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Photos: Nearly 500 Graduate From Watchung Hills

Parents, friends and faculty join in the celebration and graduation of the Class of 2012.

Several hundred parents and family members attended the graduation ceremony for the 477 graduating seniors at , from the setas of the air-conditioned Performing Arts Center.

The event was moved inside due to the extreme heat. Medical teams stood by in case of emergency, and beverages were being handed out to everyone to keep cool.

Parents were seated in the auditorium and the students watched their fellow classmates from other class rooms. 

The graduating class of 2012 incldued (boldface denotes top-10 students in the class; asterisks note Honor Society members):

Danielle Laura Adams, Amar Adusumilli, Raul Marcelino Aguilar, Syed Shaham Ahmed, Sam Al-Aali, Cassius Christopher Ali, Zoë Apollonia Ambinder, Kaitlyn Noelle Andersen, Robert Louis Andreozzi, Jessie Tyler Anson, Derrick Antunes, Shoshana Leah Antunes, Lauren Lee Aquino, Alyssa Jane Archer, Joseph Anthony Argiro, Jennifer Maritza Arias, Matthew Edward Armanious*, Andrew Scott Asch, Arbaaz Asim, Melissa Rose Assuncao, Abdallah M. Attia, Molly Brennan Austin, Claudia Azzam.

Emily Baldwin, Yana Katherine Balich, Lindsey Morgan Ball, John Douglas Ballon, Alexa Jane Balonik, Jeffrey Lynch Barber, Leah Natalie Barnet, Rachel Taylor Baron*, John Bartkiewicz, Sarah England Basilion, Spencer Francis Bautista, Ricardo I. Benitez, Alexander Nicholas Benzell, Edward S. Berliner, Ross Lee Bernhaut*, Ryan Bhattacharyya*, Rohan Kush Bhaumik, Lauren Ashley Bigelsen, Chloe Ruth Blackstone, Mark Edward Blajsa, Brianna C. Blake, Samantha Mindy Blitzer, Alyssa Jean Blochlinger*, Justin Bokhari, James E. Boniakowski, Marie Bonnar, Jordan Ross Boretz, Sofia Bosdandjian, Shifali Bose, Peter Douglas Bott.

Ryan Joseph Bottone, Maria Bova, K. Daniel Bowers, Seth Matthew Braunstein, Alyssa Paige Braver*, India Michelle Braver*, Michael Raymond Briski*, Erick E. Brito, Daniel Ramond Broche IV, Laura Eugenia Brodziak, Aniyyah Nazirah Brooks, Patrick Michael Brown, Emily Rose Bruno, Samantha Michelle Bryden, Sarah Elizabeth Bujnowski, Frank V. Buonvicino, Daniel Brian Burke, Jane Sydney Burnett, Michael Joseph Butkocy, Sharon Ruth Byra.

Micheal Luis Cabeza, Justin Elias Capella, Matthew Ralph Carbone*, Elvin Cardona Jr., George Neto Carreira, Tyler Austin Carrico, Alexandra Mary Carvajales, Kyle Anthony Celeste, Walter David Chambergo, Urvashi Chatterjee*, Siyu Cheng, Lisa Cheung, Andrew Cho, Omar Salam Choudhury, Tiffany Chu, Patrick John Clarke, Michael Theodore Clemente*, Cortinaé Nicole Collins, Kara Rae Conley, Sarah Jessie Connelly, Ondrea Deborah Corsie, Danielle Concetta Corson, Michelle Costa*, Hannah-Kate Coultas, Jonathan Cracolici, Jessica Cunha, Jake Robert Cunningham, Sarah Currais.

Connor Patrick Daly, Vita O. Dambauskas, Abhinav Raju Dantuluri*, Molly Nicole Davis, Giovanna M. De Freitas, Matthew S. DeBiasse, Morgaine Ann DeLeonardis, Joselin Jael Delgado, Nicolas Delli Paoli, Daniel Deluty, Brian J. Denburg, Alana Taylor Dendinger, Dylan Joseph DeNicholas, Karan Niranjan Deo*, John Anthony DePinho, Harrison Vincent Deppner, Matthew Gilles des Gachons, William John DeTorres, Hayley Danielle Deutsch, Gurvir Singh Dhaliwal, Atharv Dhir, Michael A. Di Vito, Dexter A. Dias, Christine Michele DiBiase, Andrew Spencer Dill, Angela Nicole Di Nardo, Michael Robert Disch*, Jenna Marie DiStefano, Christian Orlando Dominguez, Jack M. Donahue, Maggie Shaughnessy Doran, Jessica Dounel, Kelsey Elizabeth Dreyer, Eric William Driver, John David Duensing, Amanda Dunn, Christopher Thomas Dunn-Meynell, Tyler Charles Dunster.

Danielle Marie Eder*, Rosette Epstein, Brian Ross Erickson, Anthony J. Espinosa, Liana Marie Esposito, Joseph Micelli Evangelista Jr., Brian Charles Faig, Nicholas Fairchild, Chris Felton, Dayna Fennimore, Steve Fernandes, Andrew Anthony Ferrandino, Eleni Jane Filippatos*, Kathleen Marie Finnegan, Alexander Pinto Fornelos, Jade B. Frias, Brittany Lee Fusca.

