OCHS Class of 2020: Unique, Determined

OCHS Class of 2020: Unique, Determined

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Graduates toss their caps in the air as they celebrate their commencement.

By MADDY VITALE

Determination, perseverance, and above all, uniqueness, are some of the qualities that make the Ocean City High School Class of 2020 stand out, Principal Dr. Matt Jamison told graduates seated in Carey Stadium to mark their milestone on Thursday.

The graduates are unique in many ways, Jamison emphasized.

They were born in the shadows of 9/11. They started school during a recession and in middle school they faced challenges living at the shore when Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012.

Yet, through it all, the students’ unwavering strength allowed them to forge ahead and achieve great things, Jamison noted.

A drone shot shows the graduates lining up on the Boardwalk at the beginning of the procession. (Courtesy of JASM Consulting)

“The determination, the perseverance – the Class of 2020 has a true spirit of our nation,” Jamison said.

The graduation, which was one of the few in the state due to COVID-19, offered the students a commencement.

“This is for you,” Jamison said.

While parents and families were not allowed in the stadium until the very end of the ceremony, they stood outside the gates of Carey Stadium, whistled and applauded for their graduates, and celebrated.

Due to Gov. Phil Murphy’s order that there may be no more than 500 people assembled at an outdoor event because of the coronavirus, only graduates and school faculty were permitted in the stadium.

Video courtesy of Martin Fiedler, Just Right TV Productions

The ceremony was livestreamed for families and friends to view in real time at https://www.youtube.com/user/OCNJSchools. There was an 18-foot video screen in the parking lot adjacent to the stadium for parents to watch.

During the commencement ceremony, which began with a procession from Fifth Street and the Boardwalk onto the field, seniors Haley Stanks and Joshua Barnes gave farewell speeches.

Haley spoke of all of the accomplishments of the Class of 2020.

“We’ve been preparing to be seniors since September 6, 2016, and we truly left our mark on OCHS this year,” she said. “Though we never could have predicted that our last day of high school would be March 16, 2020, we all must remember what great memories we made during our high school years. What matters is not how much time we had but what we did with the time we were given together, and trust me, we’ve done a lot.”

Graduate Joshua Barnes gives a farewell speech.

Joshua spoke of unity.

“To me, our generation’s legacy is critical. I do not know about you, but I refuse to allow history to describe us as those who crippled the planet or allowed political gridlock to become the norm,” he said. “In order to effect real, and most importantly, impactful change, we must unite.”

Later in his address, he offered this advice to his fellow graduates, “As high school graduates, we must remember that we play for the same team: Team Humanity. Everybody in this arena today shares one goal, one passion, one desire: to make our lives, our country, and our world the best place possible.”

In all, the Class of 2020 included 325 students. Reflecting the school colors, girls wore white cap and gowns, while the boys dressed in red.

Students enter the field at Carey Stadium for the ceremony.

Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor recognized the graduates as exceptional. She noted that they are “savvy” and excellent communicators.

“Every generation looks to the next generation for leaders,” she said.

The Class of 2020 represented leaders.

“The leaders make decisions that are fair. They make wise choices. I know you are that generation,” Dr. Taylor noted.

Dr. Taylor also recognized the families who watched from outside the stadium, waving her arms in the area.

She added of the graduates, “Now you are ready to make our community stronger.”

Amara Mulloy, second from left, with fellow graduates, friends and family.

At the end of the ceremony, students gathered with their friends for photos, before meeting up with their family and other friends who were allowed on the field at the end of the program.

For Amara Mulloy, the day meant an ending of one important chapter, but the beginning of another at St. Joseph’s University.

Surrounded by her friends and family who congratulated her, she said what the day symbolized for her.

“I’m so excited,” she said. “Having a graduation commencement made it feel like an ending.”

Gail and Jeff Bogart, of Sea Isle City, meet up with their son, Jack.

Jack Bogart, of Sea Isle City, and his best friend, Liam Millar, of Ocean City, chatted with their new diplomas in hand.

