Green Run HS Graduation – Class of 2019

Green Run HS Graduation – Class of 2019

October 21, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


please remain standing
presentation please remain standing for the presentation of colors by the green
run and JROTC the national anthem will be performed under will be performed by
the green run magical ensemble under the performance of mrs. Jennifer Griffin you see the twilight’s last me to take a moment to remember the victims
of the Municipal Building tragedy including two who are green run high
school graduates Christopher Rapp and Bert Snelling
please bow your heads for a moment of silence to honor them their families and
those who are injured and are still recovering Oh please be seated good evening parents families esteemed
administration and most importantly green run high school class of 2019
my name is Willis award and it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2019
commencement ceremony of green run high school I want to take a moment to
recognize our distinguished guests and us that you please hold your applause
until everyone has been recognized from the Virginia Beach City Public Schools
department of schools leadership we welcome our superintendent and proud
green run alum dr. aaron spence chief of staff dr. mark bergen chief schools
officer dr. donald robertson junior and senior executive director of high school
mr. Daniel Kiefer from the Virginia Beach School Board
we are pleased to welcome mrs. Sharon Felton Miss Jessica Owens mr. nees Riggs
and mrs. Carolyn Rai representing Green run high school we have our principal
mr. Todd Tarkington our assistant principals mr. Jon Cosimo no miss Leslie
Lehner mrs. Mikaela Gilchrist an administrative assistant mrs. Curran
watch on this stage we also have our former assistant principal mrs.
Elizabeth Pickett an answer mr. mark Dyer our school improvement specialist
miss Bridget Berthold our valedictorian kaya wise and our salutatorian Megan
Horton finally we are fortunate to have with us today three former print
principals of green run high school mr. Wylie French dr. Joseph Ford and dr.
George Parker my sophomore year when I ran for junior
class president and lost my dad gave me a pep talk he told me no matter what I
do or what position I hold green run will know my name but for the past four
years my sister Stephanie and I have been referred to as the twins as Henry
Ford said if everyone is moving forward together then success takes care of
itself class of 2019 is very special because
even though we have only been a part of four of green runs 40 years it is clear
that we have left our mark on green runs history and green run has left a mark on
our lives it seems like only yesterday we were the annoying freshmen trying to
find a place to fit in we started counting down the years weeks and
eventually days to our freedom we thought we had our lives all planned out
when we became sophomores in our junior year we became upperclassmen and were
more prepared and confident to take over the school our senior year and now here
we are celebrating the 40 years of greatness together with no limits our
role has finally come to an end whether you’re counting down to college
move-in day or the first day of boot camp you’re off to great places today is
your day your mountain is waiting so get on your way dr. Seuss green run has
given me and everyone else so many memories to look back on from curve
checks on the swim bus and friendship bracelets with Walgren and Easton
afternoon chats with Miss Bernette and class activities with miss Rodriguez and
of course acquiring many banner skills of my SCA family I want to thank
all of you for an amazing high school experience I know you will work hard I
know you will do big things and as Stephanie would say keep calm and
Stampede on at this time I’d like to introduce our
salutatorian Megan Horton good evening soon-to-be graduates
teachers family and friends my name is Megan Horton I’m and I’m honored to be
part of the 2019 brain run high school graduating class before you is the stage
where upon our graduating students will cross and enter into a new stage in
their life take a moment before you cross to remember the four years that
prepared you for this moment whether your high school days were
filled with football games and swim meets or cheering on a basketball team
as they went to state for the first time in over 30 years the four years you
spent a Korean run have been unique and memorable green run is definitely not
your run-of-the-mill everyday school this school is amazingly diverse
it is filled with anyone and everyone who are different and extraordinary in
their own way and yet we all still manage to click just within our four
years we have proved that we are great if once an incident choose the
coincidence and three is a pattern what’s four four is four years at the
class of 2019 not throwing away or shot there’s a million things we haven’t done
but just you wait we’re celebrating not just four years of
greatness but continue on a legacy of 40 years of greatness with an abundance of
achievements during our days at grain run we have accomplished many things of
which to be proud my days at green run have been interesting to say the least
my four years were filled with JROTC drill academic and athletic meets waking
up at 4:00 a.m. for early-morning practice sorry mom and traveling with a
second family full of different and quirky personalities all the way down to
