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Valley High School

Albuquerque Public Schools Graduation 2019

Valley High School Class of 2019

Saturday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico

"Dion's, on 4th?"

Valley Graduation Transcript

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("Pomp and Circumstance")

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PATRICIA RIVERA: Good evening. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Valley High School Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony. Guests, please stand for the presentation of colors by Valley's AFJROTC. Graduates, please remove your caps. Guests, as well, if you are wearing a cap, please remove your cap.

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("Star Spangled Banner")

- [Students] Vikings!

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PATRICIA RIVERA: Guests, you may be seated. Graduates, please take your seats. Family, friends, and guests, thank you for joining the Valley High School class of 2019 in celebrating their graduation. I am Patricia Rivera, the Activities Director at Valley High School and I would like to introduce the guests for today's commencements. Please stand as I say your name. Today's platform guests are

Lorenzo Garcia, APS Board of Education Vice President.

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Elizabeth Armijo, APS Board of Education Member.

Yvonne Garcia, Associate Superintendent, Leadership and Learning, Zone 3.

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Dr. Kristine Meurer, Executive Director, Student, Family, and Community Support Division.

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Anthony Griego, Principal, Valley High School.

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James T. Kitts, Valedictorian, Valley High School.

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Tess Sanchez, Curriculum Assistant Principal and 12th Grade Principal.

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Jasmin Garcia, Valley High School salutatorian.

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Terry Dahl, Assistant Principal, Buildings and Grounds.

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Nicole Slayton, Assistant Principal, Special Programs.

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Serri Grube, CAD Teacher and Graduate Name Announcer.

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We have some special guests that are sitting in the VIP section. Please stand as I call your name. Platform guests, you may be seated. Our Counseling Department, we have Holly Blue-Sky Rey.

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Crystal Chavez, Deana Valdez, Angelica Delgadillo. Our school nurse, Amanda Lacasse.

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Larry Pavatt, Academy Director

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and AVID Coordinator.

On the floor, we have our faculty row leaders. Ron Worley, 9th Grade Dean of Students.

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Patrick Welch, Social Worker.

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Jennie Chavez, Bilingual Coordinator.

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Amy Jaramillo, Testing Coordinator

and Data Resource Teacher.

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Albert Gabaldon, Science Department Chair.

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Kristi Green, Social Studies Department Chair.

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Rachel Ramirez, Special Education, Head Teacher.

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David Callison, English Department Co-Chair.

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Gary Montoya, Physical Education Department Chair.

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And Matt Wells, CTE Business Teacher.

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It is my pleasure to introduce Valley High School Principal, Mr. Anthony Griego with his opening remarks.

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ANTHONY GRIEGO: Good Evening. Welcome parents, family, faculty, honored guests, and you, the class of 2019. Tonight we come together to celebrate the graduation of the class of 2019. These graduates have been on a structured path which began 13 years ago for some. This part of your journey comes to a conclusion tonight. Though this chapter of life, you have experienced many difficulties, made many friends, been supported by your family, and you have been a support system for your friends. You have stretched your minds and examined your consciences. In the upcoming days, important decisions must be made about your new future and goals must be set to help you achieve your dreams. As you determine the new path your future will take, also consider how you might become a positive influence in the lives of others and contribute to your community and to our country. For example, three of our graduates have been working on their new journey. Bianca Rain Garcia and Aleeya Breeann Saavedra will be Licensed Practitioner Nurses after passing the State Board by virtue of completing the program at CEC and Valley.

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Desiree Tafoya has already begun working with the New Mexico Game and Fish Department where she will gain valuable experience that will help her as she obtains her degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management.

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We also have another outstanding student that we found out by accident that she had a hidden skill that very few knew about. Jasmin Garcia was working a camp with the Albuquerque Police Department this past summer. There was an elementary student who was hearing impaired. Jasmin, being the person who she is, started signing for that student. They became best friends throughout the camp. This is a small example of what this class has been able to accomplish over these four years. You have taken everything in stride and have done well. I'm happy to report that this graduating class has earned more than $2.6 million in scholarship awards to attend colleges and universities. Again, these were self-reported by our students.

