‘Congraduations’ to the Class of 2016: SHS graduates come together at commencement

On Friday, June 10, Southington High School celebrated 490 graduating seniors during commencement activities on Fontana Field. Graduates Steve Salmon and Mark Threlkeld, above, celebrate with their classmates at the end of the ceremony.

On Friday, June 10, Southington High School celebrated 490 graduating seniors during commencement activities on Fontana Field. Graduates Steve Salmon and Mark Threlkeld, above, celebrate with their classmates at the end of the ceremony. (For a complete list of graduates, page to the bottom of this post)

By TAYLOR HARTZ
STAFF WRITER

In her final moments as a Blue Knight senior, Emily Sargent stood before friends, family, and faculty to sing the national anthem at the Southington High School commencement ceremony on Friday, June 10. Just before the second verse of The Star-Spangled Banner, her microphone cut out.

Sargent kept singing, and turned to her classmates.

At first there was silence. Then the faint sound of Sargent continuing the anthem made its way to the crowded bleachers. Then, slowly, but surely, the volume grew, as the SHS class of 2016 joined their classmate in song.

Applause erupted on and off the field when the anthem finished, for students and faculty who sang along proudly.

“That is the image of the Class of 2016 that I will have in my mind forever,” said Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski. “When they sang the national anthem, I saw the way they handled themselves with respect and class. I felt a level of respect I have never felt before.”

Students in the Class of 2016 line up to receive their diplomas on Friday, June 10.

Students in the Class of 2016 line up to receive their diplomas on Friday, June 10.

The ceremony celebrated 490 seniors becoming SHS alumni on Friday evening – flipping their tassels, posing for photos, and holding their diplomas proudly in the air. Before their much-anticipated commencement, a few students had the opportunity to share their advice and well wishes with fellow graduates.

SHS student body president Andrew Rogalski followed the anthem performance with a patriotic speech about what it means to be an American, and a Blue Knight.

“We don’t give up when things are wrong, instead we keep pushing forward to make them right once again, and that is a quality that makes me proud of my country, and even more so, the class of 2016,” said Rogalski.

He urged his classmates to leave SHS in pursuit of innovation and intelligence, and to tackle problems they encounter in their community, and their nation.

“We are the next generation of this country’s 240-year story, and now it’s our turn to write the next chapters,” said Rogalski. “The class of 2016 has the ability to mend all of the problems that we see before us.”

Class President Andrew Rogalski embraces his classmate, essayist Natalia Gimenez, at the podium between their speeches.

Class President Andrew Rogalski embraces his classmate, essayist Natalia Gimenez, at the podium between their speeches.

Class salutatorian Emily Maciejewski shared that although she learned a great deal at SHS, she hopes her classmates will move forward toward new experiences—whether it be college, entering the work force, or military service.

“While high school provides the springboard for the future, this should not be where we peak,” said Maciejewski. “While we will always be Blue Knights, high school is only the beginning.”

Following performances by the SHS band and chorus, the students also heard speeches from Goralski, Superintendent of Southington Public Schools Timothy Connellan, and their principal, Brian Stranieri.

Goralski said that, as he does each year, he turned to SHS students for inspiration for his graduation speech. This year, he met with an American Cultures class with students from all academic levels. When he asked these students to describe their class, he heard words like family, community, involved, respectful, united, strong, innovated, and proud.

One students’ word choice stuck out to him – ubiquitous. An adjective that means “present, appearing, or found everywhere.”

Goralski told the Class of 2016 to have a ubiquitous influence on the town, to remember Southington will always stand behind them, and to know that “the positive influence you have had on this community will be felt for years.”

(Page down for a complete list of SHS graduates in the Class of 2016)

Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS

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The following is a list of graduates (*High Honors, +Honors):

A

*Michael Robert Aberizk; *Andrew John Ackerman; *Steven Thomas Adams; +Christian Yamil Aguayo; *Evan David Aiudi; *Leandro Antonio Alabado Alejandro; *Griffin Richard Alix; *Kayla Rose Allaire-Gardner; *Kelsea Allen; *Paige Marie Allen; +Kaitlyn Nicole Anderson; +Matthew James Andrini; *Erin Rose Angelillo; Dominic Joseph Annunziata; *Timothy Peter Anop; *Andrew Carl Ardolino; *Jonathan Nelson Ardolino; *Jacob Michael Armstrong; and Mevlan Asipi.

