Volcano Vista High School

Albuquerque Public Schools Graduation 2019

Volcano Vista High School Class of 2019

Friday, May 17 at 2:30 p.m.
Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico

"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." —John Lennon

Volcano Vista Graduation Transcript

(crowd talking)

VICKI BANNERMAN: Good afternoon. And it's okay to cheer because I am here to welcome you to the commencement ceremony for Volcano Vista High School's Class of 2019.

(audience cheering)

Ladies and gentlemen, please stand as we welcome our graduates.

("Pomp and Circumstance" by Edward Elgar)

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Would everyone please remain standing for the presentation of colors by Volcano Vista Air Force JROTC under the command of Major Thomas Campbell.

(person yelling commands)

- [Woman] Evan, Evan, Evan.

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VICKI BANNERMAN: Our national anthem will be performed by the Volcano Vista Hawkettes Varsity Chorus under the direction of Evan Storr. Gentlemen, please remove your hats.

(piano music)

♪ Oh say can you see ♪

♪ By the dawn's early light, ♪

♪ What so proudly we hail'd ♪

♪ At the twilight's last gleaming, ♪

♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪

♪ Through the perilous fight ♪

♪ O'er the ramparts we watch'd ♪

♪ Were so gallantly streaming ♪

♪ And the rocket's red glare ♪

♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪

♪ Gave proof through the night ♪

♪ That our flag was still there ♪

♪ O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪

♪ O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave ♪

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Please remain standing until the colors have left the floor.

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Seniors, you may be seated. At this time please join me in welcoming 2019 Senior Class Secretary. And I won't say anything snarky about him but he knows what I'm thinking, Nic Estrada.

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NIC ESTRADA: All right, so thank you to our amazing choir for their performance of the National Anthem.

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The Class of 2019 would like to extend a special welcome for all of our honored guests. Please hold your applause until all of the guests have been introduced. 

Dr. Richard Bowman, APS Chief Information and Strategy Officer.

Yvonne Garcia, APS Associate Superintendent Zone 3.

Peggy Muller-Aragon, APS School Board.

Elizabeth Armijo, APS School Board.

Dr. Vickie Bannerman, Principal.

Travis Crawley, Class of 2019 sponsor.

Douglas Goodfellow, Volcano Vista faculty.

Michelle Allen, Assistant Principal.

Manuel Alzaga, Assistant Principal.

Paula Nunez, Assistant Principal.

Zachary Bernius, 2019 valedictorian.

Dhara Eizaguirre, 2019 salutatorian.

And your 2019 student body officers.

Vaneka Hoskie, President.

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Chevonne Watson, First Vice President.

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Neilufar Ella, Secretary.

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Sandra Dorr, Treasurer.

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And your 2019 class officers. Quinn Smith Jr., President.

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Miranda Lohkamp, Vice President.

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Nakayla McClelland, Vice President.

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And I'm Nic Estrada, your 2019 Senior Class Secretary and Superintendent Liaison.

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We would also like to recognize two other groups of Volcano Vista guests. We have our distinguished department chairs and members of the faculty seated with our graduates in their graduation regalia, and our counselors. And finally our Hawk Band under the direction of Paul Blakey.

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NAKAYLA MCCLELLAND: Please join me in welcoming our senior class valedictorian, Zac Bernius, and salutatorian, Dhara.

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DHARA EIZAGUIRRE: (clears throat) Hey guys, it has been a great four years.

ZAC BERNIUS: We have made some great memories, pause.

DHARA EIZAGUIRRE: Zac, I don't think you read that part. It's in parentheses for a reason.

ZAC BERNIUS: Wait, who wrote this?

(Dhara whispering)

Dang it, Oluoma.

DHARA EIZAGUIRRE: No, but honestly, it's been a great four years. We've made so many amazing memories at Volcano and for some of us, we're saying goodbye to people that we've known for the past 13 years. The thing to remember is that we're at the end of high school. This is just memories at this point. We've all worked so hard to be here today and it's going to pay off. We just have to do what we need in order to achieve our goals.

ZAC BERNIUS: And even for those of us who don't know what our goals are, it's never too late to figure things out. It's never too late to start something new.

DHARA EIZAGUIRRE: Wherever our futures may take us, I hope that all of us find something that can bring us happiness.

