Sealy High graduates 190 students

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Last Friday night, May 22, at T.J. Mills Stadium, Sealy High School presented 190 students diplomas in a socially distant outdoor graduation ceremony.

Students were spread out around Mark A. Chapman Field in nine rows of 20 graduates with five yards in between each row. Students maintained social distance before walking across the stage and back around to their row.

Alexia Henley, Sealy’s Class of 2020 Valedictorian, welcomed guests in person and virtually with the first speech of the night and talked about the bonds created between classmates even if some in the audience were ready to leave the town for good after this.

“Remember how we would get together in massive groups, often with people we hardly talk to normally, to study for the hardest tests? That’s how I know,” Henley said of the class continuing to support each other in the coming years. “Together we’ve faced impossible classes, difficult tests and the uprooting of life as we know it. I’ve seen my classmates have the ability to take on anything that comes at us and as we leave here today, we can all take comfort in knowing that we have our classmates and friends to help face life together.”

Salutatorian Khondker Salim took the podium next and urged his classmates as well as the guests to think about how special their lives are while he explained a scenario. Salim said if two million people were to roll trillion-sided dice, the odds of all the dice landing on the same number are the same odds of being born as a human being; one in 10 followed by 2,685,000 zeroes, he said.

Still, Salim’s overall message in his speech was focused on diversity and how five years ago when he immigrated to America from Bangladesh, even though he didn’t know how he would do in school or if he would fit in or who Kanye West was, he knew millions of other people in the world had dreams tied to the opportunities he was about to encounter.

"I knew I was one of the lucky few that I actually got here and that I had to try my best to utilize the opportunities,” Salim said. “As I assimilated to Sealy, I quickly learned that what makes us similar as human beings is a lot stronger than what makes us different. As you move on with your life, I hope you push yourself to meet people from different backgrounds, learn from their ideas and share your own. As evident by our top 10, the power of diversity is undeniable.”

Maddie Goad, the Class of 2020 President, took the microphone next to deliver the class highlights from their time in Sealy ISD but her main takeaway came at the end after a conversation with one of her classmates.

“I was talking with Luke Thielemann about a picture of us from kindergarten, and he said ‘That’s the Maddie I still see,’” Goad recounted. “What he said, made me realize that no matter the achievements we earn or the accolades we receive in our lives after today, we will always remember each other as who we were. Whether it was that first time, 13 years ago, seeing each other in a kindergarten classroom or sitting behind one another just last semester.”

The 190 members of the graduating Class of 2020 were presented their diplomas, albeit socially distanced, replacing high fives and hugs for air fives and big smiles but on Mark A. Chapman Field at T.J. Mills Stadium which Principal Megan Oliver said she was most happy about.

Daniel Ortiz, an honor graduate and member of the top 10 students of the class, delivered the farewell address and said despite all of the changes they’ve encountered, there will only be more change ahead but Ortiz hoped he and his classmates would attack it a little differently.

“Through these last four years we’ve all grown and changed, we worked on challenges and celebrated our victories,” Ortiz said. “Let us never forget how those experiences felt and let their memories guide us as we go off into the real world but also let us realize that although the world around us can change, we too can change it. Rather than simply grow and adapt to changes, I’d like for our class to be the example for others; be the change you want to see in the world.”

Listed below are the 190 graduating members of the Sealy High School Class of 2020:

