Hidden Valley High School - Roanoke County Public Schools (2024)

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Hello, I’m Ken Nicely, superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools. I want to welcome you to this online graduation for Hidden Valley High School. We all wish we were celebrating your success in person, however nothing can take away from the tremendous pride we feel for each and every one of you.

Think of this online edition as part one for graduation.

Later this summer or fall, we hope we can recognize our graduates in-person. Until then, we are going to do the next best thing so that our seniors officially graduate on time. I want to extend my sincere congratulations to each and every one of our graduates.

The class of 2020 has become the most resilient class ever in Roanoke County Public Schools and I’m incredibly proud of how all our students have weathered this current pandemic.

I look forward to the day when we will celebrate your success in person.

And now, it’s my pleasure to introduce the Hidden Valley High School Class of 2020.

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Hello and welcome to the seventeenth commencement ceremony of Hidden Valley High School. I am Andrew Smith, the Senior Class President, and it is my pleasure to welcome everyone to the Class of 2020 virtual commencement ceremony this afternoon. While this is certainly, not how any of us envisioned our commencement ceremony for this year, we are happy to be able to digitally come together and celebrate the Class of 2020 with our friends and family members around the world.

Before we begin our ceremony, I would like to give a special recognition to my fellow classmates that will be going on to bravely serve our country in the armed forces. Emily Robinson and Wesley Underwood should be commended for their selfless commitment to the military and our country. Thank you, in advance, for your service.

I would also like to take a moment to recognize those faculty members who, after many years of service to public education, will be retiring this year. On behalf of the Class of 2020, we would like to thank Mrs. Sherry Richardson and Mr. Gustavo Ruiz for their service to public education.

Mr. Gustavo Ruiz has been teaching many levels of Spanish at Hidden Valley for nearly a decade. His passion and commitment to broadening the cultural experience of the Titans has been immeasurable.

Mrs. Sherry Richardson has devoted her life’s work to Roanoke County Schools, having given 40 years of service to the school system. She was a founding teacher that opened Hidden Valley High School in 2002 and has spent the past 18 years teaching English to our Titans.

To both Mr. Ruiz and Mrs. Richardson, we wish you well on your next adventure in life. You will be sorely missed in the halls of HV.

At this time, I would also like to extend a thank you to all of the other faculty members, administrators, and support staff of Hidden Valley High School. Without all of you, the Class of 2020 would not have made it to this point. Thank you for all you have done for us.

At this time, it is my honor to welcome our principal, Ms. Lori Wimbush to the commencement ceremony.

Thank you, Andrew. Welcome to the Class of 2020 graduates, their families and friends. As the principal of Hidden Valley High School, it is my distinct joy and privilege to honor the Class of 2020 and to celebrate their successes. These students have traveled a long journey over the past thirteen years of their education. I commend our graduates for their perseverance and determination to complete this journey, but also for their courage and commitment to the next journey in their lives; may it be a wonderful adventure that you embark upon after closing this chapter of your lives.

On a personal note, I want to tell the Class of 2020 graduates, you are a special class to me. We entered high school together, me as a first year high school principal and you as first year high school students. We shared the same fears and excitements and I will forever remember how we started this adventure and how we have now ended it. Thank you for an amazing four years together.

At this time, I would like to welcome our Class of 2020 keynote speakers, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Catherine Sublett and Jackson Moyer, to give the Class of 2020 Commencement Address.

13 years

4656 days

111,744 hours

6,704,640 minutes

402 million….

I’ll stop you right there. That’s how long Jackson Moyer and I have been friends.

Many of you are in the same boat. You’ve known each other since kindergarten. You’ve grown up together.

We’ve all laughed, cried, lived, and learned together for the past 13 years.

And over those 13 years, we’ve undoubtedly learned more than just how to count apples or evaluate an indefinite integral

Today, we’d like to reflect on some of our most memorable lessons through the years.