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In virtually every profession you might choose, there is some way in which you can show compassion, lend a helping hand, and make a positive impact in the life of another. Your teachers have worked long and hard to prepare you to meet those challenges and overcome those obstacles that lie ahead. Now it is up for you to meet those challenges and overcome those obstacles. As I mentioned last night, the time has come for you to be set free, spread your wings, and fly off on your own, and create your own path. We hope we have prepared you to go forward and to meet new, exciting challenges, and for you to fulfill all your dreams and aspirations. I would like to thank all the parents, family members, and friends who have loved, guided, and supported these graduates over the years. I also would like to thank all of our teachers who, by virtue of the career they have chosen, have made a positive impact on the lives of these graduates which will be evident in their future accomplishments. 

On behalf of myself, the faculty and staff of Valley High School, I wish to each and every one of you a happy and productive life. May the future be yours! The best of luck and congratulations to the class of 2019!

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PATRICIA RIVERA: The Valley High School Music Department held their End of Year Concert in April. The following trio had one of the best performances of the evening and will be performing "Imagine" by John Lennon tonight for the class of 2019.

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("Imagine")

♪ Imagine there's no heaven ♪

♪ It's easy if you try ♪

♪ No hell below us ♪

♪ Above us only sky ♪

♪ Imagine all the people ♪

♪ Living for today ♪

♪ Ah ah ah ah ♪

♪ Imagine there's no countries ♪

♪ It isn't hard to do ♪

♪ Nothing to kill or die for ♪

♪ And no religion, too ♪

♪ Imagine all the people ♪

♪ Living life in peace ♪

♪ Yoo hoo hoo hoo ♪

♪ You may say I'm a dreamer ♪

♪ But I'm not the only one ♪

♪ I hope some day you will join us ♪

♪ And the world will live as one ♪

♪ Imagine no possessions ♪

♪ I wonder if you can ♪

♪ No need for greed or hunger ♪

♪ A brotherhood of man ♪

♪ Imagine all the people ♪

♪ Living for today ♪

♪ Ya ha oh oh ♪

♪ You may say I'm a dreamer ♪

♪ Whoa oh oh ♪

♪ But I'm not the only one ♪

♪ I hope some day you will join us ♪

♪ Whoa oh oh oh ♪

♪ And the world will live as one ♪

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TESS SANCHEZ: Good evening. Tonight I have the honor of introducing Valley High School's valedictorian and salutatorian. Our two students have taken multiple Advanced Placement and Honors courses. They have participated in different school and community activates and worked hard while striving for excellence. Valley High School's salutatorian, a very dynamic young lady that is not only a straight A student, she also gives back to the school and the community all the while working part time. Please direct your attention to Box 15 to acknowledge Jasmin's family, especially her mother Julieta Chavez.

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It is my honor to introduce the 2019 salutatorian with a GPA of 4.567, Ms. Jasmin E. Garcia.

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- [Audience Member] Go Jasme!

JASMIN GARCIA: Good evening parents, families, friends, teachers, and most importantly, Valley Viking graduates. As I stand here in front of you today, I can legitimately say it has been one of the most arduous things I have had yet to accomplish. Extremely late nights, early mornings, and the help of a little Red Bull. But I couldn't have done it without the incentive of my mother. Thank you, Mom, for not only being there for me as both of my parents, but as my best friend. You're genuinely my inspiration for success and I owe the person that I am today to you.

I also couldn't have done it without the support of my loved ones that are here today. And with that being said thank you to all parents and guardians for all of your love and support throughout the years. You've always loved us, you've always been ridin', and we've always been down for ya. As I reminisce on freshman year, I was so eager to finally obtain the high school experience. And then the first day came and I couldn't wait for it to be over. The past four years may have not been all that glorious as watching "High School Musical", but it did teach me many life lessons. I guess I never knew that there were more snakes than just in Mr. G's classroom. But most importantly, (audience members cheering) I learned that when doing team bonding for volleyball, even though I'm supposed to be salutatorian, it's okay to forget how to spell strength.