ZAC BERNIUS: There are so many people here who have supported us and that need to be thanked. Without them, our families, parents, teachers, siblings, coaches, we wouldn't be here today. So let's take a second and give a hand to everyone who supported us.

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DHARA EIZAGUIRRE: Our futures are full of so much potential and we just have to do what we need in order to achieve our goals.

ZAC BERNIUS: It's been real.

MIRANDA LOHKAMP: [Both] Boom.

(audience laughing)

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Our Varsity Women's Choir, the Hawkettes, under the direction of Evan Stoor, will now perform the song, "Let it all Go" by Birdy, arranged by Senior Erin Beaudet.

(piano music)

♪ I've been sleepless at night ♪

♪ 'Cause I don't know how I feel ♪

♪ I've been waiting on you ♪

♪ Just to say something real ♪

♪ There's a light on the road ♪

♪ And I think you know ♪

♪ Morning has come ♪

♪ And I have to go ♪

♪ I don't know why, I don't know why ♪

♪ We need to break so hard ♪

♪ I don't know why we break so hard ♪

♪ But if we're strong enough ♪

♪ To let it in, in, in ♪

♪ We're strong enough ♪

♪ To let it go, oho, oho ♪

♪ Let it all go, let it all go ♪

♪ Let it all out now ♪

♪ If I look back to the start now ♪

♪ I know, I see everything true ♪

♪ There's still a fire in me heart, my darling ♪

♪ But I'm not burning for you ♪

♪ We started it wrong ♪

♪ And I think you know ♪

♪ We waited too long ♪

♪ Now I have to go ♪

♪ I don't know why, I don't know why ♪

♪ We need to break so hard ♪

♪ I don't know why we break so hard ♪

♪ But if we're strong enough ♪

♪ To let it in, in, in ♪

♪ We're strong enough ♪

♪ To let it go, oho, oho ♪

♪ Let it all go, let it all go ♪

♪ Let it all out now ♪

♪ Let it all go, let it all go ♪

♪ Let it all out now ♪

♪ Who says, who says ♪

♪ Who says, who says ♪

♪ Who says truth is beauty after all ♪

♪ And who says love should break us when we fall ♪

♪ But if we're strong enough ♪

♪ To let it in, in, in ♪

♪ We're strong enough ♪

♪ To let it go, oho, oho ♪

♪ Let it all go, let it all go ♪

♪ Let it all out now ♪

♪ Let it all go, let it all go ♪

♪ Let it all out now ♪

♪ We're strong enough ♪

♪ To let it go ♪

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NIC ESTRADA: Please join me in welcoming my fellow 2018, 2019 senior class officers, Quinn Smith, Miranda Lohkamp, Nakayla McClelland.

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QUINN SMITH: I'd like to recognize that we're on the ancestral land of the Native American peoples of the Rio Grande Valley. Good Morning Falcons, I mean Hawks.

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That's how I started the announcements every morning two days a week for the entire year. And while it was a privilege to put a smile on all your beautiful morning faces, every time that I said good morning on the announcements it was a moment where I thought back to how far I had come. I started my freshman year of high school as a kid too afraid to raise his hand in class. Now I'm giving the best graduation speech that Tingley Coliseum has ever seen, or ever will see.

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So I encourage you all now to take a look back at all that you have done. Not to put any pressure on you or anything, but your entire lives have technically led up to this moment right here. All the late nights, all the early mornings, all the practices and rehearsals, all the school supplies and sack lunches, all the field trips and assemblies and bring your parents to school days and talent shows. They've all led up to this moment. Walking up on stage to get this diploma is a huge accomplishment that has taken 13 years of dedication.

There have been hard times, there have been great times, and the best of times. Keep this in mind and never forget how hard you've worked for this diploma case. But do not be afraid to move on. As a falcon, I mean hawk, flies fearlessly into the unknown, you will too. Using all the skills you learned to leave this world in better shape than you found it, no matter what you do.