In elementary school, it didn’t matter if your neon green athletic shorts, orange t shirt, and light up sketchers didn’t really go together.

Believe it or not, this is how you wanted to look.

And that was just fine. You felt confident and proud to have picked out your own outfit. Take that mom!

Elementary school taught us that the people who matter most like you just the way you are. And those people are most likely still your friends today.

We learned to be ourselves: everyone else was already taken. Brought to you by that poster in the cafeteria of every elementary school ever.

At this point in our lives, that may be easy to forget, but we encourage you to think back to how excited you were about your first day of school outfit in third grade, or the first time you got off at your friend’s bus stop for a “play date.”

That’s who you are. Hold on to that.

Next- Middle school. A little bit awkward and a whole lot of changes.

Facing those changes was a major challenge. I can remember the night before starting sixth grade when all I could think about was “where are my classes?” and “how in the world am I supposed to open my locker?”

But soon, we settled right into it. Hey... remember when they convinced us to sell magazines in order to collect all the rubber duck keychains?

Yeah...looking back, we didn’t really understand how worthless fundraiser prizes were. We may have started out nervous for all the uncertainties and changes, but we figured everything out pretty quickly and then our only concern was getting our family to buy some magazines.

Despite the fears we had when we started, we survived! As daunting as it was, we learned how to confront the new things that life threw at us.

And we knew that when the future arrived, we would be able to handle whatever else comes our way.

Moving on to high school. Catherine, what did you learn in high school?

The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell!

That’s all?

Yep, that’s it...Actually, high school has taught us a lot beyond the classroom.

I agree. For example, how do you make a decision?

Panic for eight hours, then flip a coin. That’s how I do it.

No -

Okay, I guess we have learned how to logically think through the choices that lie ahead of us.

Right. We all had to decide what classes to take, what clubs to join, what sport to play, or what to do after high school. Whether it be joining the Armed Forces, heading into the work force, or going off to college- Go hokies!

He meant to say Go Hoos.

*shakes head* But seriously, the decisions we’ve already made will show us how to get through life’s tough choices in the future.

Speaking of the future, it’s closer than you think. It feels like just yesterday we were walking into school as freshmen.

And now, we’re sitting in our living room graduating!

I wish we had known how quickly it would all pass by.

That way, we could have appreciated every little thing while it lasted. Every minute spent walking the halls with your friends for a “mental break”, every football game spent cheering in the stands or playing on the field, and every Titan 21 night trying to explain your project to your friends’ parents.

Now that all of those things are over, it just brings us to another very important life lesson: time is precious.

When we forget this, we neglect to take advantage of every opportunity that we have.

We often take for granted seeing our friends, going to class, and filling our schedules with the functions of everyday life until it stops. Like right now.

Right now, nothing is what we expected it would be. I mean, instead of giving this speech to a sea of soon-to-be graduates in blue caps and gowns, I’m talking to a camera.

And we’re missing out on more than just graduation. We had plans to play a spring sport, or dance at prom,

or take some pics for instagram on senior day, or celebrate baccalaureate

We were looking forward to playing our last band concert

and experiencing all the other “lasts” of our time in school.

Instead, I ended up spending time with... these people that live with me?? They’re actually not too bad. We’ve had a lot of fun over the past few weeks.

I definitely found some new Netflix shows to watch. Before this pandemic, I didn’t know that a random zoo in Oklahoma could be so entertaining....

Life slowed down and we finally have time to destress and catch up on sleep

We are learning how much we really should appreciate all the “normal” things in life that we took for granted.

One good thing that comes out of a global pandemic is a sense of togetherness that we’ve never experienced in our lifetime.

Even though we’re separated, we’re doing everything we can to keep in touch and stay as connected as possible.

Socially distant pic nics! Group facetime calls!

Drive by birthday celebrations! Senior recognition billboards!