When I began high school, I recollect how hype people used to get to attend all the football games due to all of the football players' promise that they were gonna take state. And then we played Volcano Vista and lost by about 40 points. And everyone realized we were acting like Dallas Cowboy fans and their promise of a Super Bowl win since 1996.

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Honestly though, I'm super proud of all of our sports teams this year. Congratulations to all of the athletes that put forth their best effort. Many of my classmates also filled me with a wealth of knowledge. Trent taught me that I should never let him have a pair of scissors. Jove taught me to be an attentive driver. And as Johnny would say, "Homewrecking isn't just for HGTV."

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Anyways overall, I want to inform all of the underclassman here today that despite all of the negativity that may surround you, high school prepares you for your future so make the most of it. Making good decisions and achieving good grades is substantially more rewarding in the end. I know it's hard but you blink your eyes and you're standing where the class of 2019 is sitting right now. Although I may have cried when I got my first B, I believe everything happens for a reason, and I want to personally congratulate James Trent Kitts on winning this year's valedictorian.

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As we grow into adults, we will possess our own personal struggles in life but it is our responsibility to reflect upon them and grow into a superior version of ourselves. Just like Donald Trump said when first securing presidency, "This is harder than I thought it would be." Ms. Baker taught me that no one in this world is going to gain success through being lazy and it is thanks to her that even though I don't enjoy history, there are multiple ways to learn and make the most out of what's in front of you. Philosopher Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." And even though it may seem pointless at times, it's the only thing in this lifetime that no one can ever take away from you.

We are the future and it is a guarantee that we will all play some role in crafting it but I have hope that it will all be for the better. So congratulations class of 2019. Go out and accomplish your goals, strive for success, be aware of your capabilities, always stay true to yourself, and never let anybody hold you down. We did it! Best of luck to all of you on all of your future endeavors. And as Goodrich so effortlessly put it last year, "It's time to bounce, my homies."

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TESS SANCHEZ: Thank you, Jasmin, that was beautiful. Okay, Valley High School, it is my pleasure to introduce to you your valedictorian, a very dynamic young man, a straight A student. He gives back to the school and the community all the while working part time. Please direct your attention also to Box 15 to acknowledge Trent's family especially his father Tracey Kitts.

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It is my honor to introduce the 2019 valedictorian with a GPA of 4.582, Mr. James Trent Kitts. 

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JAMES TRENT KITTS: All right, thank you, Ms. Sanchez. They didn't say her speech was gonna be that good. My fellow students, parents, friends, and the teachers that I liked, my name is Trent Kitts and I have the honor of being this year's valedictorian. I know that some of my classmates may be thinking that we spent four years working our tails off to receive a handshake and a piece of paper, but if you think about it, the core classes of life are over. Everything that we do now is an elective to help us become who we wanna be, and each and every one of you can be anything. We have just achieved the biggest accomplishment of our lives so far, and we should all be very proud. As Gary Bolding put it, "Your families are very proud of you. You can't imagine the sense of relief they're experiencing. Now would be a most opportune time to ask for money."

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I am very honored to stand before you all today as valedictorian, but I'm infinitely more proud of being a part of the most outstanding group of young men and women that I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. With this, I would like to thank some of the people who have made my achievement possible. I will not be able to mention every person by name, but know that I'm ever grateful to every single one of you who put me on this stage today. 

To Ms. Sanchez, our 12th grade principal and whose first three remarks while proofreading this speech were "No, you cannot wear your cowboy hat, no you cannot ride your horse on the stage to give your speech, and no you cannot do doughnuts in your truck in Tingley Coliseum". Thank you for everything you've done for us this year and for your never-ending patience in keeping us unruly seniors under control.

To Mr. Hollis, my 11th grade English teacher. Thank you for shooting down every outlandish claim that I made in your class to teach me that it's okay to have an opinion, but you have to back it up with facts. And thank you for being one of the most influential mentors in my life.