“It was a nice ceremony, considering everything. At least they did something. A lot of the other schools didn’t have anything,” Jack said.

Jennifer and Jeff Shirk, of Ocean City, couldn’t wait to see their daughter, Juliette, after the ceremony to celebrate. Juliette will be going on to the University of Delaware.

“It was very nice that the whole class could see each other in person one last time,” Jennifer Shirk said.

Kathy and Mark Reimet, of Ocean City, watched their son, Todd, graduate. Todd is heading to Rowan University.

“I thank the administration for how they put the kids first,” Kathy Reimet said.

Mark Reimet added, “It is such a cool feeling. Vacationers watching can see what a close community we are.”

The Ocean City Police Department assisted throughout the ceremony. School officials said that the event would not have been possible without the help of the police department, Mayor Jay Gillian, the Board of Education and the City’s Public Works Department.

Before the graduation students stopped for pictures on the Boardwalk, the start of the procession.
Parents Jennifer and Jeff Shirk, of Ocean City, couldn’t wait to see their daughter, Juliette.
Liam Millar, left, of Ocean City, with best friend, Jack Bogart, of Sea Isle City.
Families stand outside the gates to watch the graduation.
The first-ever social distancing graduation at Ocean City High School.
Students pick up their diplomas.
Ocean City High school nurse and wellness center coordinator Jill Berenato, at left, gears up with a water spritzing fan, for the graduation.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor raises her arms in victory for the graduates and their families.

The Class of 2020:

*Andrew Michael Affanato

Gavin Michael Allegretto

+**Robin Hana Altman

Joseph Jacob Ardelean

Donald Jeremy Argoe

Christopher Luke Armstrong

+**Kelsey May Arnold

+**Kayla Grace Attiya

**Ava Grace Auwarter

**Jack Cameron Baker

+**Joshua Paul Barnes

William Henry Barnes

+**Jay Patrick Barrett

Daesha Bryanna Beachaump

◦+**Cole Michael Becker

*Brian David Beckmann, Jr.

+*Abigail Elizabeth Bennett

Adriana Maria Bertucci

James William Bishop, V

*John George Bogart

Anthony Joseph Bongiorno

+**Brynn Valerie Bowman

Rebecka Elizabeth Brandenburg

*Kelly Lynn Branin

*Grace Patricia Broschard

*Haley Nicole Broschard-Hoster

**Cynthia Melissa Brown

*Riley Elizabeth Brown

+**Grace Noel Burke

*Mary Anne Burke

*Samuel Kelley Burns

+**Nicole Ann Cappolina

David Joseph Caracciolo

**Juliana Lynn Carmean

Joshua Karl Carmona

*Cameryn Susan Carr

+**Kate Josephine Carter

+**Max Andrew Carter

David Benjamin Chakov

+**Eve Robyn Chiarello

Martina Antonia Citera

+**Jenna Ann Clark

**Maggie Elizabeth Clunn

**Katherine Grace Coffey

Anthony Santino Conte

Louis Joseph Conte

*Margaret Helen Corcoran

Kathleen Elizabeth Cossaboone

Anthony Francis Costa

◦*Evan Ferdinand Couval

+**Ava Christine Cozamanis

*Phoenix James Crager

◦+**Abigail Maria Craige

+**Megan Joann Crawford

Brandon Thomas Creamer

Alyson Elisabeth Curtin

+**Joseph Paul D’Amico, Jr.