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NIC ESTRADA: We all know that getting here wasn't easy. Over the past four years, we've all faced some pretty big obstacles. Each and every one of us faced a different set of challenges. For some it might have been passing Mr. Finn's AP English midterm. And for others, it might have been remembering that you do, in fact, have a first period class. Yet, each and every one of you overcame these hurdles, just like I know each and every one of you will continue to do for the rest of your lives. While it may not seem like it right now, we've grown up so much since we walked through that door as scared freshmen. We've definitely had our ups and downs, but through it all, we stuck it out, and we might have even learned a thing or two from our mistakes. The important thing is that we never gave up. Wherever your journeys take you, I hope you'll continue never giving up. Every single person in this building has the potential to do something amazing. If you set your mind to it and have enough grit to stick with it, even when things get rough, you truly can accomplish nearly anything you set your mind to. And one last note. They didn't want me saying any puns up here. But what can I say, I didn't write it in the speech, but you all left me speechless.

MIRANDA LOHKAMP: Hi, seniors. I know that we think that we are immortal. We're supposed to feel that way, we're graduating. The future is and should be bright, but like our four brief years in high school, what makes life valuable is it doesn't last forever. What makes it precious is that it ends. I know that more than ever. I say it today of all days to remind us that time is luck. So don't waste it living someone else's life, make yours count for something. Fight for what matters to you, no matter what. Because even if you fall short, what better way is there to live? It's easy to feel hopeful on a beautiful day like today, but there will always be dark days ahead of us too. There will be days where you feel all alone, and that's when hope is needed most. Keep it alive. No matter how buried it gets, or how lost you feel, you must promise me that you will hold on to hope and keep it alive. We have to be greater than what we suffer. My wish for you is to become hope. People need that. I know it feels like we're saying goodbye, but we will carry a piece of each other onto everything that we do next to remind us who we are and who we will become Congratulations, seniors.

NAKAYLA MCCLELLAND: As we close on this chapter of our lives, let it serve as a learning experience. We've all changed and grown immensely throughout these four years. But no matter what you do or where you go in life, remember everything you've overcome. Remember the strength you had in order to get to this moment right here. Regardless of what comes next, nobody can take this success away from you. From this point forward, you get to decide what happens next. You have the power to control your life. You have the power to change the world. Let's walk into our futures with our heads held high and hopes in our hearts. Thank you so much, and congratulations.

QUINN SMITH: And finally, while I am up here speaking, that doesn't mean much, little Falcon Hawks. The way that you live, that is your voice and your speech. The actions you took and the relationships you made, these are your own graduation speeches. They are your own story of hard work and love. So I encourage you, friends, that whatever you do after this ceremony, whatever speech you decide to give, to give with your life, that you give this speech loudly. I guess what I'm trying to say is don't be afraid to screech, little Hawks. Soar the extra mile, do something unexpected to change the world for the better. We need people to use all of their different abilities to make the world better in all kinds of different ways. Whatever you do, let your life speak loudly. But turn the volume up a little bit at a time. Just like a single drop of water in the ocean can cause a tidal wave on the other side of the world, a single flap of a hawk's wing can cause a tornado. The smallest actions that you take can make the greatest difference. And while after today you will no longer be a Hawk, I hope that you always remember what it meant to be a Hawk. And without further ado, we would like to say something. And remember.

NIC ESTRADA: And remember.

MIRANDA LOHKAMP: And remember.

NAKAYLA MCCLELLAND: And remember.

- [All] And-- It was-- As always.

- [All] And as always, it was great to be a Hawk.

QUINN SMITH: And now it is my pleasure to welcome my amazingly talented friend, Lydia Alba, who will be singing Hallelujah written by Leonard Cohen.

♪ I heard there was a secret chord ♪

♪ That David played, and it pleased the Lord ♪

♪ But you don't really care for music, do ya ♪

♪ And it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth ♪

♪ The minor fall and the major lift ♪

♪ The baffled king composing hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

♪ Well your faith was strong but you needed proof ♪

♪ You saw her bathing on the roof ♪

♪ Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya ♪

♪ She tied you to a kitchen chair ♪

♪ She broke your throne, and she cut your hair ♪

♪ And from the lips she drew the hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

♪ Well maybe there's a god above ♪

♪ And all I ever learned from love ♪

♪ Was how to shoot somebody who'd outdrew ya ♪

♪ And it's not a cry that you hear at night ♪

♪ It's not someone who's seen the light ♪

♪ It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelu ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