To Mr. Goodrich, my Algebra 2 and Calculus teacher. Thank you for teaching me that math at any level isn't hard, it just takes practice. Except calculus. That was hard.

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I'm sorry for falling asleep in your class. It wasn't that your lectures were boring, I was just tired. I particularly liked your lecture on... Well, I don't remember. But I do remember that if I'm ever late to work to bring doughnuts. Goodness sakes that line was long.

To Ms. Baker, my U.S. History teacher. Thank you for making every day interesting even when we were covering the uninteresting. I will always remember you for teaching the best history class I've ever taken.

- [Audience Member] Yeah!

JAMES TRENT KITTS: To Ms. Grube, my engineering and architecture teacher. Thank you for advancing my knowledge of technology and for teaching us all the most creative ways to solve problems. I'm sure we will all remember the infamous Grube stare and your unique ability to hear a curse word at a whisper from across a loud classroom.

To Sargent Beebe, my recruiter. Thank you for teaching me that giving up is never an option. You didn't give up after three years until I got it together and made the greatest decision of my life. Hoo-rah.

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To all of my friends Colton, Mitchell, Dom, Hope, Ani, Des, Zarei, Lewis, Jonathan, and the best high school security guards in the country, Joe, Albert, and Cathy. You guys are the ones who helped me the most. Each and every one of you were there for me every day and you made the tough times more bearable and the great times even greater. 

And most of all, to my family. Thank you for making me who I am. I would not be the same person standing before you on this stage without you. You have motivated and inspired me to achieve everything that I've done in my life. 

Before I leave you today, I would like to say one last thing. All life is an experiment. Life is a game, play it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is an opportunity, capture it. Go Vikings!

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ANTHONY GRIEGO: The part that everybody's waiting for. Board members, Mr. Lorenzo Garcia and Mrs. Elizabeth Armijo, I would like to present to you the class of 2019. They have met all the requirements as set forth by the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education along with the New Mexico Public Education Department. To you, I present the class of 2019.

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BOARD MEMBER ELIZABETH ARMIJO: Good evening. I'm Elizabeth Armijo and on behalf of the APS Board of Education, we accept the 2019 graduating class of Valley High School. Go Vikings!

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SERRI GRUBE: Emilio Adrian Alvarez.

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Michael A. Andrade.

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Francisco E. Angel.

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Kimberly Antillon.

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Gisselle Arambula.

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Destiny D. Aranda.

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Ashley Ann Armijo.

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Joseph Armijo.

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Luisa Yatzira Atilano.

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Iris Avila.

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Luis Avila-Montes.

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Mario Avila-Rascon.

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Jonathan William Baca.

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Jordan Nicole Baca.

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Hope D. Baldonado.

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Johnny C. Baros.

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Ariadne S. Barraza.

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Caleb Barrett.

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Ginger Elaine Bauman.

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Antonio J. Beltran.

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Destiny Y. Berroteran.

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Yamel Betancourt.

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- [Audience Member] Yamel!

- [Serri] Quinton J. Bloom.

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Emmillia Rose Burnett.

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Colton T. Burns.

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Robert E. Bustos, III.

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Sonia G. Cabrera.

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Bijou A. Carriaga.

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Nasbly Casas Miramontes.

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Robert J. Chacon.

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Angela K. Chavez.

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Dominic J. Chavez.

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Esperanza Joylynn Chavez.

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Isaiah N. Chavez.

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Jonah Josiah Chavez.

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Noe Esteban Chavez.

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Roman M. Chavez.

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Angelina R. Clark.

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Mary Kate Cleland.

- [Audience Member] Yay, Mary!

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- [Serri] Trey J. Coleman.

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Elijah Contreras.

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Kayla M. Cordova.

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Phillip Jose Cordova.

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Nathan Cortez.

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Imani Crawford.

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Rishard Yasheen Cullen.

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Hugo Delgado.

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Jesus M. Dominguez.

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Liam Donald Downs.

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Franzine Duenas.

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Jaqueline Duran Castillo.

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Victoria Encinias.