Jenna Catherine Dahl

Abigail Paige Davis

Sara Anna Delgrande

*Keely Rose DeMarco

+**Ashley Nicole Devlin

+**Cameron Anthony DiTroia

+**Carly Elizabeth Dougherty

+**Alyson Leigh Doyle

+**Tanner Daniel Driscoll

Andrew Richard Eget

*Olivia Rose Eggie

**Gabrielle Rose Eiler

*Aidan Thomas Emberger-Stiglitz

+**Louisa Marie Esposito

Frank Peter Fabi, III

*Jillian Rose Falvo

**Michael Patrick Farley, Jr.

Lindsay Kathleen Farmer

Rhiannon Skylar Faustino

Colby Thomas Felix

Matthew Thomas Feng

+**Abigail Sara Fenton

**Emma Joy Finnegan

+**Michael Edward Flynn

+**William Gustafson Flynn, III

*Justin Alan Forman

Brian Charles Foulke

**Regan Mary Fredericks

*McKenna Grace Fuller

Zachary Thomas Fulmer

Gabriella Divine Gagliardi

◦*Joseph Michael Gardner

Anthony Rudy Garrett

Caleb Emerson Gartner

+**Alberto Gaytan

Kayla Angelina Geisler

+**Juliana Rose Giardina

*Sydney Gayle Gillette

+**Sophia Rose Ginet

Zachary David Ginet

Eziah Zaire Granger

*Margaux Lafont Gray

*Lucy Carpenter Greene

Eric William Greenling

+**Shane Alexander Gremo

+**Theodore Dennis Grimley

Zoe Alisa Gross

*Jacqueline Hope Gruber-Kolmer

*Anthony Martin Guerrera

*Elaina Rose Guido

+**Marissa Rose Guido

*Reghan Lohr Handley

+**Gabrielle Renee Hart

**Trevor John Hazlett

+**Lauren Marie Heraux

Andrew Jace Hillegass

*Ashley Jean Hoffman

Jacob Reilly Hoffmann

Thomas Robert Hoffmann

*Tyler Wayne Hogg

Lana Rose Holthoff-Rekeda

**Fisher Dennis Hudak

Hannah Marie Iannace

+**Eric Christian Ibarra

+**Joseph Matthew Innocente

+**Mary Grace Jamison

+**Alexa Joan Japzon

David Laurence Jefferson

**Isabella Marie Johnson

+**Margaret Claire Kane

*Kelsie Alexys Karrer

**Michael Lee Katsiff

*Hannah Nicole Keane

◦**Jacob Benjamin Kellner

*Joseph Michael Kelly, Jr.