♪ Hallelujah ♪

VICKIE BANNERMAN: How you doing, 2019? Now before I present you all to our distinguished board members, you know I have to take just a few moments to say a little something to ya, 'cause it's going to be my last time to see all of your beautiful faces together. And you know, I've always got a speech ready, always. So, as you prepare to take the next step in your life's journey, I want to give you a few directions to help you find your way to the good life. How do we get to the good life? I'm so glad you asked me that. Let's see where the letters in good life take us. G, have some goals. Don't just have goals. Set them, reach them, and exceed them. O, obstacles. Identify them and overcome them. O, own your mistakes. Let me say that again in case you missed that. Own your mistakes. Do not make excuses for them. Do not make excuses for yourselves. Own them, correct them, and keep moving forward. Thank you, thank you. D, do not settle. Do not settle. Be courageous, be encouraged, and be uniquely you. If you do that, I promise, it will be good enough. L, live your very best lives. I, inspire others all around you to do the same. F, have faith, real faith in your own greatness. And E, possibly the most important, enjoy the journey.

- [Audience Member] All right!

VICKIE BANNERMAN: Enjoy this journey that you are beginning today. Oh, you can go ahead and clap, 2019. You know I'm dropping that wisdom. Go ahead and clap. Now if you follow the letters with an understanding that your rewards will likely reflect your work, or the lack thereof, you will find yourself not just dreaming of, but truly living in your good life as defined for you by you. Congratulations 2019. Welcome to the good life. Now I feel comfortable and ready to let you go, to let you soar. It's always bittersweet, 'cause I'm going to miss you. And I mean that sincerely. But at this time I would like to present the class of 2019 to our distinguished board members, Mrs. Muller-Aragon and Mrs. Armijo. The graduates before you have met all of the graduation requirements as set forth by the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education along with the New Mexico Public Education Department. To you, for your acceptance, I present the amazing, outstanding, can't wait to see what you do next, class of 2019.

BOARD MEMBER PEGGY MULLER-ARAGON: So as a Volcano Vista High School graduate you can choose to continue living as a Hawk soaring high and free. You know the thing about a hawk, they have wings. You have your wings. And the only limit there is to a hawk is the sky. So find your place in the sky and live a limitless life. So on behalf of the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education we accept the 2019 graduating class of Cibola High School.

(audience laughing) (audience booing)

BOARD MEMBER ELIZABETH ARMIJO: Volcano Vista.

BOARD MEMBER PEGGY MULLER-ARAGON: Oh, Volcano Vista. That's a boo.

VICKIE BANNERMAN: Now if we have nothing, we have class. And we are going to exhibit that in this moment understanding that we are Hawks and be glad she accepted and conferred you and let you graduate.

BOARD MEMBER PEGGY MULLER-ARAGON: Sorry, Volcano Vista Hawks. That's my tomorrow. That's my tomorrow. They'll like it there, they're rivals.

BOARD MEMBER ELIZABETH ARMIJO: Congratulations.

BOARD MEMBER PEGGY MULLER-ARAGON:  And I said Cibola High School Hawks, huh?

VICKIE BANNERMAN: Class of 2019, let's get ready to do this.

- [Peggy] I can't believe I did that. I said Cibola High School Hawks, right?

- [Announcer] Zane Alexander Kowalski. Adrian Justin James Abeita. Jonathan Nathaniel Acosta. Luke Antonio Adams. Lydia Isabel Alba. Kate Elizabeth Albrecht. Emily H. Amburgey. Storm Veronica Anaya-Gonzales. Carly Renee Anderson. David Roger Anderson. James Michael Esteban Anderson. Mailynn Noc Ap. Jacob Matthew Aragon. Joseph Anthony Manuel Aranda. Shantell B. Archuleta. Aiden Angel Armendariz. Alex F. Armijo. Ryan Scott Armstrong. James Benjamin Stewart Babcock. Esteban Michael Baca. Justin Cory Baca. Luke Damien Baca. Marcus David Baca. Michael Anthony Baca. Andrew Alan Baca Jr. Ana R. Bader-Elenes. Allysa Aria Baldonado. Alexandra Banuelos. Alyssa Monique Banuelos. Johnathan Ross Barnett. Jovanna Ana E. Barron. Kaylee Anne Bartlett. Jaden G. Barton.