ALEXIA LASHARA HENLEY
KHONDKER SADMAN SALIM
DANIEL   ORTIZ
JENNIFER   LOZANO
REECE MICHAEL NOVICKE
HUNTER DARRELL CLARK
DAVID ALEXANDER MOLINA
PAMELA   CERDA PUENTE
KENDALL MICHELLE FAICHTINGER
IVAN   MELENDEZ
JOHN SARTWELLE OWEN
BRENDON LEE BECKENDORFF
JAMES C GASSIOTT
MATTHEW JEREMIAH LORD
HANNAH JANE MOYLE
JONAH MICHAEL DELOZIER
MADELINE FAY GOAD
CODY DANE MANNA
CARTER DANIEL CRYAN
DRAKE MICHAEL GRIGAR
ERIKA KRISTINE YOUNG
MACEY ROSE FELAND
KELSIE NOELLE KRENEK
MEAGAN LYNN BLASCHKE
MELISSA DOMINIK GUERRERO
CHRISTIAN ANTHONY SAUCEDO
ASHLYNN BALEIGH SMITH
MARIO   ARRIAGA
AMANDA NAYELI MACIAS
TRINITY JANE HALL
ITZEL   HERRERA
JAMES FRANKLIN STATHAM
LIZBETH ELIZABETH DOMINGUEZ-CORDOVA
JACOB NICHOLAS EVANICKY
JESSICA   MENDOZA
BERENICE   VILLEGAS
XIMENA MICHELLE HERRERA
SOPHIA MICHELLE VILLAGOMEZ
REAGAN NICHOL HOFFPAUIR
HANNAH MARIE GIBSON
DIEGO A PERALTA LOPEZ
NOE DANIEL NAVARRO CASAS
CARISSA FAITH OLVERA
CHRISTIAN ISIAH ADAMS
YULENIE JAQUELINE AGUILAR LUCAS
DIEGO RUPERTO ALVARADO MONRROY
ARNOL DARIO ANTUNEZ RUIZ
ADAM CRUZ ARRIAGA
PASCUALA   ARRIAGA
JOSE LUIS ARRIAGA ARRIAGA
NOEMI   ARTEAGA
EMMANUEL   AVILES MORALES
SONIA ABIGAIL BALDERAS MUNOZ
YAIR ALEXSANDER BALLEZA
ROBERT PHILLIP BARDWELL
CORY JAMES BARRETT
DANIEL   BAUTISTA
TRISTA MACAYLAH BENNETT
MATTHEW JOSEVE BERLANGA
J SHAWN MARKEL BOLDEN
JARRETT WILLIAM BRANDES
DAI KWAN MAURICE BROWN
KEEN AUSTIN BROWN
ERIC DEWAYNE BURNS
RONALDO SANCHEZ CARDENAS
CONNOR WESLEY CASH
LEONARDO DANIEL CASIQUE
BRIAN WILLIAM ROBERT CATILLER
OMAR   CERDA VAZQUEZ
ANGELICA MARIE CONTRERAS
SAMANTHA MARIE CORBETT
ANGELA DANIELLE CORDOVA
ROGELIO TIMOTHY COSTILLA
JA'MARRIS RA'SHUN COTTON
ALEXIS RENEE MERRIMAN DADBEH
COLTON THOMAS EVANICKY
NATHANIEL ROBERT FAERMAN REYES
KAYLIE DANIELLE FELAND
CADE TYLER REINHARD FINK
MICHELLE F FOLEY
SYLIS LEE FREEMAN
MORGAN ALYSSA GAJEWSKI
BRAYAN RONALDO GALINDO VILLAGRAN
SELINA   GARCIA GUTIERREZ
NATHAN BRYAN GARZA
JOEL R GASSIOTT
NYKKY BEYONCE GODOY
SAYNT DEMETTRIUS GODOY
CHRISTINA SARAI GOMEZ
WARREN CADE GREGORY
CIELO   GUERRERO
KEVIN COLE HALEY
KYLER CADE HALEY
DERICK UNDRAE HARRIS
MEGAN ANN HENNESSEY
AMBER BREANNA HERNANDEZ
MANUEL ORLANDO   HERNANDEZ OCAMPO
DAGEN GAUGE HILL
JAY-LON RAY HOLLOWAY
SHAMAIYA TAIJAYE JACKSON
BLAKE JOSEPH JALUFKA
JOSEPH EDWIN JAMES
ZOEE COOPER JEFFREY
SHAUNA LEIGH JENKINS
GRACE LORRAINE JOHNSON
MEHEDI HASAN JOY
AUSTIN JOSHUA KEETON
COLBY WAYNE KENDRICK
ALEXI TAYLOR KULHANEK
AVERI TANA KULHANEK
D'ANGELICA ELLEN LEEPER
LANEY ALEXINA LEJEUNE
ANNABELLE FRANCES LERMA
BREASIA MONAY LEWIS
DANIEL JOSEPH LORD
FELIPE ALEJANDRO LOZANO PALOMAR
MARIA FERNANDA LUEVANO CASTILLO
AFIA   MAHMOOD
HARRY MACGREGOR MAIN
JENNIFER   MALDONADO
ANGEL   MARTINEZ
MARIA ISABEL MARTINEZ
SHEILA IRAN MARTINEZ
STEFANI MARLEN MARTINEZ
JOSHUA DEAN MCDANIEL
MACY NICOLE MCDONALD
CLAUDIA DESIREE MEDINA
ELIZABETH   MEZA
CRISTOPHER RICARDO MEZA ESPARZA
ALEXIS ESMERALDA MIRANDA
SAVANNAH GABRIELLA MONCADA
ARMANDO   MORENO
JOSEPH ALEXANDER MORGAN
JIMENA   MUNOZ
RAEGAN PAIGE NEWSOME
WESTLEY RIVER NIX
A'MIA LASHAY NUNN
SOFIA   OLVERA
JACOB OXERIZ ORTIZ
ALDAIR   OSORNIO PRECIADO
BENJAMIN   OVALLE
SEBASTIAN   PALACIOS
NANCY LIZBETH PARRA MORENO
AXEL   PAVON
KEVIN ALEXIS PAVON
AGUSTIN JUNIOR PENA TRINIDAD
DEVON PAUL PETERSON
MANUEL DE JESUS PINA VAZQUEZ
SAVANNAH ROSE PLEASANT
GABRIEL   PORTILLO
DANIELLA MARIA RAMIREZ
JOHN THOMAS RASSETTE
GARRETT CASEY REDDEN
HALEY MICHELLE REESE
GEORGE ANTHONY REGALADO
YAMILY JANET REQUENA
CHRISTIAN XAVIER KING RHOADES
PAYTON ELIZABETH RIOS
KEVIN JULIAN RODRIGUEZ HERNANDEZ
KAYLA MARIE ROMANO
KEONA JANELLE ROUTT
ELIZA MARTINEZ RUIZ
ADRIANA   SALDANA
MARK ANTHONY SANCHEZ
BRIANNA NICAYA DUKES SELF
GRACIE REANN SELL
BREANNA LOUISE SHIRLEY
JACOB MATTHEW SIMON
IMELDA YERANIA SOLORIO MAGANA
JA'LEN DESHON STATUM
CHRISTINE NICHOLE STEINKUEHLER
STUART CHRISTIAN STEINKUEHLER
SLOAN ELYSE STRICKLAND
WILLIAN ALEXANDER SUAREZ LICONA
TEMPIE ELIZABETH TACKER
JOSEPH DAKOTA WILLIE TEAGUE
RAMON   TERAN
SABRINA SAVANNAH TERRILL
HUNTER THOMAS THIELEMANN
LUKE BRADLEY THIELEMANN
CLARENCE ALTON THOMPSON
SEBASTIAN ALEXANDER THRONE
ABDULRAHMAN   U'DIN
NATHAN ENRIQUE VAZQUEZ
CHEYANNE LEE WALLACE
MAKAYLA LYNN WALLACE
PATRICK JULIAN WASHINGTON
MCKENZIE LYNN WHITE
BRYLEY RACHELLE YOUNG
DY'ZIRE LETTY'B FRENCH ZEFERINO

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