B

*Ciara Noelle Backus; *Alicia Marie Badorek; *Angela Nicole Balaoing; Trevor Austin Baracchi; *Joshua Michel Barry; Aryana Noelle Bechtold; *Matthew Paul Becotte; *Quinn Anthony Becotte; *Mikayla Lee Bedell; *Shallynn Ivy Beerbaum; +Jesse Vincent Bellemare; +Jake Thomas Bentz; Joseph John Bernetti; +Wiktor Franciszek Berniak; *Kimberly Libby Biela; *Aleksandra Anna Bieniek; Brandon James Birmingham; Thomas John Birmingham; Michela Rachael Blake; +Kylie Taylor Blazek; Ryan Donald Bleau; *Nathan Michael Blitz; Makayla Rae Bonenfant; +Christopher Michael Borkowski; Jasmine Elizabeth Boschulte; Jeffrey Bowman; *Alexa Niccole Bracken; Ashley Madison Brasile; *Nicole Ann Breedlove; +Christine Elizabeth Brilla; *James Andrew Brino; Cody Dennis Brown; *Rachel Jordan Bruno; +Austin Andrew Bull; *Kyle Andrew Bunko; *Ryan Patrick Burrill; *Samantha Joan Butlien; Daniel Butterly; Jacob Caine Buzzell; and +Kevin Andrew Byrnes.

C

+Lauren Ann Cafasso; Nicolas Ryan Caiaze; *Rebecca Morgan Caisse; +Cassandra Emily Callaghan; Nicole E. Calver; *Brooke Alexandra Camden; *Anthony Michael Cammuso; *Grace Elizabeth Cardozo; +Tyler John Carmichall; Christopher Michael Carozza; *Raegan Elizabeth Casarella; +Sierra Ashlee Casciano; *Victoria Elizabeth Castillo; Lexy Celella; *Kays Arjin Cetin; *Katelin Hope Chamberland; *Benjamin Carl Chasse; *Jacob Christopher Chasse; *Fizza Shahzad Chaudhry; *Luis Chadwick Chavez; *Payton Lynne Chiaro; *Nicole Cecile Christensen; *Courtney Marie Christino; Aiden Michael Chubet; Matthew George Cianciolo; +Sarah Jo Cipollini; *Timothy Daniel Cocozza; +Hannah Leigh Comparone; Lexus Diamond Conaway; Jose Antonio Concepcion; *Jennifer Anne Congdon; *Adam Griffin Cormier; +Athena Mariah Cote; *Hayley Jean Crafts; *Olivia Patricia Cranney; Destiny Ann Cruz; Brian Valery Culotta; Keanu Jakai Cummings; Nicole Theresa Cyr; and Samuel Lawrence Cyr.

D

*Jacob Paolo D’Alessandro; +Patrick Dabrowski; *Tessa Alexandra Daly; Tyler William Daniels; Senton Dautllari; Alyssa Joanne Debbisi; +Anna Daniela DeCroce; +Andrea Clarice Defeo; Hunter Anthony DeFrancesco; Anthony Carl DeGennaro; +Margaux Lee Degumbia; Liam Edward Delahunty; *Sarah Claire Delaney; Gabriella Annalise DelGreco; Adam Dell; Austin Jacob DellaVecchia; Kyra Paige DeLuco; George Christopher Desiderio; Aaron Michael Desprey; +Margo Renee DeVore; Alessio Marcelo Diana; *Jack Wesley Dietz; *Christie Marie Dizenzo; *Sarah Julia Dolan; *Connor Edward Dombal; *Kealey Bridget Donahue; *Adam Jared Dorau; *Steven Raymond Dorzens; +Jonathan Richard Doty; Bryan Thomas Doucette; *Bryan Murphy Doyle; *Hali Marie Doyon; +Marissa Noel-Mae Drivdahl; Darci Mae Drzewiecki; *Rachel Leigh Dufresne; and Ryan Michael Duncan.