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Brittany Danielle Escoffier.

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Cynthia J. Espino-Hernandez.

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Alice Esquibel.

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Brady James Flowers.

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Shelby D. Frese.

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Teanna T. Gabaldon.

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Celaya Gallegos.

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Johanna Garay.

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Adrianna Garcia.

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Alaina R. Garcia.

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Alex Garcia.

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Andrew Garcia.

- [Audience Member] That's my group, that's my group!

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- [Serri] Bianca Rain Garcia.

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Brandon Michael Garcia.

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Jasmin Elinor Garcia.

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Martin M. Garcia.

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Mikaela Juliana Garcia.

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Faith M. Giddings.

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Anthony Gonzales.

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Claudia Rene Gonzales.

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Monae Dolores Gonzales.

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Saleen M. Gonzales.

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Tim J. Gonzales.

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Alexis N. Gonzalez.

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Isaiah J. Gutierrez.

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Jasmine Rose Gutierrez.

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Marvin B. Gutierrez.

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Carlos Hernandez.

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Aaron Ibanez.

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Jennifer Lopez.

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Angelo E. Jacquez.

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Gabriel Alexander Jaquez.

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Isaiah V. Johnson.

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Russell Keil.

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Lila Nadine Kepler.

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James Trent Kitts.

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Isaak Kohlmeyer.

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Nolan Kuhn.

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David Lease.

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Devon Tyler Leblanc-Warmcastle.

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Lewis A. Lindstrom.

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Jaelynn Valentina Littlebear.

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Jacob Jason Lopez.

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Dwayne Jamal Lopez-Burton.

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Thomas M. Lovato.

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Joseph Lucero.

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Joey Lucero.

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Anastacia Marie Lueras.

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Jaden Marie Lueras.

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Savannah Lueras.

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Veronica Lujan.

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Joseph Luna.

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Angelo Maestas.

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Jacob Anthony Maldonado.

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Jason M. Manalo.

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Luke Matthew Martinez.

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Marissa Anjelica Martinez.

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Sienna Mascarenas.

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Jshawn Malachi McDaniel.

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Chaidan T. McKenna.

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Lily Means.

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Oswaldo Medina.

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Isiah Mendoza.

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Jove Messenger.

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Jorge Molinar.

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- [Audience Member] Oh yeah, Joe!

- [Serri] Breanah Angel Montano.

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Aaron C. Montoya.

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Esperanza Montoya.

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Garrett Moseley.

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- Way to go, Dylan. - Yeah, baby!

Dylan Ryan Mosqueda.

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Desiree Marisa Mota.

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Michaela Victoria Naranjo.

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Santana Rose Naranjo.

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Blanca Navarro.

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Adam V. Ortiz.

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Nicholas J. Otero.

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Alyssa Inez Pacheco.

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Cesar E. Padilla.

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- [Audience Member] That's what I mean!

- [Serri] Elexia Marie Padilla.

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Syanna P. Padilla.

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Brianna Palacios.

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Marrisa N. Parras.

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Elijah N. Pearlman.

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Alexandro Pena Neri.

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Andres F. Perez.

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Francesco A. Perez.

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Sofia Claire Perez.

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Jonathan M. Pesina.

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Donovan F. Phillips.

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- [Audience Member] What they saw!

- [Serri] Annette P. Pitz.

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Jacqueline Portillo-Caraveo.

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- [Audience Member] Jessica.

- [Serri] Gabriel A. Ramirez.

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Luis M. Ramirez.

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Nicole Reed.

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Ashley Reyes.

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Leezette A. Rodriguez.

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Justine D. Romero.

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Jade Romo.

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Paul Roybal.

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Aleeya Breeann Saavedra.

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Janeen N. Saavedra.

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Natalia Ana Saiz.

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Anthony Salazar.

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Alexandria M. Salvador.

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Alexandria R. Sanchez.

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Amaya R. Sanchez.

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Donicio Santiago Sanchez.

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Kaitlynn Sanchez.

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Manuel C. Sanchez-Vargas.

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Angelique Sandoval.

