This afternoon, the Board of Education honored dozens graduating high school students for their incredible academic achievements at a reception in the Metro Schools Board room. Students from nearly every high school were there to accept awards and receive congratulations from Board representatives and other district leaders.
“This is one of our favorite events all year, and we feel privileged to have the opportunity to honor these young people who are working so hard to achieve their dreams,” said Board of Education Chair Dr. Sharon Gentry. “Every Metro Schools graduate has a lot to be proud of, and we look forward to congratulating them at graduation ceremonies over the next two weeks.”
Students honored at the event include valedictorians, salutatorians and National Merit Scholars, as well as one student with 13 straight years of perfect attendance, from kindergarten through graduation.
Graduation ceremonies start tonight with Nashville Big Picture High School students receiving diplomas at 6:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Whites Creek. In all, 26 ceremonies will take place May 12-26. The last day of school for students is Wednesday, May 27.
With less than a week to go until graduation ceremonies begin, students, families and teachers across Nashville are preparing to celebrate the outstanding achievements of every Metro Schools graduate. There will be 26 ceremonies held in arenas, school auditoriums, college campuses and even the Grand Ole Opry house in a two-week period, April 12-26.
IMPORTANT: Due to forecasted rain, Stratford STEM Magnet High School has moved its graduation to the TSU Gentry Center.
See the full graduation schedule with dates, times and locations for each school.
In addition to the honor of receiving a high school diploma, most schools will also honor the top performing students of each graduating class. The 2015 Valedictorians and Salutatorians are:
|Antioch High School||Nardeen Samih Fayik||Dina M. Mikaiel|
|Cane Ridge High School||Merna Auype El Sols||Marina Ramzy|
|East Nashville Magnet School||Jostyn Hodges||Katherine Climaco Benitez|
|Glencliff High School||Elizabeth Narvaez-Vega||Abdel Kareem Moadi|
|Hillsboro High School||Alex Jolly||Leah Daniel|
|Hillwood High School||Heaven Anhalt||Kenan Sakic|
|Hume-Fogg Magnet High School||Kathryn Elizabeth Pickrell||Madison Leigh Cuthbertson|
|Hunters Lane High School||Kallen Shea Donaghey||Virginia Cruz Victorio|
|LEAD Academy High School||Antonio Onwu||Victoria Stafford|
|Maplewood High School||David Medina||Jevonna Nicole Holbert|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School||Bushra Rahman||Camron Shirkhodaie|
|McGavock High School||Christopher Harris Taylor III||Allison Paige Woomer|
|MNPS Middle College High School||Naba Saleh Al-Akashi||Eva Maria Thomason|
|MNPS Virtual School||Madeline Ruth Milam Murphy||Lexie Amber Nance|
|Nashville Big Picture High School||DeWanna Andrea Williams||DiKaysia M. Buchanan|
|Nashville School of the Arts||Sophia Regina Allison &Allison Morgan Ullein||Jenise Krisstarrah Williams|
|Overton High School||Catherine Elizabeth English||Maylan Daniel Mehus|
|Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School||Darryl Lamont Harris, Jr.||Adrian Jaques Prather|
|Stratford STEM Magnet High School||Nazje Tanae Mansfield||Hong Sheng Shi|
|Whites Creek High School||Joanna Brooke Yant||Adriana Nichole Buchanan|
Next week, the Board of Education will honor these students, as well as those who have earned even more academic distinctions this year, at the annual Salute to Excellence. Student achievements include perfect scores on the ACT, National Merit Scholarship Finalists and even one student with 13 years of perfect attendance, kindergarten through graduation.
Salute to Excellence
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
Metro Schools’ Board Room
2601 Bransford Avenue, 37204
After a year of hard work – make that very hard work – we’re almost to the finish line. Graduation will soon be upon us (take look at the schedule right here), and high schools have crowned their 2014 Valedictorians and Salutatorians.
At Tuesday’s Board meeting, Dr. Register and the Board honored those students at the annual Salute to Excellence. Take a look:
In addition to the class leaders, the Board also honored Donnomeachi Brittain, who hasn’t missed a day of school since kindergarten. That’s right: perfect attendance for 13 years straight. What an amazing accomplishment!
The 2014 Valedictorians and Salutatorians are:
|Vedron Vujic||Antioch High School||Valedictorian|
|Clayton Thomas||Antioch High School||Salutatorian|
|Monica Eshak||Cane Ridge High School||Valedictorian|
|Nicole Webb||Cane Ridge High School||Salutatorian|
|Hector Guillen||East Nashville Magnet School||Valedictorian|
|Jihan Eli||East Nashville Magnet School||Salutatorian|
|Maria Araujo||Glencliff High School||Valedictorian|
|Madlain Atia||Glencliff High School||Salutatorian|
|Emma Kingsbury||Hillsboro High School||Valedictorian|
|Mason Freeman||Hillsboro High School||Salutatorian|
|Yaswin Telwar||Hillwood High School||Valedictorian|
|Su Kang||Hillwood High School||Salutatorian|
|Qiaozhi Guo||Hume-Fogg Magnet High School||Valedictorian|
|Tiannan Zhou||Hume-Fogg Magnet High School||Salutatorian|
|Karla Robles||Hunters Lane High School||Valedictorian|
|Joselito Ramirez||Hunters Lane High School||Salutatorian|
|Toya Jordan||Maplewood High School||Valedictorian|
|Manuel Colon||Maplewood High School||Salutatorian|
|Janie Liu||Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School||Valedictorian|
|Eric Jiang||Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School||Salutatorian|
|Gregory Gilbert||McGavock High School||Valedictorian|
|Colleen Cochran||McGavock High School||Salutatorian|
|Megan Goolsby||MNPS Middle College High School||Valedictorian|
|Tianna Ewing||MNPS Middle College High School||Salutatorian|
|Madison Kosak||MNPS Virtual School||Valedictorian|
|Tessa Sanders||MNPS Virtual School||Salutatorian|
|Kaleb Briggs||Nashville Big Picture High School||Valedictorian|
|Monica Moran||Nashville Big Picture High School||Salutatorian|
|Rachel Holloway||Nashville School of the Arts||Valedictorian|
|Benjamin Parks||Nashville School of the Arts||Salutatorian|
|Ruth Steele||John Overton High School||Valedictorian|
|Benjamin Demonbreun||John Overton High School||Salutatorian|
|Angela Wesson||Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School||Valedictorian|
|Myia Wright||Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School||Salutatorian|
|Tauniasha Boleyjack||Stratford STEM Magnet High School||Valedictorian|
|Ashley Raines||Stratford STEM Magnet High School||Salutatorian|
|Simone Williams||Whites Creek High School||Valedictorian|
|Heta Patel||Whites Creek High School||Salutatorian|