This really has been an amazing opportunity to see how much good lies in our community

Everyone from doctors and nurses caring for the sick, to workers at grocery stores and gas stations who ensure everyone can get what they need

and the volunteers who deliver food to elderly neighbors who don’t feel safe venturing out in public.

Almost everyone is playing their part in helping others during this unprecedented time of uncertainty and need - and that’s beautiful.

Our teachers have worked so hard to find creative ways to continue helping us learn and end the school year

Our community has truly used its creativity to solve as many of these problems as possible. And these are simply friends helping other friends. In an unprecedented situation like this, we rely on the friendships we’ve made - from neon shirts to rubber ducks

To library study sessions and post doctor appointment Starbucks deliveries to classmates.

Don’t give up on the people you’ve bonded with over the past thirteen years. Be there for them... they’ll be there for you too.

As we move forward, we need to remember how we handled this moment in history. Life will throw a lot at you. Choose to make the most of it. Look to the friends you made along the way- we're all here to support each other.

Looking back on our years together, it’s hard to believe how much we’ve learned and how much we’ve grown.

I’m so thankful for the memories I’ve made over the past thirteen years, or 4656 days, or 111,744...

Ok – we get it. Congratulations class of 2020. You’ve persisted through this and many other challenges. You learned to be yourself.

You learned how to face new challenges.

You learned how to make a decision. And you did it all with the support of the wonderful people you’re blessed to have in your life.

As you leave high school and create a future for yourselves, don’t forget all the lessons you’ve learned over the past 13 years- especially the ones you’re learning right now.

Thank you Catherine and Jackson. I would now like to welcome our faculty guest speaker who has given 20 years of service to the field of public education and has been a key member of the faculty at Hidden Valley since 2003. It is my great honor to welcome Mrs. Deborah Sprenger to the commencement ceremony at this time.

Dear Class of 2020,

Congratulations! You have achieved such an important milestone in your lives and given us all great cause for celebration! You are graduating from high school and preparing to move on to face your future. I cannot begin to tell you how proud your teachers, families, and community are of you at this moment. I hope you are every bit as proud of yourselves, because you deserve to be!

In this address, I will try to highlight the reasons why I have such abiding faith in all of you and the positive impact I foresee you having on our world. The final days of your journey through high school were not what you expected. All the special senior year events that you had eagerly anticipated fell by the wayside in favor of hanging out at home. From what I am hearing, however, rather than finding this overwhelming, many of you are seizing opportunities and using the time to reflect on what is important in life.

One inescapable take-away would be the understanding that life can change in the blink of an eye. When earth-shaking changes happens, we older people, if we are wise, look to your emerging generation to fashion new solutions. As my deeply valued friend and colleague Brian Harris wrote to me just last week, “It is the youngest who develop our grandest social media platforms, change the way we get our food, drive our cars, and share time with friends and family.”

Members of your class are already finding different ways to accomplish any goal, proving you are open-minded, flexible, and determined. Another dear friend, Shelley Winterer shared that within days of the shut down our band section leaders had organized virtual section dinners while two Hidden Valley seniors started a quarantine podcast, daily interviewing classmates and putting out a broadcast. So, you guys don’t just know how to innovate, but also how to build community. You will need these skills.

The uncertainties of these last few weeks have dashed our efforts to hide behind magical thinking. You are already showing that you are wiser for this dose of reality, and ready to move forward. Both Mrs. Winterer and a third treasured friend and colleague, Neha Karandakar, shared news of Hidden Valley seniors serving others, telling about your classmates who are organizing meals to be delivered to the elderly and volunteering at the food bank. I know that some of you are among our essential workers, helping all of us get through our daily lives. Your bravery, resilience, and caring spirit is truly inspiring.