Max Wilson Kelly

*Megan Marie Kelly

**Michael Patrick Kelly

*Shane Thomas Kirby

*Mary Margaret Kirchhoff

*Ashley Nicole Kirn

**Tyler David Kirn

**Rachel Marie Krajicek

*Luke Samson Kramer

Noah Evan Kuhns

*Sarah Rose Kuperstein

Shaun Nicholas Hayward Lackman

**Delaney Mae Lappin

**Julian Lyle Lechner

*John Robert LeNoir

*Sydney Jane Leonard

**Noam Effraim Levy-Smith

Charles Cole Lewis

Tyler Jesse Lewis

Serena Mei Shing Lin

John Edward LLoyd

Nadia Rae Longfellow

+**Aura Maria Lopez

Mary Elizabeth Loteck

Kareem Amir Robert Lovest

Danna Luciano-Rodriguez

Cameron Scott MacDonald

+**Chloe Annalise Mack

+**Ryleigh Barbara Mack

Seaira Antoinette Manning

+**Nathan Thomas Marple

*Joseph Cole Marshello

*Izabel Ayline Martinez

Jenna Lynn Mason

*Ashley Marie Mathers

Isabella Nicole Mavilla

+**Kathryn Elizabeth Mazzitelli

*Maclain Richard McAllister

Ethan Patrick McCarron

**Sophia Grace McCarty

Nickolas Aaron McDaniels

**Molly Grace McGonigle

**Colin Francis Stephen McHugh

Jacob Ryan McKenna

+**Casey Jane McLees

Joseph Carlo Melini

+**Sophia Theresa Meyler

◦Liam Devlin Millar

*Rebecca Rose Millar

**Jaden Porter Millstein

+**Lauren Elissa Mirsky

+**Meredith Katelyn Moon

+**Jordan Elizabeth Moyer

Lucas Emanuel Mozes

Ethan Thomas Mullins

Amara Mackenzie Mulloy

*Ava Marie Mumman

**Emily Elizabeth Myers

Luke David Neff

*Aidan Douglas Nelson

+**Kelly Lynn Nyman

Cathryn Elizabeth O’Boyle

**Ellen Grace O’Brien

*Bridget Anne O’Kane

◦+**Thomas Charles Oves

Lane Finley Owens

*Isabella Danielle Pagan

Laura Faith Pagano

Trent Keen Palmer

William Dempsey Palmer

*David Aaron Palomeque

Christian Daniel Palzer

*Jaylen Bea Pates

Aidan Anthony Pearce

**Rebecca Mae Perrin

*Samantha Jolie Perro

**Haleigh Gibson Perry

+**Kiley Marie Pettit

Jeremiah Linehan Pfeifle

*Jade Elizabeth Phelps

+**Thomas Dominick Piernikowski

Ryan Tyler Pierpoint

*Hailee Izabella Pietrowitz

*Morgan Marie Pizagno

*Andrea Molly Posner

*Brooke Nicole Powell

Madison Elise Presnall

*Chloe Madison Prettyman

*Colin Joseph Quade

+**Molly Grace Reardon

**Matthew Joseph Rebock

**Paige Elizabeth Redrow

**Aidan Alexandre Reid

*Carly Brooke Reighard

Todd Mark Reimet

Madeline Cairone Reola

Blake Anthony Louis Restuccio

Rodolfo Reyna

◦**Sophia Gabrielle Richmond

*Ava Elizabeth Ritzel

Ethan Benjamin Roberts

+**Victoria Lily Robertson

**Madison Shea Rocap

Emma Grace Rodriguez

Faustino Martin Rodriguez

Jessica Crystal Rowell

James John Callihan Ryba

**Emma Rose Sacco

Erik Sacramento-Morales

*Marina Rose Salugta

**Grace Alexa Sando

Nicholas Thomas Sannino

Shane Patrick Sanza

+**Emma Lynne Sardy

**Jacob Matthew Savino

+**Claudia Rose Scherbin

*Alexia Renee Schmidt

*Conrad Richard Schmidt

*Caitlyn Alexandra Seeger

+*Juliette Simmons Shirk

+**Maura Rachel Siciensky

+**Courtney Valentine Sigmund

**David Anthony Simpson

**Carl Hayden Smallwood

Sarah Crystal Smith

*Henry Lee Souto

George Hugh Spackman

◦+**Matthew Alan Specht

+**Haley Kathryn Stanks

Jacquelyn Leanne Steelman

Jennifer Nicole Stevens

**Courtney Paige Stoerrle

Ethan David Stokes

Andrew Walter Argoe Stremme

*Brad Edward Sturgess, Jr.

**Kira Lynn Sturgess

Georgia Leigh Sullivan

Emily Grayce Sustek

**Joshua Russell Swensen

James Patrick Swift, IV

Yuliana Tapia-Lopez

*Shannon Marie Threet

Jaden Raymond Tocci-Rogers

+**Alexander David Town

+**Kira Eileen Tracy

+**Kai Kale Tripician

Ashton Jordan Ungehajer

*Meredith Marie Urban

*Paul Krish Urban

*Gabriella Marie Verducci

*Margaret Rose Vittorini

*Taylor Grace Wade

Micah Robert Francis Waid

*Sean Michael Walsh

Jared Nino Warrington

*Kaitlyn Elizabeth Whilden

Peter Kenneth Wiggins

Erika Lynn Wilde

+**Louis Edward Williams

Michael Andrew Williscroft, Jr.

Andrew Jacob Wilson

*Elizabeth Marie Wilson

Issac Amadaeous Isiah Wilson

Evelyn Blyler Wines

Eric Austin Winter

Niky’ Ja’lil Worthington

Brian Spenser Wright

Trevor James Robert Wright

**Soleil Kai Yakita

*Aidan Daniel Yarger

*Marina Alexia Yiannos

+**Maclain Alan Young

+**Konnor Paul Yunghans

**Alyssa Rose Zimmerman