E

+Spencer David Eaton; *Kristen Victoria Elliott; *Megan Marie Enright; and +Heatherann Edna Esden.

F

*Daniel George Fagan; *Kathryn Grace Falcetti; *Nicholas Ryan Falco; +Skye Ashley Farago; *Drew Thomas Farkas; Luke David Ferreira; Julian Cristiano Figueiroa; Vincenzo Giuseppe Fiorello; *Jarod Alec Florian; Charles Edward Foulk IV; *Tyler Dean Fox; +Hannah LeBlanc Francis; Michael Allen Frappier; Riley Weber Freehling; and *Katrina Marie Furgalack.

G

Benjamin Wayne Gaedeke; Daria Rose Gagnon; *Jessica Nicole Gagnon; *Victoria Anne Gagnon; *Paul Michael Gambardella; +Christopher Joseph Gamber; *Michaela Rae Ganezer; Marc James Garcia; Rebecca Janet Garfield; Sean Kevin Garrison; +Taylor Gail Garry; Elijah Angel Gaudalupe; *Cassandra Michele Gaudio; Victoria Ann Gentile; *Sarah Elizabeth Gerrish; Anna Elizabeth Gerwig; Julia Nicole Gilbert; *Natalia Gimenez; Michael Thomas Gioia; *Michelle Susan Glowasky; Elwood Francis Goding; *Trevor James Godston; Manuel Gonzalez; Kaylee Nicole Goodrich; Margarita Sofya Gordon; Ryan Gregory Gorr; *Kaylee Rose Graef; *Bethany Rose Greenlaw; Katherine Marie Greer; +Justine Renée Griffin; Gavin Phillip Griffis; *Nicole Ann Groll; Jamie Kathleen Gryk; and Garrett Edward Gugliotti.

H

*Megan Frances Hamilton; Dominic Thomas Hamm; John William Hammersley; Emily Ann Hanson; Taahir Ejazz Harris; Austin Tyler Hochstrate Hamera; Mitchell Dean Hotham; *Jessica Ann Howe; *Mark George Howland; *Danielle Rose Hughes; and Megan Danielle Hyman.

I

Thomas Joseph Infante; *Christopher William Iverson; and *Julia Nicole Izydorczak.

J

*Danielle Nicole Jaffer; Corey Jonah Johnson; *Jenny Alexandra Johnson; Caitlyn Renee Jones; *Samantha Mary Jones; *Kayla Ann Judd; and Timothy Patrick Judd.

K

Orana Kaja; *Jessica Elizabeth Kane; +Krzysztof Kamil Kasinski; *Kayla Elizabeth Kavanagh; Taylor Renee Kavanah; +Hassan Afzal Khan; *Sana Tanveer Khan; *Alyssa Kizilski; +Jacob Kligerman; *Gregory Daniel Kloczko; *Laura Melissa Koba; *Visal Kong; +Ryan Joseph Kosienski; *Caitlyn Anne Krar; +Ashleigh Michaela Kristopik; Luke Thomas Krochko; *Reed Alexander Kroll; +Carter John Krzesik; Rachel Meagan Kuhr; *Kevin Alexander Kukla; +Dylan Zeus Kulas; +Kyle Joseph Kupstis; and Rachael Leigh Tarr Kurtz.

L

Kevin Allen Lalla; *Kyle Allen Lalla; *Sarah Elizabeth Lamb; Michael Patrick Lambert; Emily Eleanor Landino; Logan Joseph LaPorte; *Jessica Gail Lappen; +Kelly Lynn Lappen; +Logan Joseph LaRosa; Ian James Lawrence; +Keegan Crane Leahy; +Dylan Jacob LeBlanc; Jessica Sarah Lee; Gilberto Leon; Heather Danielle Letourneau; *Sylwia Lewkowicz; *Katie Ann Lindberg; Mark Andrew Lindberg; Kaitlyn May Lindsay; *Kristina Marie Linehan; *Maya Rachel Litke; *Jeffrey Ryan Lockwood; *Samantha Jo Lohneiss; Abigail Susan Lowe; *Scott Michael Lucian; and *Bryce Patrick Lynch.