Florida to take home two national championships and two runner-up titles I learned to garner the utmost respect
for the two instructors who lead the program and will never forget them for
the rest of my life they made a real effort and put in more work than any
other adult in a position of shaping young people’s lives than I’ve ever met
a special thank you to these two first sergeant Robles and Commander Brown I will never forget them or the words they
always say when you’ve done something you probably shouldn’t repeat in the
future start doing push-ups before you leave the stage take a moment to
remember those who are part of our class but are not here today some have booths
with military families but while here made our memories richer we also had a
tragic loss with his curly hair simple smile and kind words
Robert Oswald was a part of us and touched main hearts including my own
remember him with fondness as always stallions remember where you’ve come
from this brought you to this point in your life on your road so far you’ve
been carrying on it doesn’t matter what brought you here or why you are here in
the end today as a green run graduate and that is an amazing accomplishment finally remind yourself that you are at
Green run stallion and that even after you leave this stage you will always be
a green run stallion every bit of time you spent a green run mattered don’t
forget the small things like the unique sound of mr. Walgreens laugh or the
abundance of kindness miss Foss and held within her for each and every student or
even the amazing life lessons provided by mr. Atkinson this is a family you
won’t ever forget and this is a day you will always be able to look back upon so
while you may be looking forward to the Future never forget your past here as a
stallion cherish all the memories you’ve made and consume
tons more I love you 3,000 class of 2019 Thank You Megan and now green runs
award-winning madrigals were perform my wish for you me I wish you
I wish me dreams that come true love is Oh Oh I miss you so we be and most importantly three-run high
school’s class of 2019 my name is saya wise and it is an honor
to the green runs of Ella’s Victorian I want to give thanks to my family for
their tireless support teachers and administrators for their constant
encouragement mentors for their endless guidance and fellow graduates for the
everlasting memory shared throughout this journey above all though I want to
thank God for making everything possible for about him
I am nothing like many of you I’ve also been waiting
for this day since kindergarten and it’s surreal to think that it’s finally here
we made it through our senior year full all-nighters tedious testing and the
dreadful disease called senioritis and for that we should be proud of ourselves graduation is one of the most important
events of our lives yet compared with everything that happened once we walk
across the stage grab our diplomas and exit the Convention Center doors this
single that won’t be the most meaningful moment of our lives now I know what
you’re thinking this took a sharp turn but hear me out
as I struggled writing the speech I began to reflect upon my high school
experience especially the events have built up to my senior year I remember
sitting in mr. buckles world geography class and during my freshman year and
hearing his life lesson that resonated with me throughout high school we are
the sum of our experiences I took this lesson to heart and I realized that it’s
our journeys that make life meaningful not the single events along the way
hearing this completely altered my thinking I will admit I spent most of my
high school career focused on titles when asked about my accomplishments I
find value in the National Honor Society president valedictorian in an Ivy League
student in the fall and and in the audience I’m sure that many
are still holding onto their recognition of being a team captain club officer and
just recently prom queen and king these labels and events may define us to our
peers in to our classmates but is what we do of our experiences that will
define who we are in the future and the impact we will make on the world during
my senior year one of the most meaningful things I have done was
conducting a year-long research project about mental health and schools with the
help of miss Bishop miss Slater mr. tarkington and of course you guys I
was able to utilize my experiences both good and bad to influence others I
managed to turn my battle with depression and anxiety to be able to
lead sessions on mental health awareness likewise I turned my pain into newfound
meeting in my life which gave me more compassion for others as I opened up
about my experiences emphasizing how things will always get better and
finding meaning in our experiences is what life is all about
as we enter college the workforce the military the common thread of our class
is how we are going to utilize our experiences to create a meaningful life
not only for ourselves but for others as well in the audience we have future
service members who will use their experiences in ROTC to save people’s
lives craftsman who found a new love of helping others through student
activities and will continue being an asset for all and future teachers who
will influence children in the same positive way they were influenced by our
stallion family once we walk across this stage tonight know that the Diploma you
receive today is representative of the many meaningful syriza’s that brought us
here today this diploma is our own personal
