Stoughton.

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- [Male Announcer] Anita X Sumali.

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Dylan J Summer.

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Jerry Sun.

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Brittney A Supple.

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Geoffrey P Suter.

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Israel A Swanson.

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Madison L Tevistownes.

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Vincent A Thomas.

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Lily R Thompson.

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Citlali A Tierney.

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John H Tran.

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Teresa T Tran.

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Victoria Katrina Vasquez.

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Bryan Vega.

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Adam A Vellani.

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Samuel J Vigil.

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Lluvia Azul Villescas.

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Cori R Walker.

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Amanda T Ward.

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Annika Warder.

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Autumn Weinberger.

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Reece A Wiggins.

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Ryan J Wolfe.

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Jason Xiong.

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Teagan S Yan.

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- [Male Announcer] Lucy Yang.

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Malak Youssef-Arafat.

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Sang Weon Yu.

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Siyi Yu.

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Shawna Zabel.

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Brad Zhang.

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Jared Zhang.

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Tristin Zimmer.

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And Shane Zottnick.

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ADDISON PORTMAN: We're almost done, just a few more minutes. First and foremost, I would like to say thank you to every person who has touched my life and helped me become the person you all see standing before you today. To my family, thank you for your constant love and support. To my friends, for being my village, and to all of my teachers for never letting me settle for good enough. To Mr. Sanchez and Ms. Soto, along with Ms. Conell and Ms. Eddings, all of which challenged me academically while teaching me valuable life lessons and skills. Lastly, thank you to Rose, Megan, Jenna, Julia, Hannah, Ms. Lee, and of course, Ms. Metzger, who made it possible for all of us to have the best year ever.

This speech has been taunting me for several weeks now, and I wasn't sure how to put the meaning of our class into words, that was until I realized none of us are ever on any journey alone. While I am the only one standing before you now, each and every one of you is shown through me. So I ask the people who will always be on your journey, your parents and guardians, if they could give you one piece of advice going forward, what would it be? The messages I received included: You learn something from everything you do. Trust in yourself. Everything in your life depends on your actions. And my personal favorite, if you fail, it's not the end of the world. Try again and you might succeed, or at least fail better.

Four short years ago, I would have thought these to be cliche, but now we have all learned in many ways, whether hard or easy, that the simplest ideas are the hardest to achieve. I can't tell you that there's a secret to surviving whatever comes next in your journey, because I don't believe there is one. What I can tell you is a message that has helped me push through the hardest parts of my life, and that message is to choose your own happiness. Happiness means something different to everyone, and that's okay. In fact, it's a good thing. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think."

As we all move forward into our future endeavors, whatever that holds, I hope that each of you chooses your own happiness, to find positivity in your worst moments, to allow yourself not to be perfect, and especially to be true to your own values. Now, I would like to say a final thank you and congratulations. Thank you to La Cueva for four amazing years. Thank you for the memories, the lessons, the hard times, the early mornings and late nights, but most importantly, thank you for the laughs. I am beyond excited for every single person in this room. It wasn't always easy to get here, but we did it. Congratulations, class of 2019. Here's to our future.

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- [Dana] I was flying through mine.

- [Addison] Yeah.

DANA LEE: Class of 2019, you are sitting here today because of a variety of factors. Family, friends, and teachers have guided your journey. Athletics activities and events have added depth to the experience, but personal choices have dictated the results. No matter how bumpy or smooth the road has been, you have reached your destination because you have persevered. You are ending one chapter and beginning another, and while high school is awesome, my hope is that everything that comes next is even more so. Often, graduating seniors will hear about the joys and challenges ahead. They will listen to speakers tell them they are equipped for whatever is to come, and that the possibilities are endless. 

I love that your class motto is a quote from the last book Dr. Seuss wrote, Oh the Places You'll Go. You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose. I sincerely hope that your years at La Cueva have given you the tools needed for the future. But instead of focusing on how La Cueva has prepared you, the class of 2019, for the world, I'd like to emphasize what the class of 2019 has done for La Cueva High School. 

It would not be an overstatement to claim that this class of seniors has been extraordinarily generous with their time, appreciative of their teachers and coaches, and kind to their peers. The class of 2019 has challenged historical traditions to set a new tone. They've gained national recognition for their inclusive spirit. They've taken every opportunity to demonstrate their Bear Pride, while practicing humility and developing the habit of giving back. This improved climate of collaboration, celebration, and school and community spirit has been years in the making, but this senior class has been the common denominator. Change takes time, but change that takes time will endure. The class of 2019 is leaving a legacy of kindness behind, and we are a better school because of it. 