Nel Gaensler, Samantha Rose Galicki, Jamie Thèrése Gall, Gabriella Lyn Gambino, Melissa Gamoneda, Matthew Gannon, Samantha Alyza Garcia, Ashley N. Genoese, Ashley Ann Gentile, Christopher Matthew George, Nicole E. Ghandor*, Farris  Ghanim, Joseph Emanuel Giardina III, Bryanna Summer Giles, Carl J. Girgus, Justin A. Glazier, Brian Thomas Goessl, Jared A. Goetz, Maria Alejandra Gomez Polo, Monique Santos Goncalves, Marlee Brett Goodman, Rachel Katherine Gordon, Priyanka  Goyal*, Dana Marie Graziano, Bailey Foster Green, Adam Stanley Gregg, Latisha Monèt Griffin-Graham, William Peter Grosch, Joshua T. Grundfest, Joshua Thomas Guerin, Matthew Guglielmo, Kristy Gura.

Mark Pasquale Hagel, Zachary Hait, Elizabeth L. Hall, Andrew John Hanrahan, Ryan Scott Hardgrove, Emily Ann Harris, Samantha Celia Harvitt, Katelyn Healy, Matthew Thomas Herber*, Joseph M. Heunermund, Elizabeth M. Heyman, Sampson Ho, Brandon Michael Hodges, Kathryn Jin Holz*, Francine Dee Homilda, Clara Hong, Alexander Milton Hopwood, Robert Christopher Hovanec, Samuel Lee Howard.

Stephanie Lauren Ingber*, Sarah Clair Isaacs, Nicole Anne Ivan*, Zachary W. Iverson, Brandon Keith Jacques, Rebecca Mae Janicki*, Brian Jara, Ashanti Maki Johnson, Tiffany Melody Jones , Vincent Juliano, Caitlin Marie Kachmar, Morgan Rose Kaiser, Akash Inti Katakam, Joshua Evan Katz*, Joshua S. Katzen, Emily Keller, Cody J. Kelly, Kristina Elizabeth King, Joseph Leon Kinsella, Rebecca Marie Kirschbaum, Steven Matthew Klawitter, Joseph Kong, Sarah R. Kostick, Vance Harrison Kottler, Eszter Kovács, Alexa Nicole Krass, Jeffrey Scott Kukucka, Jesse Ty Kukucka-Doney, Samuel Joseph Kuperman.

Kit Lam, Maria Lamia, Michael Eugene Larkin, Brittany Anne Lattig, Michael Ryan Lavery, Alexander Ray Lee, Daniel Lee, Kevin Chen Lee*, Max Hunter Leibowitz, Trevor Lettieri, Matthew C. Liang, Nichole Ann Limbo, Jasmine Jiaming Lin*, Mia S. Lipari, Anastasia Livcha, Jasmin  Kah-Yan Lo*, Caitlyn Jean Loper, Robert A. Lord Jr., Caitlyn Louie, Scott Andrew Luciano, Audrey Allison Lukas, Nathaniel D. Luke, Michael Joseph Lupo.

Michael Shichao Ma*, Valedictorian, Breanne Michelle Mackie, Alison Paige Malat*, Scott Austin Mandell, Michael A. Manno, Jeffrey Allen Marshall, Nicholas S. Martin, Vincent Lawrence Martin, Iago C. Martins, Katy Ann Mason, Mina Masood, Dominick Mauro, Jillian Rose Mauro*, Alicia Maziarz, Alexandra Leigha Mazzarisi, Carlie Jennifer Mazzucco, Chelsea McCloskey, Connor James McGauley, Amanda Lynn McGrady, Kelly Anne McGrady, Craig T. McInerney, Kyle John McLaughlin, Rooni Mehta, Melissa Taylor Audrey Meireles, Sara M. Mejia, Nicholas Melillo, Keith Robert Mellea, Robert Nicholas Mellusi, Logan Carl Mendez*, Emily Mei Meringolo, Olivia Kristina Methuen, Richard Anthony Mickles Jr., Rocco Charles Mills, Nikita Mishra*, Bryan David Mitchell, Andrew Moglia, Lea Marie Monetti, Avery D. Montasser, Chelsea Anna Montelione, Fiorela Mora-Vargas, Christopher John Morales, Angelica Moreno, Joshua Morlino, Marissa Mary Morris*, Megan Leigh Morse, Christopher John Mott, Gary Paul Motyczka, Kush Mukerjee, Victoria Lynn Mulhern, Melanie Rae Muñoz, Heidi M. Munzer, Kyle Robert Murray*, Victoria Leigh Murray, Matthew David Musmanno.