There is so much to celebrate. As my beloved fellow Hidden Valley High School teacher, Carmen Oakes observed, this pause in our lives has given us the chance to reconnect with nature. She tells me that students have told her that they feel more in touch with our beautiful world. As she says, That’s Nice! And finally, considering the incredible efforts that your senior class sponsor, Laura Weaver has made working with our wonderful principals, counselors, and office staff, and especially your parents to give you a send-off that, while not traditional is still memorable, you most definitely must know that you are loved. Because, honestly, you are so darn lovable. So here’s to you class of 2020. The future is there for you to claim. It belongs to you. You have the wisdom, the skill, and the motivation to seize this moment and make our world better because you are here.

Thank you Mrs. Sprenger. It is now my honor to recognize the Class of 2020 valedictorians. All Roanoke County students who achieve a grade point average in excess of 4.0 are declared valedictorians.

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Ayushi Agarwal

David Luke Arner

Amber Cecilia Assaid

Caleb Matthew Atkins

Kenneth William Baxley

Thomas James Beckett

Coleman Isaac Blanton

Sarah Grace Blanton

Julia Louise Brown

Harrison Thanh Bui

Dylan Cameron Carter

Mariam Nisar Chaudry

Erin Grace Conner

Keller Thomas Coolbaugh

Faith Lorraine Culver

Jeddie Kate Dawson

Samuel Evans Delaney

Camryn Leighann Dermott

Matthew Ryan Duncan

Ethan Augustus Frye

Gianna Dorothia Gianni

Laura Alejandra Gomez

Whitney Nicole Goodwin

Kacie Lynn Hanson

Kellie Elizabeth Hanson

Noah John Harding

Colby Douglas Harrison

Marcus Daniel Henderson

Chloe Dakota Johnston

Kayla Renee Jones

Alison Marie Kurpe

Jagger Charles LaDouceur

Michael Chen Lin

Gillian Ryan Lionberger

Teresa Joan Loughery

Andrew Nicholas Lucktong

Oriana Katherine Lukas

Hannah Liliana Luviano

Andrea Laine Maiolo

Julia Marian Maslich

Fiona Claire Miller

Hannah Alyse Mixon

Salonee Pari Moona

Jackson Edward Moyer

Claire Elizabeth Nichols

Chloe Suyuan Oliver

Bailey Shae Parker

Kathryn Elizabeth Parks

Neal Rakesh Patel

Brooke Michelle Pettipiece

Laura Elizabeth Phillips

Megan Ashley Phillips

Pratik Pugazhenthi

Gavin Christopher Pyle

Chloe Elizabeth Rogers

Joanne Naomi Sakamoto

Erik Anthony Scarlatescu

Bailey Matthew St. Clair

Samuel Robert Strong

Emily Gray Sturgeon

Catherine Page Sublett

Brian George Sunil

Morgan Haley Thomas

Lillie Clara Tung

Stephanie Unur

Brandon Charles VanAllman

Rachel Lynn Virostek

Kaden Duane Whitenack

Yifei Zhao

Hello, I am Cole Shepherd, assistant principal at Hidden Valley. It is my honor to recognize the graduates of the Class of 2020 at this time.

