Cordova School District awards diplomas to 33 high school seniors

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go … ”

— Dr. Seuss, ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go!’

 

The Cordova School District and Board of Education graduated 33 seniors from the halls of Cordova High School on Saturday night, May 21. The gymnasium was filled to the brim with parents, siblings, grandparents from far-away places, and generations of local family and friends, as loved ones gathered to watch their special young men and women receive the distinction of becoming high school graduates.

The Cordova High School Band played the graduation processional, as the Class of 2016 made the famed walk through the gymnasium and onto the stage as members of the audience watched proudly.

Senior members of the high school choir sang the National Anthem, followed by CHS Principal Rob O’Neal welcoming folks to the commencement ceremonies.

Special guest speaker and beloved educator Susan Harding, who has known most of the graduating class members from the time they were babies, talked practically and openly with her students. Harding has taught several generations of Cordova’s youth throughout the years. Harding teaches digital photography and sociology at CHS, and her direct conversation with her students Saturday night brought tears to several pairs of eyes in the audience, and even the eyes of a student or two on stage.

Two incredibly intelligent and talented young women, Lindsay Phillips, Class of 2016 Salutatorian and Darian Sorenson, Class of 2016 Valedictorian, took turns addressing their classmates and the audience.

Scholarships and awards totaling $1.1 million dollars were presented to members of the graduating class, by CHS Counselor Micki Dunn and local members of the Cordova community.

Principal O’Neal introduced and greeted each senior as they crossed the stage to receive their diplomas.

Barb Jewell, President of the Board of Education and Alex Russin, Superintendent of the Cordova School District presented the diplomas to the eager class.

Please congratulate the Cordova High School Class of 2016: 

  • Elizabeth Marie Velasco Allison,
  • Laura Frances Appleton,
  • Logan Reilly Arnold,
  • Katherine Jo Bailer,
  • Patrick G. Batista,
  • Rosmery Del Carmen De la Guarda-Rodgriguez,
  • Elias Schoener Eckley,
  • Diane Castillo Felix,
  • John Paul Felix,
  • Erin Clare Frohnapfel,
  • Rezaline Gasmen Gappe,
  • Jennifer Zulueta Gasmen,
  • Travis Dean Glasen,
  • Haley Eleanor Hoepfner,
  • Celeste Victoria Jensen,
  • Cooper Moon Jewell,
  • Starky Jimenez Jimenez,
  • Cadence Wren Moffitt,
  • Isabelle Jane Motter,
  • Bhren Espejo Pena,
  • Lindsay Andrea Phillips,
  • Spenser Rader Plant,
  • Ashley Rene Reece,
  • Megan Michelle Reggiani,
  • Mathias William Reid,
  • Jerome Itliong Ridao,
  • Bradlee William Shapleigh,
  • Ferdinand Salcedo Sison,
  • Zachariah Jay Songer,
  • Darian Sorenson,
  • Alivia Lyn Tanner,
  • Hank Ryan Wiese,
  • Enrique Samuel Zamudio.

CHS Graduating National Honor Society Members of 2016: 

Katherine Jo Bailer, Elias Schoener Eckley, Diane Castillo Felix, Erin Clare Frohnapfel, Jennifer Zulueta Gasmen, Travis Dean Glasen, Haley Eleanor Hoepfner, Celeste Victoria Jensen, Cooper Moon Jewell, Cadence Wren Moffitt, Bhren Espejo Pena, Lindsay Andrea Phillips, Ashley Rene Reece, Megan Michelle Reggiani, Mathias William Reed, Ferdinand Salcedo Sison and Darian Sorenson.

2016 Class colors:  Teal and Silver

2016 Class flower:  Calla lilies

2016 Class song:  “I Lived,” by One Republic