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Richard I. Sandoval.

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Sammy L. Sandoval.

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Lorenzo A. Silva.

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- [Audience Member] Hey, Luis, outside!

- [Serri] Luis Silva.

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Matthew Joseph Sisneros.

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Jessica Solis.

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Rebecca Solorzano.

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Ashley Raquel Soto.

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Adam M. Stephens.

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Reagan Marie Bezio-Szulc.

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Danielle Rene Tafoya.

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Desiree E. Tafoya.

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Brandon Torres.

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David J. Torres.

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Gabrielle Elizabeth Trujillo.

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Nicholas Sean Trujillo.

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Levi S. Valencia.

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- [Audience Member] Hey, Levi!

- [Serri] Marcos O. Valencia.

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Damian Valles.

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Gabriella Angelique Vigil.

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Alicia M. Villanueva.

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Savanna Lauradenise Villanueva.

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Lariaha Lynn Watson.

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Mathiaus N. Willig.

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Emil Yuselew.

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(audience members whistling)

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PATRICIA RIVERA: Valley High School class of 2019 please stand. All right, you've waited a long time for this. Move your tassels! Congratulations Valley High School class of 2019!

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Woo! Just to play it? Go ahead.

(celebratory music)

(people chattering and laughing)

(audience members whistling and shouting)

(administrators applauding)

Valley High Class of 2019 Commencement Information

Platform Guests:

  • APS Leadership: Yvonne Garcia, Dr. Kristine Meurer
  • APS Board Members: Lorenzo Garcia, Elizabeth Armijo
  • Valley High Administration & Staff: Anthony Griego, Principal; Tess Sanchez, Curriculum Assistant Principal, 12th Grade Administrator; Terry Dahl, Assistant Principal, Buildings and Grounds; Nicole Slayton, Assistant Principal, Special Programs; Serri Grube, CAD Teacher
  • Valedictorian: James T. Kitts
  • Salutatorian: Jasmin Garcia
  • Special Guests:Holly Blue-Sky Rey, Crystal Chavez, Deana Valdez, Angelica Delgadillo, Amanda Lacasse, Larry Pavatt, Ron Worley, Patrick Welch, Jennie Chavez, Jennie Chavez, Amy Jaramillo, Albert Gabaldon, Kristi Green, Rachel Ramirez, David Callison, Gary Montoya, Matt Wells

Graduates:

2019 List of Graduates (PDF)


Class Flower: Sunflower
Class Song: "See you Again" by Charlie Puth; "Furious 7 Soundtrack"

Commencement Program

  • Welcome and Processional
  • Presentation of Colors: Valley High AFJROTC Color Guard
  • "National Anthem," Francis Scott Key. Performed by the Valley High School Band, directed by Mark Ellington
  • Introduction of Guests: Patricia Rivera, Valley High Activities Director
  • Principal's Address: Anthony Griego, Principal 
  • "Imagine," by John Lennon. Performed by the Vally High School Music Trio
  • Introduction of Valedictorian/Salutatorian: Tess Sanchez, Curriculum Assistant Principal
    • Valedictorian Address: James T. Kitts
    • Salutatorian Address: Jasmin Garcia
  • Presentation of Graduates: Anthony Griego, Lorenzo Garcia, Elizabeth Armijo
  • Moving of Tassels

Top Ten Students (Listed Alphabetically)

  • Angela Chavez
  • Jasmin Garcia
  • Jasmine Gutierrez
  • Marvin Gutierrez
  • James Kitts
  • Nolan Kuhn
  • Marrisa Parras
  • Sofia Perez
  • Natalia Saiz
  • Manuel Sanchez
Honor Cords
HonorCord Color
Valley Academy Maroon & Gold
National Honor Society Gold
Spanish Honor Society Red & Gold
Latin Honor Society Old Gold & Purple
Indian Education Honor Seal Multi-Color
National Music Honor Society Pink
Thespian Navy Blue & Gold
Drama Maroon, Gold & White
Yearbook Blue & Turquoise
Mesa Red & Black