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Huthyfa Mohammed Abuzaid

Merima Adanalic

Ahmed Taha Adnan

Ephraimina Adu-Newman

Ayushi Agarwal

Hannah Noelle Agnes

Lubna Ahmed Albakari

Calvin Scott Anthony

David Luke Arner

Amber Cecilia Assaid

Abigail Doris Atkins

Caleb Matthew Atkins

Satchel Giles Avila Goodman

Ethan Thomas Bane

Anna Leigh Bashore

Kenneth William Baxley

Ermuun Bayarmunkh

Kyla Noel Beamon

Michael David Beckett

Thomas James Beckett

Stephen William Bell

Armin Berkovic

Coleman Isaac Blanton

Sarah Grace Blanton

Sophia Rose Bone

Catherine Brianna Bourne

Elizabeth Rae Brown

Julia Louise Brown

Harrison Thanh Bui

Caleb Jack Burgess

Keara Paige Burgoyne

Dustin Kenneth Bushnell

Logan Michael Cabay

Xavier Reshaun Callaway

Tyler Lewis Cameron

Grayson Scott Carroll

Dylan Cameron Carter

Amanda Crystal Cerdena

Brittney Anne Cerebe

Lily Anne Cerle

Mikayla Anne Chadwick

Mariam Nisar Chaudry

James Joseph Christiano III

Marqui Dinal Claytor

Sophia Anne Clemmer

Kaylee Ann Coffer

Evan Max Coleman

Hunter Jackson Collin

Jonathan Robert Collins

Erin Grace Conner

Alaina Rose Cook

Daniel Lee Cook

Keller Thomas Coolbaugh

Besart Ajvazi Cooper

Michael James Corliss

Dominic Edward Couvrette

Allison Nicole Crockett

Shane Matthew Croye

Michael Shawn Cubas

Faith Lorraine Culver

Sophia Martin Cundiff

Kemper Lewin Davidson

Jeddie Kate Dawson

Samuel Evans Delaney

Jacob Daniel Dellinger

Andrea Reneé DeMaurice

Chase Everett Dent

Camryn Leighann Dermott

Hanson Do

Gabriel Noah Dorss

Matthew Ryan Duncan

Dillan Thomas Edgar

Cameron Jacob Elkins

Zainab Ahmed Faraj

Alexander Zane Farmer

Samuel Robert Ferguson III

Ronan Martin Finucane

Silas William Fitzgerald

Nathan Skyler Foley

Dakotah James Forth

Kaitlyn Warner Foutz

Ethan Augustus Frye

Darian Elizabeth Garland

Gianna Dorothia Gianni

Sean Michael Gibbons

Trista May Glenn

Sophia Nicole Glowczynski

Laura Alejandra Gomez

Whitney Nicole Goodwin

Jack McDermott Green

Chelynn Marion Hairston

Kacie Lynn Hanson

Kellie Elizabeth Hanson

Noah John Harding

Colby Douglas Harrison

Jacob Wallace Harvey

Marcus Daniel Henderson

Brian Wesley Henry

Gabriel Cole Hobbs

Aubrey Claire Hodges

Ryan Henry Hodges

Alma Hodzic

William Clarence Holland III

Levi Newell Holmes

Neely Kate Hurst

Farah Maryam Iqbal

Symphony Antwanaé Rhapsody Hope Jackson

Lane Berkeley Jamison

Emma-Lee Walton Jarrett

Ashley Ann Jennings

Darius Alexander Johnson

Chloe Dakota Johnston

Kayla Renee Jones

Armon Ameen Kazemi

Ayda Khanehzarrin

Kilana Zada Krista

Alison Marie Kurpe

Jagger Charles LaDouceur

Bryce Cole Layman

Courtney Lynn Lester

Michael Chen Lin

Gillian Ryan Lionberger

Makenzie Laryn Littleton

Teresa Joan Loughery

Jaren Elise Lowery

Andrew Nicholas Lucktong

Oriana Katherine Lukas

Hannah Liliana Luviano

Joshua Tyler Mabry

Frank Lake Maddow

Andrea Laine Maiolo

Keegan Bentley Manning

Analiese Melissa Maslich

Julia Marian Maslich

Shiann Alexus Mathis

Joshua Andrew Mauck

Kaleigh Elizabeth Maxey

Kyle Vincent McDonald

Peyton Kapri McQuilkin

Ian Hunter Merritt

Fiona Claire Miller

Madelyn Elizabeth Miller

Trevon Montel Miller

Charles Kelly Mitchell

Hannah Alyse Mixon

Salonee Pari Moona

Miles Brice Morrison

Jackson Edward Moyer

Joshua Mark Munsey

Lucas Tsepang Musselman

Collin Andrew Myburgh

Claire Elizabeth Nichols

Ethan Scott Nichols

Mubeen Muddasar Nisar

Matthew Timothy O`Neill

Chloe Suyuan Oliver

Benjamin Matthew Page

Allison Pyne Palmer

Bailey Shae Parker

Kathryn Elizabeth Parks

Neal Rakesh Patel

Brooke Michelle Pettipiece

Jack David Phillips

Laura Elizabeth Phillips

Megan Ashley Phillips

Elizabeth Ashley Phipps

Ayden Quinn Porter

Lindsey Elizabeth Powell

Pratik Pugazhenthi

