Verona High School Graduation 2019


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VHS Graduation 2019
One message on a mortarboard in the  crowd of maroon and white summed up how the class of 2019 intends to take its next steps. “I am ready,” it read, “to face any challenge that might be foolish enough to face me.”

Verona High School held its 119th commencement on Thursday, June 20, graduating a class of 156 students at the Newman Center at Caldwell University. There was pomp, circumstance and a whole lot of rain just as the class attempted to step outside for post-graduation photos.

Tom White, the English and journalism teacher at VHS, was the evening’s featured speaker, and he told a story of story telling and the stories this class has told–and will tell in the future. The class of 2019’s valedictorian , Kelly Esposito, and salutatorian, Elizabeth Hensal, shared the emotions of many in the robed crowd when they thanked their families, friends and teachers for their journey through the Verona school system. The class also heard from Kate Ryan, its class president, and Nicolette Marino, the student council president, who have spent much of their time at VHS together on its volleyball team.

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This year, VHS recorded the whole ceremony, and you can watch it in the video below:

Congratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2019:

Abigail Abalos, Nicholas Albanese, Matthew Aldiero, Emily Anderson, Kathleen Ashley

Zachary Balogh, Elizabeth Barile, Laura Bedoya, Liliana Benanchietti, Angelo Benfante, J. Nicholas Bernardino, Aiden Bertron, Erik Bostrom, Jeremy Boub, Lauren Brown, Isabelle Buneo, Julia Burke, Cade Byrne

Cristian Campos, Augustin Caprari, Brandon Cariani, Sarah Carlucci, Emma Carney, Maria Celentano, Philip Chivily,  Jonathan Cole, Christina Colon, Chlow Conway, Brooke Cooney, Hunter Coppola, Emily Coppola, Michael Costa

Lily Dastis, Brendan De Leon, Jessica Derderian, Margot Deutsch, Alexandra DeVivo, Julia DiGeronimo, Dean DiPaolo, Matthew Dollaway, Ariana Dyer

Diana Ednie, Irene Eremita, Victoria Eriksson, Brendan Erwin, Kelly Esposito, Francesca Esposito, Margaret Evans

Peter Farley, Anthony Farro, Destiny Figueroa, Megan Forrest, Maya Fortgang, Sophia Francullo, Eric Frey, Matthew Frungillo 

Maria Gabriele, Gina Gagliano, Michael Garcia, Jack Gautieri, Jenna Gibson, Nicholas Giuliano, Kayla Golebieski, Emile Goulard, Demitra Grillias

Elizabeth Hensel, Brianna Horton

Kyle Jacobsen, Lucas Jacobsen, Gareth Jenkins, Peter Jordan Jr., David Karpinski, Jarrod Keating, Harrison Keating, Ashley Kenneally, Erin Kiernan, Emily Klysa, Jake Knapp, Justin Kobernick, Julia Kosko

Chloe Lamb, Dallas  Lamb, Gillian Lamb, Francis Lavery, Dwayne Lawson Jr., Molly Ligon, Changhao Liu, Julia Luberto

Chelsea Macancela-Gonzalez, Julia Mackey, Ally Madigan, Michael Maglione, Russell Maloney, Julia Mancuso, Rebecca Marcillo-Gomez, Nicolette Marino, Gianna Mattia, Brian McEvoy, Maeve McGinley, Ryan McKeown, Desiree Meyer, Matthew Monroe, Holly Montick, David Motley

Allison Naeris, Amber Neumann, Joseph Niler, Abigail Nochimson

Paul Ortiz

Cecilia Pandiscia, Robert Parent, Purva Patel, Yasmin Pego, Joseph Priori, Dante Puerari

Gabriel Quagliata, Colette Quattrocchi

Caitlin Richinelli, Joseph Richinelli III, Lourdes Ricks, Nicholas Riggio, Brianna Rigney, Christopher Robinson, Amon Rosenzweig, Kathleen Ryan

Nardin Salib, Eliana Salierno, Connor Seawright, Brendan Semeraro, Rebecca Seubert, Rachel Seubert, William Sheehan, J. Grady Short IV, Elise Sidali, Jessica Spinelli, Kanija Stephens, Jack Strippoli, Jessica Sweeney, Richard Symczak

Lara Tole, Charles Torikian, Joseph Trapani IV, Daniela Trujillo

Dalilah Varella-Durbin, Hector Vega Jr., Nicole Volpe

Brooke Wagner, Jacob Weber IV, Adam Weiss, Collin Welsh, Colleen Whelan, Nicolette Wynn

Emma Yee, Elyssia Yung

Anthony Zamloot, Jack Zickerman


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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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