- [Announcer] Rachel Caitlyn Basara. Ian Martin Bass. Gabriel Chad Bean. Orionna Olita Denise Bean. Erin Nicole Beaudet. Zachary Lee Bernius. Brooke Lauren Blankenship. Kameron Joseph Blasiman. Lannette Sylvia Blea. Veronica Alyssa Blea. Ana C. Boucher. Alyssa Samantha Brito. Francis Bui. Samuel Reece Bush. Andreana Renee Bustinza. Briana Alexis Bustos. Aubry Kathleen Campbell.

- [Woman] Yeah, Aubry!

- [Announcer] Tyler Anthony Campbell. Jared Michael Candelaria. Samuel Christopher Carrasco. Anthony R. Cartagena. Jason Matthew Carter. Carissa Antonia Casaus. Shaylynn Mikayla Casiquito. Zamiah Kaylin Casiquito. Enrique Castaneda. Alyssa Catherine Castillo. Avery Leigh Castleberry. Tyler Anthony Elton Catanach. Faith Christine Chandler. Dustin Zachary Chavez.

- [Announcer] Faith Alisa Chavez. Gabriel Bernie Chavez. Kamryn Leigh Chavez. Luke M. Chavez. Marley Susanna Maada Chavez. Rebekah Christine Chavez. Sergio A. Chavez. Chayson Chee.

- [Woman] Yeah, Chayson!

- [Announcer] Morgan Riley Christensen. Desiray May Cicero. Curtis Gabriel Clary. Hannah M. L. Coffelt. Johnathan Wayne Coffelt. Jurnee Lanita DeShay Coleman. Kiarra Janae Coleman. Phillis Andrea Contreras.

- [Woman] Yeah, Phyllis.

- [Announcer] Jack R. Cook.

- [Man] Yeah!

- [Announcer] Miranda Rose Coraci. Alexus Marcela Cordova.

- [Woman] Go Alexus!

- [Announcer] Destiny Elaine Marie Cordova. Isaiah Matthew Cordova. Bailee Marie Corona. Albaro Jose Cortez. Natalia Elise Corwell. David A. Crespin Jr. Alfred E. Cross. Esteban Gabriel Cruz. Ryan Andrew Curran. Rayan Cuzmar. Ryan Paul Dabbah. Christopher De Jesus. Bronson C. Deatherage.

- [Announcer] Gabriella Anali Del Rio. Breana Yvonne Delgado. Zane Thomas Denoyer. Maia Elizabeth DeRosear. Skyler Elizabeth Detrana. Anthony Michael Di Mattina. Khai Due Do. Sandra Marie Dorr. Kaelan Dreyer. Kayla Renee Duncan. Emily Diana Duneman. Brennen Dallas Duran. Janice Jamie Duran. Oluoma Marie Antoinette Edeh. Dhara Faith Eizaguirre. Neilufar Ella. Jaspermarie V. Encinias. Alexes R. Engstrom. Billy Charles Enriquez. Krista Alicia Esparza. Jovanna Marie Philomena Esquibel. Michael Alexander Estrada. Nicolas Griffin Estrada. Isaiah Richard Fajardo. Zachary James Farmer. Josiah Arturo Fernandez. Valentina M. Ferrada-Ross. Aileen Elaine Ferrer. Kaleisha Dorothy Fields. Natalia Fishgrab. John B. Flores. Noah William Fordney.

- [Announcer] Jayda D. Foster. Anissa M. Frederickson. Ashley Nicole Fry. Kendahl E. Fry. Hunter Marona Fuller. Pasquale Antonio Gallucci. Alexis M. Garcia.

- [Woman] Go, Lex!

- [Announcer] Christ Manuel Garcia. Diego M. Garcia. Geniva Michelle Garcia. Jorell Darian Garcia. Justin Kenneth Garcia. Marisa J. Garcia. Brandon R. Garcia-Torres. Jaylin J. Gerhardt. Kyler Michael Glade. Daniel Gladfelter. Kameron C. Glover. Adriana Lily Goke. Jeramiah Paul Gomez. Mariana Milagros Gomez-Gutierrez. Christopher Andrew Gonzales. Elijah Gonzales. Faith Marie Gonzales. Isaiah Gonzales. Cesar A. Gonzalez Jr. Madison Lee Granger. Blaine Dean Grant. Jalontae DeMario Gray. Madison Louise Griego. Jazmine Alisa Gurule. Angel A. Gutierrez.