Marko Andrew Nahorniak, Julia  Narakornpichit, Mark A. Naranjo, Courtney Nicole Nardone, Jessica Mae Naumovitz, Christopher Nguyen*, DeAnna Lauren Nicholson, Matthew C. Nielsen, Frank John Nitti, George Nicholas Nolting, Clayton W. O'Brien, Samantha Rayne Olexson, Julia Lynn Palazzo, Corey Paltjon, Shreyas Panchagnula*, Glen Robert Pantalone, Mark Edward Pantalone, Nicolas Delli Paoli, Juliana Leatrice Parinello, Mario Joseph Parisi, Amy Jooyoung Park*, Hyo Kyung Park, Mansi Bhupendra Patel, Michael John Pavlo, Rachel Marie Pepe, Megan Lynn Perez, Matthew Piatkowski, Anthony R. Picaro, Arielle Jennifer Pila, William T. Pinho, Mathew Pires, Kyrsten Rita Ponturo*, Rachel Lynn Prosser, Sean W. Pyle.

Connor Joseph Ragsdale, Manaswini Rajaram, Jessica Jane Ray, Reena Razdan*, Hannah Beth Reed, Amy Regan, Stephanie Fernanda Reis, Gabrielle Rose Rendinelli, Alan Joseph Reyderman, Phillip Benjamin Reytan, Jessica Rieger, Daniel Joseph Rietze*, John Christian Rizzi*, Christopher Patrick Robinson, Colleen Elizabeth Roche, Robert Joseph Rodriguez, Nicholas Tyler Roesch, Jose Adrian Rojas, Jessica Cecilia Romero, Jenna Ann Rotella, Leah Rose Roth, Matthew Robert Roth*, Emmanuel Rousakis, Jenna Nicole Russo.

Michael Andrew Shawn Saccento, Ruth Susan Sachariah, Jacqueline Michelle Sadlon, Alexander James Sadowski, Michael P. Sampson, Juliana Santana, Leon Santhakumar*, Robert John Santos Jr., Nikhil Saxena*, Zachery Robert Scanlon, Anneka Schechter*, Gail Marie Schulman , Lindsey Cate Schwartz, Melany M. Schwarz, Steven Edward Scibetta, Christina Rose Scolaro, Andrew P. Seipel, Laurel Aubrey Seltzer, Shannon Skye Semmling, Andrea Rose Sestokas, Debbie Sestokas, Aashka Shah*, Ami Shah, Haley Brooke Shapiro*, Emily Ann Sheitelman, Samuel Robert Sheitelman, Alexandra Jayne Sheppard, Nicholas Todd Sibilla, Jessica Fernandes Silva, Nicole Ann Silva*, Nicole Simoes, Sianna Marie Simon, Sean Forrest Simons, Robby S. Singh.

Jennifer J. Sinnott*, Michael Ryan Smiegocki, Emily Smith, Sarah Elizabeth Smith, Ashley Rose Solon, Stephen J. Soltys, Cathy Song*, Nube R. Sopla Urgilés, Anthony Franco Sorrentino, Kim Spaven, Brandon James Spiller, Michelle Antoinette Spiller, Apurva  Srivastav, Ryan Scott Stetz, Gregory John Stone, Kevin B. Straub, Andrew Richard Sucato, Julia Sun, Kevin Swidzinski, Dylan Synosky.

Riccardo S. Taglietti, Josef Pierson Tak, Alyssa Suzanne Tarasiewicz, Taryn  Tavormina, Catherine J. Teplitsky, Laura Kerri Thomson, Gerald Nolan Tigol*, Molly Rose Tishler, Danielle Leigh Tomassetti, Sean M. Tomassetti, Dylan D. Tomsky , Sean Anthony Tracey, Lauren Anna Treich, Kyle E. Troianello, Ryan Mark Trumpore, Robert Cole Tucker.

Courtney Urenovich, Manuel S. Urgilez, Neil Jain Vaish, Carlyn Joyce Vautin, Bradley Joseph Verdino*, Christian David Vergilio*, Stephen Daniel Vesper, Laura Maria Vesuvio, Ariana Iva Vidusin, Erika Heidi Waldner, Amanda Elizabeth Waller, Brianna J. Wallisch, Casey Gerard Walsh, Angela Wang, Christian Charles Wardell, Allison Ann Wedwaldt*, Rebecca Weiner, Max Robert Weinerman, Derek Walter Weisman*, Brooke Samantha Weiss, Shanna Kathleen Whelan*, Jamar Christopher Whitfield, Joshua Ryan Wilen, Andrew Edward Wilk, Kevin Michael Wilson*, Winfield Scott Winter II*, Samuel Wolfson*, Andrew Travis Wong, Sze Wing Wong, Mackenzie Elizabeth Wood*, Philip Stephen Wythe*.

Aaron L. Yang, Jiahua Ye, Wesley Yiin*, Salutatorian, John Francis Young, Eric M. Zadrozny, Michael A. Zampella, Christopher Michael Zanchelli, Christine Zinckgraf.

Jerry Searfoss June 22, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Congratulations to all the graduates! A special congrats to Dr. DiGanci on his final graduation ceremony as principal! Best of luck to all!
Jill Jacques June 22, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Graduation went so smoothly. Unfortunately, it could not be held outside, but all went well and the kids were happy. We were all so lucky to have Dr. D. as our principal for so many years. He is a one of a kind person who gives his all. He will be sorely missed.

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