monument to our work our strength our sacrifice and our perseverance
outside of these doors lies a world that is ready for us it’s used all the tools
we acquired through our own personal journeys and stallions we are ready to
take on that world class of 2019 I congratulate you and I love you thank
you thank you for the many meaningful
memories and remember there is no limit to what we can do the green run stallion medallion has
been presented at our graduation ceremonies for the past 27 years the
medallion is presented to a select group of students nominated by a faculty
member who have contributed significantly to the excellence of green
run high school in academics activities or athletics and good citizenship each
of the students receiving a medallion this evening are extremely well rounded
and have found a remarkable balance between academic classes and
extracurricular activities each of them served as prime examples of what it
means to be a stallion our first stallion medallion will be presented by
Commander Curtis Brown to Jorge Khan mr. Jeff Warnock will present the next
stallion medallion to miss Victoria mcquay the next stallion medallion will
be presented by First Sergeant Felix Robles to Frances Perez miss Alison Hill will present the next
stallion medallion to miss kaya wise the final stallion medallion will be
presented by mrs. gender vine to mr. David White ladies and gentlemen I present to you
the class of 2019 stallion medallion recipients at this time we invite all
Green run high school alumni in attendance to please stand as the green
run madrigals sing the alma mater yes we distinguished guests parents and friends
of green run high school on behalf of the faculty staff and administration it
is an honor to share this tremendous occasion with you and our graduates to
those parents and relatives who serve our country both domestically and abroad
who are viewing this ceremony via the BBC live stream we welcome you and thank
you for your commitment and sacrifice in defense of our nation graduates today I
stand before you the proud principle of one of the best high schools in the city
of Virginia Beach you entered green run high school four years ago with various
goals and aspirations and it has truly been an honor to be a part of your
academic growth and development we placed high expectations upon you and I
greatly appreciate and applaud your efforts to continually rise up to those
expectations while your four years have been exceptional and unique this your
senior year has been even more momentous as it represents the school’s 40th year
we have not simply celebrated the age of a building but rather we have recognized
all of the greatness that is green run high school I am personally honored to
be surrounded by green run greatness up here on stage with the presence of three
former principals of green run high school including the founding principal
mr. French dr. Ford and dr. Parker many individuals have walked the halls of
green run and gone on to do great things and you are destined to follow in their
footsteps former Secretary of State and retired four-star general Colin Powell
once said there are no secrets to success it is the result of preparation
hard work and learning from failure I would add one more item to that list
and that’s establishing positive relationships I hope that you will look
back fondly over the past four years and think about the many positive
relationships that you have formed with your peers and your teachers I know that
I will remember coaching a group of freshman girls four years ago for the
powder puff football game and not realizing that greatness existed in the
twins who would go on to be this year’s senior class president and vice
president or that another of the young ladies would go on to be a two-sport
athlete all four years and will be continuing her academic and athletic
pursuits as a golfer at Hawaii Pacific University or that one of the young
ladies has the same beautiful name as the name of the street at which our
school resides Dalia I hope you will remember all of the good morning
handshakes high-fives fist bumps and birthday pencil deliveries so class of
2019 I challenge you to continue to prepare work hard learn from your
mistakes and build those positive relationships and consider the words of
actress Kerry Washington who said your life is your story and the adventure
ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential our 40th
graduating class has demonstrated high levels of achievement the class of 2019
has set itself apart from other classes in various ways for example this class
boasts members of a boys basketball team that qualified for the Virginia high
school league state tournament for the first time in 35 years among the members of this class are
state qualifiers in golf wrestling and track and field as well as individuals
selected for the all-state course this class helped green run demonstrate a
more innovative high school design by adopting a new lunch schedule and by
participating in a new student advisory program the number of students entering
a two-year or four-year college or the military continues to increase 112
students nearly 1/3 of the class have earned honor graduate status today this class has been offered over 11
million dollars in academic and athletic scholarships and we’ll graduate students who have
been chosen to attend some of the top universities in the country including
Cornell University the College of William and Mary Virginia Tech Auburn
University and the United States Naval Academy prep school just to name a few