- [Announcer] Michael Jacob Gutierrez. Addison Paige Hader. Tavian Michael Hart. Sitara Mary Haynes. Mariah Jasmine Hern-Padilla. Aidon L. Hernandez. Christopher Jacob Hernandez.

- [Student] Yeah, Chris!

- [Announcer] Chassity Belle Herrera. Alice Tanner Herring. Rachel Diana Bogart Hess. Timothy Daniel Hibben. Chase Steven Holley. Vaneka Esperanza Hoskie. Ryan Patrick Howe. Chelsea Madison Hunter. Michael Anthony Hunter. Taylor Alexander Paul Hunter. Bethanie Anne Nicole Ishmael. Marley Elena Jameson-Sisneros. Jarrod A. Jaramillo. Madison Taylor Jaramillo. Haley Jellison. Wyatt Dylan Lee Jim. Jaden R. Johns. Monica Rose Johnson. Takota Johnson. Leah Marie Jones. Matthew Joshua Jones. Brittney Juancho. Gabriella Elise Jurado. Devon Ulrich Juvinall-Rightley. Jeremy K. Kalminski.

- [Announcer] Dajenai Destiny Kemp. Adam Everett Kent. Marshall William Kent. Lizelle C. Khieu. Hannah R. King. Emma Grace Kirchgessner. Amalia Louisa Kissner. Shayna Margaret Kymes. Everette Thomas La Plante. Prospero N. Lane. Anthony Sandoval Laws. Ameeya Jayden Ledoux-Davis. Brook Isabella Leger. Gillian Autumn Litton. Brenden Michael Lockwood. Miranda Rae Lohkamp. Robert Eugene Long. Kamryn Alliyah Lopez. Tomas C. Lopez. Wyatt Liam Lopez. Roque Leroy Lopez-McCoy. Savannah Rose Lovato. Elijah Harrison Lucas. Alexandra Marisol Lucero. Isaac Anthony Lucero. Marlei Eliza Lucero. Matias C. Lucero. Namira Renalda Lucero. Kalli Raquel Lucki. Jacquelin Danielle Lujan. Cesar Sebastian Madrid.

- [Announcer] Sefilina Malaya Maile. Benjamin C. Manzano. Ruben Patrick Mares. Victoria R. Mares. Emiliano Isaiah Mariscal. Marissa Jenae Marquez. Aaron Zinjazit Martinez. Aiden Charles Martinez. Jacob Isaiah Martinez. Lorena Marisela Martinez. Lucius P. Martinez. Matthew S. Martinez. Rebecca Randi Martinez. Hayden P. Mathis. Naomi Catherine Mauldin. Haley Nicole McBride. Spencer John McBride. Jacob Derek McClain. Nakayla Monet McClelland. Noah Matthew McDonald. Mercedez Monique Lekesha McFadden. Devin Mitchell McGuire. Ashley Yahari Medrano. Denae J. Melvin-Wagner. Alexa Viani Mendoza. Alyssa Marie Mendoza. Braunwyn Taylor Mendoza. James Erwin Mercier III. Sarah Bethany Miera. Grace Y. Miller. Lucas Connor Mills. Madison Rae Monnheimer.

- [Announcer] Daisha Montano-Baca. Anthony S. Montoya. Joseph Claudio Montoya. Mariquita Maria Montoya. Olivia Elizabeth Montoya. Andrew Shemar Moore. Ryan M. Moore-Apodaca. Makayla Marlene Moraga. Dylan Xavier Morales. Tyler Jesse Mordecai. Brandon Scott Morgan. Cayce William Morgan. Glen Gary Moses. Devyn M. Moya. Jordan J. Mueller. Clinton C. Muncy. Nisrene Rae Nassar. Peytton Olivas Newcomer. Ezra T. Newell. Hailey Caitlyn Nez. Ailan T. Nguyen. Cindy Nguyen. Li Kong Nguyen. Thai Thun Nguyen. Victoria Faith Nguyen. Sage Madison Nicholas. Thomas Hunter Novicki. Ashleigh Marie O'Daniel. Nicholas J. O'Hara. Alyssa Renee Ortega. Julian Ortega. Lorenz Angelo Ortega.