M

*Emily Anne Maciejewski; *Lauren Yvonne Macri; *Salvatore Magnano III; Michael Alan Majchrzak; +Justin David Makles; Angel Joseph Mange; *Emily Rose Mankus; Leslie Robin Marcil; *Gage Rodney Marshall; Pierce John Martin; +Bryan Giovanni Massabni; Erica Frances Masse; Desiree Mathers;

Mya Venantius Maxwell; David Vincent McCormick; Blake Thomas McDonald; Justin Reece McGovern; *Colton Michael McInnis; *Kelly Bridget McKenna; *Brianah Jade Mclean; Ryan Kevin McLin; *Morgan Elizabeth McNamara; *Steven Andrew McPherson; *John Philip Meade; +Lindzay Medeiros; *Jordan Alexander Meier; Jesse Melgar; Nicholas Franco Melillo; Storm Lee Mercado; Shayna Merdaa; Logan Alexander Miller; *Christopher John Minkiewicz; *Kaylah Dahnay Miron; *Kelsey Lupita Molina; +Jonathan Hans Moller; +Annie Elizabeth Mongillo; *Caroline Anne Mongillo; Max Stephen Mongillo; Melissa Morelli; *Tyler Mathew Morgan; +Austin Michael Morin; +Jacob Riley Morrell; *Parker Bennett Mulholland; *Haley Anne Mullin; *Brandon Joseph Murray; Brianna Marie Muscio; and Isaiah Joseph Mushrall.

N

Ashley Sarah Nafis; +Nathaniel Ryan Nagorski; +Catherine Lloyd Najarian; *Gabrielle Lauranna Napoli; *Matthew Albert Natelli; *Alexis Caitlyn Negron; *David J Nelson; Andrew John Newman; *Kasey Lee Newman; +Christopher John Niemierowko; *Nicole Paige Nyerick; and *Olivia Leigh Nyerick.

O

*Shannon Kimberley O’Connor; Kellie Mae Odette; and *Nicholas Ferdinand Ottalagana.

P

Jacob Alexander Pabst; Tiffany Amber Palmieri; +Mackenzie Emily Parks; +Ryan Shawn Partiss; *Sarah Eileen Parzych; *Kushal Bhavesh Patel; Alexander Khalel Patrick; *Alissa Karolyn Paul; *Giavonna McKenzi Paulus; Kaylee Marie Pawlak; *Katherine Rose Peccerillo; +Dane Michael Penksa; *Lauren Nicole Perkowski; Daniela Sara Perone; *Valerie Mary Perzanowski; *Niels Justin Peschel; *Christopher Michael Pestillo; +Briana Alyssa Petta; *Nicholas Alfred Pierson; *Jami Rae Pliego; *Kali Marie Pliego; *Brandon Michael Porter; *Sofia Marie Possidento; Malik James Powell; *Bailey Jean Powers; *Emma Lynn Powers; and *Devin Michael Prive.

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*Katrina Lynn Quoka.

R

*Griffin Scott Ramey; Arianna Lee Ramirez; *Alex Ernest Rasten; *Renz Patrick Rebeca; Rebecca Ann Reinhard; Kegan Louis Relihan; Desmen Darnel Restrepo; *Sofia Annette Ricciardi; Nathan Michael Richter; *Natalie Rose Rickard; *Allie Nicole Rinaldi; Savanna Lee Rivera; +John Francis Rivers; *Erin Kathleen Roach; Daniel Christopher Robinson; *Gabriella Ann Roccasecca; Alyxis Catalina Rodriguez; Michael-Cesar Rodriguez; Tyler James Roecker; *Andrew John Rogalski; *Trever Medeiros Rogers; +Jasen David Rose; *Domenic Stephen Rossi; +Kalista Rose Ruoff; Wesley Simpson Rushing; *Michael Joseph Ruszczyk; Daniel Matthew Rutkowski; and Gabriel Rzadkiewicz.