As we prepare to send you off, there are two things I'd like to emphasize. I apologize to the audience members here today who are not Twitter-savvy, but Twitterspeak is very much the language of La Cueva High School. Seniors, first and foremost, I am a #proudprincipal. Secondly, after four years, a couple of dozen final exams, and much success in the classroom, on the field, the stage, and the court, you are #finished.

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Congratulations, class of 2019.

ADDISON PORTMAN: Graduates, please stand.

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Together, we share our final moments as high school students as we move our tassels.

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Now, we the graduates of the class of 2019, would like to show our appreciation with applause to our families, teachers, and friends, whose love and support has made it possible for each and every one of us to be standing here today.

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My fellow graduates, congratulations. Good luck in all that life has to offer you. Please remove your caps and your tassels.

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I'm struggling. I can't get it, okay. We made it. You may now throw your caps.

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Is this yours? This concludes this La Cueva 2019 Graduation Ceremony. The La Cueva Band, directed by John Converse, will now recess the 2019 alumni of La Cueva High School.

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("Pomp & Circumstance" by Edward Elgar)

La Cueva High Class of 2019 Commencement Information

Platform Guests:

  • APS Leadership: Troy Hughes, Raquel Reedy
  • APS Board Members: David Peercy, Candelaria Patterson
  • Senior Class Officers: Addison Portman, President; Megan Remington, Vice-President; and Hannah Grememyer, Secretary
  • Speakers: Dana Lee, Principal; J. Addison Portman, Senior Class President

Graduates:

2019 List of Graduates (PDF)


Class Flower: Lily
Class Song: "I'll be there for you" by The Rembrants

Commencement Program

  • Welcome: Dana Lee, Principal, La Cueva High School
  • Processional: "Pomp and Circumstance," Edward Elgar. Performed by the La Cueva Band, John Converse, Director
  • Presentation of Colors: La Cueva MCJROTC Color Guard
  • "National Anthem," Francis Scott Key. Performed by the La Cueva Concert Choir, Katherine Green, Director
  • Introduction of Guests: Addison Portman, Senior Class President
  • Introduction of Valedictorians & Salutatorian: By Julia Avery & Hannah Grenemyer
    • Valedictorian Addresses: Anita X. Sumali, John H. Tran, Jared Zhang
    • Salutatorian Address: Brad W. Zhang
  • “Underneath the Stars,” Jim Clements & Kate Rusby. Performed by La Cueva Concert Choir, Katherine Green, Director
  • Presentation of Diplomas: Dana Lee
  • Farewell Address: Addison Portman, Senior Class President
  • Concluding Remarks: Dana Lee, Principal
  • Moving Tassels: Addison Portman, Senior Class President
  • Recessional: "Pomp and Circumstance," Edward Elgar. Performed by the La Cueva Band, John Converse, Director
To 10 Grade Point Averages
RankStudentGPA
1 Anita X. Sumali 5.15
1 John H. Tran 5.15
1 Jared Zhang 5.15
2 Brad W. Zhang: 5.135
3 Charles Chau 5.033
4 Allison E. Rodas 5.05
5 Akshay J. Chellappa 4.936
6 Lauren E. Chang 4.935
7 Adelyn B. Moore 4.875
7 Jason Xiong 4.875
8 Jerry Sun 4.868
9 Audrey M. Gates 4.85
9 Charlotte Gates 4.85
10 Brynn E. Elson 4.785
Honor Cords
HonorCord Color
Top 10 Double Gold
AP Capstone Double Peacock
Bilingual Seal Purple
DECA Blue/White
Drama White
English National Honor Society Blue/Gold
French National Honor Society Blue/White/Red
HOSA Maroon/Navy
Key Club Double Aqua
Math National Honor Society Light Blue/Gold
MCJROTC Red/Gold
Model UN Double Light Blue
Music Double Pink
National Honor Society Blue/Gold Tassel
Science National Honor Society Purple/Gold
Spanish National Honor Society Red/Gold
Speech & Debate Red/Silver
Student Senate Double Navy
Tri M Pink/American Beauty