they let our school in maintaining successful programs with the highest
level of sportsmanship in athletics and in providing high quality music art and
theater productions they participated in a NJ ROTC program that earned the
distinction of being one of the top two academic athletic and drill programs in
the country in fact the cadets in this class know no other result as they have
finished either first or second in the country at the Navy Nationals for the
past four years and were once again recognized as a distinguished unit with
academic honors this has truly been an exceptional class with 340 new green run
graduates this year our 40 year total now reaches over fourteen thousand four
hundred stallion alumni ladies and gentlemen I am exceedingly proud to
present to you our 40th graduating class wait till they get a deal Kyah
Louise wise with honors Megan Elizabeth Horton with honors
Melissa Marley ward with honors so hi Kelly
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William Edward Allen Allison Elizabeth all spa Ryan Paul all spa with honors
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Ryan Akeno Matthew jebin Aramis Joshua he Harrington with honors
Antonio Miguel Ascencio jamya Michelle Atkins with honors
Hayley Renee Bagley with honors Dione Alexis banks Ivan Miguel Barlow
Victoria ray Bell Douglas Oda Mae Beltran Herrera
Daquan Donnell bathia Frank Joseph Bendix jr. Cameron Lee
Bohan with honors John tell Demetrio lanai Bouldin with honors
Jordan Madison buer with honors car Priya and money Boone Rashid M de Mon borders Adam Bodi Chloe Louise Elizabeth Bolin
with honors Tyree Dwayne Bradley Jacob Michael Bradshaw with honors Tamara
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honors Amir Linwood Brinkley with honors Shania
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Tamiya hey Anya Bryant with honors Enrique Burgos jr. Skyler Jade casita
Ashley Elizabeth khempal Cedric Darrin Cano Khalid carballo Isis Bianca Carney
Elizabeth and car with honors Chandler James Carruthers Briana Asia Dupree
Carter alia Renee Cartwright’s Josiah Jermaine casein Jago Ahmadi Cervantes
with honors Esteban Marcos chavala jr. Veronica
Nicole Chapman Olivia Ann Marie Cohen with honors Dennis James Paul Junior record Richa Ricard Anthony Cole Quint
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Elisha James Greg’s Ashley may Griffin with honors Bruce
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Caitlin Louise Jacqueline’s with honors Andre Lorenzo James jr. Xavier Lamont
James with honors Isaiah Michael Jenkins with honors
Justin Jenkins sincere Jason Jenkins Dominique Alexis Jewess Kerry Lynn
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Veronica Johnson Kutner John Jolie with honors
Quinton Jones Nicholas Roy Kershaw Devon Mike McCalla / with honors
Zachary lead Knutson with honors George Louis Kahn the third with honors
Katherine Elizabeth LeClair Chloe off of lenders Darnell Leon
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Shannon LeBron Amaya Donna Lee rim Jo leach with honors
Kaneesha Nicole Lewisohn tonigh Adam a Lewis Avery Ellen Lynn stead
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Isaac clay Patrick Thomas Lowry Leila d’Alene Lucas with honors
Renee a Lucas Bailey Elizabeth loose with honors Eric
Ryan Madrid Alexis Renee medicine science Matthews cart rel Lima Karns the
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Emily McKean with honors Michael Thomas McCloud Jordan the joy
McNair Dylan Jacob McPherson Victoria Isabella mcquay with honors Joshua
Christopher melee with honors Glen Elizabeth Meyers Xavier Michael Michaud
Nathan Allen Magette Zaya Nevaeh Miller diamond patients Mitchell’s Gavin Damien
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Cameron Zoe Parker Ishmael cos Casio Preston Lee Pierce destiny Jade Pegram
Francis Joseph Perez the fourth with honors Kiara Madeleine Perez
sanaya Alana Phillips with honors Dustin Michael
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Chikara price with honors Tommy Lee Prince with honors Vanessa
Michelle friends Moses Daquan Pryor Emanuel Braun quarry
Jacqueline Brooke Ranger Shayla Nicole Redmond with honors Ashley Tracy and
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Olivia Margaret vo no Arturo Angelo Milken is with honors Jade
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hailey Marie Wallace Aliyah ward deja ward
Stephanie and ward with honors Tyler Anthony worried
Nakia Alexis Washington with honors Marissa
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Wells with honors silento – Shawn Douglas West’s Ezio
Dejan Wiggum marquis Jaquan whites nya Taisha white jasmine Morgan Whitehead
with honors Empress Celeste Whitfield David White Antonio Javon Williams Jodi and Princess
Williams Asia modey modey Williams cassia Nicole Williams Rihanna
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would autumn Nicole Woodson Stephanie pairing Pierrot with honors
Rachel van York with honors Shinji James York with honors at this time will the class of 2019
please stand graduates
it is my privilege to conduct the switching of tassels signifying your
completion of graduation exercises please do so by the authority vested in me by the
school board of Virginia Beach I declare that you have met all requirements to be
a graduate of Green run High School of the city of Virginia Beach
congratulations class of 2019 at this time I invite the
faculty to dismiss first followed by the graduates