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*Benjamin Vincent Sadlowski; *Stephen Philip Salmon; Manjot Singh Samra; *Amanda Karnika Sao; +Fatima Saqab; *Brenna Marie Sarantides; *Emily Jeanne Sargent; Damian Patryck Savage; Christopher William Scanlon; Eric James Scanlon; *Samantha Schiffer; Alexis Nicole Schipritt; *Matthew Alexander Schmidt; Erik David Schneider; *Allison Mara Schroeder; *Jessica Taylor Seitz; *Lauren Eve Semataska; *Amy Serrano; *Jhanvi Dharmesh Shah; *Sarah Sherwill; Riyaben Ajaykumar Sheth; Jonathan Bradley Shine; *Morgan Patricia Shubert; *Brett Nolan Simms; *Cole Sebastian Simoneaux; Ethan Alexander Sioch; *Robert Joseph Sirko; Thomas Joseph Skawinski; Justin Christopher Sliker; *Valerie Elizabeth Slimskey; David Craig Smelley; *William James Smelley; *Alexander Gardner Smith; *Kelsey Shae Snodgrass; *Steven Sokolowski; *Jason Joseph Soltys; *Kyle James Somers; Chandler James Spencer; Andrew Benjamin Spitz; *Amelia Marie Sponauer; *Nicolette Marie St. Amand; Daryelle Kylee St. Laurent; Emily Elizabeth Stafford; *Michael Daniel Stafko; Kyle Clifford Stakey; +Mark Allyn Stalter; Kiersten Lynn Stanley; *Alexander Joseph Statkevich; Adam Joseph Stedman; *John Allen Stevens; Carmela Catherine Stewart; Alexis Precious Stohmal; Michelle Christine Stublarec; Nikko Lee Stulpin; *Erin Nicole Sullivan; +Daniel Justin Summa; Alyssa Dianne Swanson; and *Andrew Thomas Szandrocha.

T

+Andrew Tyler Szymanski; +Crystal-Lynn Marie Tcharkovsky; *Melanie Lauren Tedeschi; *James Harrison Terray; Jacob Patrick Testa; Paris Marie Testa; Amanda Annmarie Thompson; Brittany Alexandra Thornton; Mark Joseph Threlkeld; Cory Christopher Thurston; *Aaron Nicholas Tiscione; Veronica Gail Topa; *Jason Steven Tosta; Brandon Christopher Toth; *Kahli Marie Travers; +Nathan Quang Truong; *Katherine Anne Trykowski; *Krysta Tsangarides; and *Jennifer Anna Turci.

U

*Jenna Elizabeth Uba.

V

Amanda Lee Valerio; Tyler Garret Valle; Mikaela Rose Van Epps; Griffin Paul Vanduinen; Christopher Arturo Vega; +Delana Hope Veilleux; Thomas Francis Venice; *Diana Frances Verderame; Lucas James Vernale; *Matthew James Verrilli; Mark Philip Vitali; and *Edmond Keith Vitcavage.

W

*James Walter Wadman; *Natalie Kalea Wadolowski; Jacob Paul Walasewicz; *Abigail Cecelia Wallace; +Christasia Denyse Walton; Kayla Marie Ward; Savannah Victoria Waters; Madison Rose Wells; *Ryan James Wells; *Codie Anne Wershoven; Zackery Storm Westover; Alex Brian Whitford; *Lindsey Rose Witte; +Catherine Elizabeth Wormer; +Nicholas Daniel Worthington; and *Alexandra Wyluda.

XYZ

Dariusz Piotr Zajac; *Aron Francis Zamfino; *Joseph Allen Zavorskas; Joseph Manjunath Zembko; Aaron Joseph Zerbe; *Angelina Jennifer Zollo; *Gabriella Rose Zuk; and Andrew Joseph Zysk.

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