- [Announcer] Mariano E. Ortiz. Nevaeh Enorle Ortiz. Wiatt Ray Osborn. Cameron Lee Overbay. David Ray Padilla. Jacob Durant Padilla. Patrick George Panagopoulos. Meredith Belisha Pankratz. Kiara I. Pasillas. Jacob Guy Patton. Joseph Cole Patton. Aubrianna Peacock. Hayden Gary Peacock. Alyssa Renee Pena. Jenica Lexis Penman.

- [Woman] Go Jenica!

- [Announcer] Benjamin Abel Perez. Isabella Renee Perez. Jeremy Miguel Perez. Lauren Noelle Perseo. Karla Poblano-Rodriguez. Eli A. Powell. Avery N. Quijano.

- [Woman] Yeah, Avery, woo!

- [Announcer] Emily Ryan Quinones. Aja Ruby Quintana. Joslin Rose Quintana. Oona Ariela Quintana. Elijah Matthew Rael. Alejandro Jesus Ramirez. Cierra N. Ramirez. Evan William Henry Rand. Sarai Maria Edel Rankin. Jenna Renne Reeder.

- [Announcer] Savanna Rebecca Renteria. Alejandro Roman Reyes. Kyle Thomas Rhoades. Angelica Christine Rivera. Julia Elizabeth Rivera. Martin Rivera. Sierra Mercedes Rivera. Alexia Lenay Romero. Cristian Carlos Romero. Klorissa Alisha Romero. Sara Nicole Romero. Selena Monique Romero. Krystle Renee Romo. Skylor Jackson Rose. Emmanuel Esaie Ruiz. Gabrielle Marisa Ruiz. Leonardo Miguel Ruiz. Stephanie Anne Rule. Garrett Hunter Sachs. Kassandra Renee Salazar. Marissa Linda Salazar. Taelor Alicia Salazar. Destiny Brianna Lee Sanchez. Ethan Keenan Sanchez. Jared C. Sanchez. Kristen Nicole Sanchez. Malachi S. Sanchez. Lizandra Sanchez-Bustamante. Angelica Marie Sandoval. Elijah Blue Sandoval. Mariza Reina Sandoval.

- [Announcer] Nathan Edward Sandoval. Skylar Catherine Sandoval. Zachary T. Sandoval. Shane Saichim Sayamontry. Minah M. Scutt. Jarod Marshall Searcy-Ortega. Brandon L. Sena. Quinten C. Sena.

- Yeah, Quinten.

- Yeah, Quinten.

- [Announcer] Anthony Diego Sharma. Laura Ellen Shaw. Corinne Zeda Shure. Brandon Javon Sierra. Bridget Laura Simpson. Shawn Paul Smart. Aiden Josiah Smith.

- [Student] Yeah, Aiden!

- [Announcer] Caitlin Mariah Smith. Chloe Audry Smith. Hannah Marie Smith. Quinn Compton Smith. Hannah Elaine Smith-Fay. Xander William Sorenson. Donavin Thomas Soto. Ashley Vai Sparks. Sierra Loray Stock. Jax Strech. Christopher Xavier Tapia. Kyra Sage Tetrick. Harrison H. Thomas. Marley I. Thomas. Zakrye Dylan Toliver. Alyssa M. Torres. Gabrielle Rachel Torres.

- [Announcer] Skyler Jade Torres. Maryssa Faith Trujillo. Matthew Raymond Trujillo. Patience Marie Trujillo. Bo V. Truong. Tyesha Tsikewa. Jordan Faith Valdez. Brianna I. Valenzuela. Gregory Isaiah Abel Varela. Gabriel Luis Vasquez. Joshua Daniel Vega. Andres Jose Vigil. Naabaahii Lukesbay Vigil. Destiny Hope Villescas. Victoria Wahl. Lesa Rae Waterer. Chevonne Celeste Watson. Taylor Diane Watts. Aaris Bailey Webber. Gilbert Joseph White. Thomas Andrew Williams. Kenzie Lee Wilmert. Brandon Lee Winsor. Karl Brian Wolfley. Jaziah Jeffrey Wood. Jonathan Scott Wooster. Brenden T. Wysynski. Garrett Lee Yancy. Kristin A. Young-Almaraz. Aaron Joshua Zambrano. Marissa Dawn Zamora. Caitlyn M. Zang. Raul Antonio Zea. And in memoriam, Ryan Andres.