Gavin Christopher Pyle

Alexander James Reed

Christopher Brian Resendiz

Maxwell Renshaw Reynolds

Emily Alexandra Robinson

Chloe Elizabeth Rogers

Sarah Elizabeth Roller

Joanne Naomi Sakamoto

Ina Danielle Samir

Elise Taylor Saunders

Erik Anthony Scarlatescu

Adam Howard Schenck

Oliver Jacob Sealey

Haley Jade Sessoms

Braeden Gabriel Sherertz

Wilson Zheng Shi-Wang

Mina Alexis Simmons

Frances Marie Sine

Iryan Trey Sisson

Jason Christopher Skillicorn

Abigail Rose Smith

Andrew Parker Smith

Brady Alexander Snell

Alizee Elizabeth Snowden

Sean Richard Snyder

Julianna Rene Sprague

Bailey Matthew St. Clair

Michael Andrew Stegall

Christina Lynn Strokus

Jennifer Lee Strokus

Samuel Robert Strong

Joshua David Stuart

Emily Gray Sturgeon

Catherine Page Sublett

Brian George Sunil

Kaylyn Renee Thomas

Makenzie Debra Thomas

Morgan Haley Thomas

Aaliyah Esperanza Tribble

Jennifer Katherine Trombley

Journee Renea Trotter

Lillie Clara Tung

Wesley Thomas Underwood

Stephanie Unur

Nathanael Lane Valentine

Brandon Charles VanAllman

Rachel Lynn Virostek

Ava Fontaine Wagner

Sarah Michelle Wanek

Madison Danielle West

Kaden Duane Whitenack

Layla Michelle Wilmer

Jovan Elijah Allen Wilson

Zachary Waylon Young

Yifei Zhao

As we come to the conclusion of our celebration, I would like to take one final opportunity for our graduates to reflect on this moment. While this is certainly not how any of us had envisioned the commencement for the Class of 2020, I am proud of these young adults for the maturity, empathy, and resilience that they have shown in the face of uncertainty and adversity this spring. I am positive that these characteristics will serve each of you well in your future endeavors and my hope for you is that the next time you face life’s uncertainties, you will always remember to be Titan Strong.

At this time you may stand from home. And now, by the authority granted me by the Commonwealth of Virginia and Roanoke County Public Schools, I affirm that you are all graduates of the seventeenth Hidden Valley High School graduating class, with all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities therein bestowed. Congratulations Class of 2020, you may now turn your tassels from right to left and again congratulations!

Congratulations to all the high school graduates out there. My name is coach Bennett and I’m the head coach at the University of Virginia, and I’m sincerely wishing you the best, whether it’s going on to college or whatever you’re going to do – a job well done to get through high school, and you guys are our future. We need you, and I know the future’s bright, so again, I wish you the best, and congratulations on this impressive accomplishment.

Congratulations Hidden Valley class of 2020! You’ve worked hard to achieve your goals. Chased your dreams with effort, passion and hard work. In the words of country singer Tim McGraw, always stay humble and kind.

Hey Roanoke County grads class of 2020, this is Tiki Barber, Cave Spring High School class of 1993. Now it goes without saying that this last semester of your senior year has been anything but ideal, but you persevered and you should be commended for that. It’s not easy missing all your spring activities or doing your homework from your bedroom or kitchen table but let me add my voice to the many who are going to tell you how proud they are. You guys succeeded through something very, very difficult. Congratulations and good luck to all of you in your future endeavors. I know that success will be right around the corner. Be well and stay safe.

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Hidden Valley High School - Roanoke County Public Schools (2024)

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