VICKIE BANNERMAN: At this time I'd like to please present to you for closing remarks, Student Body Class President, Vaneka Hoskie.

VANEKA HOSKIE: We only arrived here four short years ago, and now the time to graduate has finally come. We are all here today, ready to take the next step into the rest of our lives. We started this journey together, and now we are ending it together, ready to pave our own paths and start our journeys that are entirely ours. Regardless where we go and what we do after this, there are challenges ahead of us. I challenge everyone here to do that, all that you can do to reach your full potential. We are the future, it is in our hands now. Remember not only where you are going but where you came from. Oh, the places you'll go.

VICKIE BANNERMAN: Class of 2019, please stand. At this time, please turn your tassels. Congratulations, Class of 2019. You are graduated.

Volcano Vista High Class of 2019 Commencement Information

Platform Guests:

  • APS Leadership: Dr. Richard Bowman, Yvonne Garcia
  • APS Board Members: Peggy Muller-Aragon, Elizabeth Armijo
  • Volcano Vista Administration & Staff: Dr. Vickie Bannerman, Principal; Travis Crawley, Class of 2019 Sponsor; Douglas Goodfellow, Faculty; Michelle Allen, Assistant Principal; Manuel Alzaga, Assistant Principal; Paula Nunez, Assistant Principal
  • Valedictorian: Zachary Bernius
  • Salutatorian: Dhara Eizaguirre
  • Senior Class Officers: Quinn Smith Jr., President; Miranda Lohkamp, Vice President; Nakayla McClelland, Vice President; Nic Estrada, Secretary
  • Student Body Officers:  Vaneka Hoskie, PResindet; Chevonne Watson, Vice President; Nellie Ella, Secretary; Sandra Dorr, Treasurer; Nic Estrada, Liaison

Graduates:

2019 List of Graduates (PDF)


Class Flower: Sunflower
Class Song: "Good Life" by Kanye West

Commencement Program

  • Welcome: Dr. Vickie Bannerman Principal, Principal of Volcano Vista High School
  • Processional: "Pomp and Circumstance," Edward Elgar. Performed by the Volcano Vista Hawk Band, with Paul Blakey, Director
  • Presentation of Colors: Volcano Vista High School AFJROTC, Major Tom Campbell
  • "National Anthem," Francis Scott Key. Performed by Volcano Vista Hawkettes Varsity Choir with Evan Stoor, Director
  • Introduction of the Platform Guests: Nic Estrada, Senior Class Secretary
  • Commencement Address: Given by Valedictorian Zachary Bernius and Salutatorian Dhara Eizaguirre
  • “Let it All Go,” Birdy (arr. Erin Beaudet). Performed by Volcano Vista Hawkettes Varsity Chorus with Evan Stoor, Director
  • Final Remarks: Quinn Smith Jr., Miranda Lohkamp, Nakayla McClelland, Nic Estrada, Class of 2019 Officers
  • "Halleluja," Cohen. Performed by Lydia Alba
  • Presentation of Class: Dr. Vickie Bannerman, Principal, Volcano Vista High School
  • Closing Remarks: Vaneka Hoskie, Student Body President 2019
Top 20 Students
RankStudentGPA
1 Zachary Bernius 4.825
2 Dhara Eizaguirre 4.775
3 Anthony Sharma 4.725
4 Mariza Sandoval 4.693
5 Oluoma Edeh 4.680
6 Sandra Dorr 4.661
7 Nicolas Estrada 4.644
8 Quinn Smith 4.638
9 Francis Bui 4.635
10 Meredith Pankratz 4.599
11 Eli Powell 4.584
12 Emma Kirchgessner 4.578
13 Kayla Duncan 4.575
14 Madison Granger 4.546
15 Sefilina Maile 4.535
16 Laura Shaw 4.525
17 Hannah Smith 4.525
18 Stephanie Rule 4.515
19 Brook Leger 4.511
20 Takota Johnson 4.499
Honor Cords
HonorCord Color
Art National Honor Society Multi
Bilingual Purple/Black
English National Honor Society Blue/Gold
French National Honor Society Blue/White
Math National Honor Society Yellow/Lt. Blue
Music National Honor Society Pink
National Honor Society Blue/Gold
Quill & Scroll Navy
Spanish National Honor Society Red/Yellow
TSA Red/White/Blue
Thespian Royal Blue/Yellow