718 Seniors Graduate from Aliso Niguel High School

For the complete list of graduates, please scroll to the bottom of this post

The Aliso Niguel High School Wolverine Stadium in Aliso Viejo swirled with teal, white and black graduation gowns and glittering dreams.

For the 718 graduating seniors, Thursday, June 6 commemorated a hard-won diploma, a handshake from the principal, and a walk offstage and into real life.

Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

“I have had the honor of watching you grow and mature into the amazing young adults you are now,” Aliso Niguel High School Principal Deni Christensen said during her welcome to graduating students, families, friends and colleagues. “We are together today with your arrival at this moment in time, here on this familiar field ready for what comes next.”

Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

In attendance were local elected officials including Capistrano Unified Board Member Gary Pritchard, Ph.D; City of Aliso Viejo Mayor Ross Chun; City Council members Tiffany Ackley, Dave Harrington and Bill Phillips; City of Laguna Niguel Mayor John Mark Jennings; Mayor Pro Tem Laurie Davies and Councilwoman Elaine Gennawey; and Capistrano Unified School District Associate Superintendent, Education Services, Susan Holliday.

Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

The commencement program featured a speech from Scholar of Scholars Angelo Sui. The honor is given to the student with the highest grade-point average.

“Look to your left, look to your right and look at the bleachers,” Sui said to seniors. “Give them a wave. This is your base and we will all help you get through the world.”

Nirmal Agnihotri and senior class co-presidents Jed Kaufman and Joey Mingo additionally delivered senior student addresses.

Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

Speaking to the graduating class of 2019, Christensen shared a message to seniors about embarking on a road trip of a lifetime that will involve adventure, perseverance, grit and discovery — although the journey will include risk and self-sacrifice.

There might not be an In-N-Out for 300 miles, or you might be like her back in the day and find yourself forced to ride in the back seat of a Chevy all the way from California to Nebraska each summer, she said to a laughing audience.

“Today may be your last day as a Wolverine and the end of one road trip, but it also is the first day of a new journey that holds all the promises, hopes, challenges and successes of your future,” Christensen said. “And so, the question is no longer, ‘What road have I traveled these past four years?’ but rather, ‘What road will I take in the coming years?’”

She suggested preparing a checklist for the trip ahead, with five important things to help along the way for what comes next, the first being a reliable and sturdy vehicle.

Seniors, she said, are the car in the metaphor.

Equipped with a collective high school education and experiences, his or her car is now packed and ready to go with the necessary skills; however, down the line, the car will need maintenance and customization. The only way to truly experience the road is to start driving.

The other four essentials?

A carefully calculated travel plan, meaning the goals seniors now have for life after high school.

A trustworthy GPS system, a guide of personal attributes and character traits solidified over the past 18 years with the guidance and love of family and friends.

A solid and reliable garage to return to after each adventure, being the hometown, high school and community.

And, most important of all, insurance, the team of people who love the graduate unconditionally, who will be the first to lend a hand and never have a loved one travel the road of life alone.

“Above all, remember that even a seemingly ‘ordinary’ life lived with honor and integrity is in fact extraordinary and perhaps the greatest personal achievement of all,” Christensen said.

“It is my belief that each of you can go on to live incredible lives, not only because of what you may do, but simply because of who you are,” she added. “Throughout the roads that lie ahead, it is my hope that you will always remember the many teachers, classmates and memories of Aliso Niguel High School.”

Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

The Choral Seniors Choir, directed by Jason Harney, sang the school’s Alma Mater and Farewell Song, followed by Christensen introducing the graduates with Pritchard and Holliday awarding the diplomas to each graduate.

Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

In late May, the school hosted its Senior Awards. Aliso Niguel staff nominated five students for the distinguished honor, Wolverine of the Year, a recognition bestowed to those who exemplify academic achievement, strength of character, warmth of personality, involvement in school and community activities and strong leadership skills.

The nominees with the highest number of votes were invited to participate in an interview process with a panel of administrators, teachers and staff. The finalists were Payton Dodd, Yash Gursahani, Abby Miller and Olivia Stokes, and Wolverine of the Year was awarded to Jason Johnston.

For more graduation coverage, visit CUSDInsider.org.

Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Joey Mingo, left, and Jed Kaufman give the Senior Class Co-Presidents Address during the 2019 commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Commencement ceremony for Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

The 2019 Aliso Niguel High School graduates are:

Jasmine Achak

Olivia Agnew

Sophia Agnew

Nirmal Agnihotri

Kole Aguirre

Janine Ahmed

Sanah Akbari

Sophia Akhavan

Sawsan Al Jashami

Laith Almashat

Christopher Alston

Fares Altaki

Maxwell Alvarado

Josiah Carlo Amante

Jared Amaral

Katelyn Amarillas

Geneva Amigliore-Bruns

Arman Aminpour

Sejun An

Austin Anderson

Madison Anderson

Madison Anderson

Ambrose Anderson Wolf

Nicole Aoude

Kimberly Aranda

Sheryl Arman

Michael Artalejo

Joanna Artemow

Salma Askalany

Helia Aval

Alejandro Avila

Marize Awad

Carter Axelrod

Ashlee Azarbal

Mina Baha

Kenneth Baierl

Angelius Bajarias

Grace Baker

Sean Baker

Jordan Baksic

Jessica Baldo

Athena Balthasar

Carina Barad

Ivy Baron

Jacob Bass

Arya Bastani

Lauren Battle

Simone Behary

Brandon Behnke

Matthew Bell

Chaya Belland

Connor Bentley

Neil Bergin

Parker Berney

Brooke Berry

John Paul Binato

Sophie Blaisdell

Karissa Blanchard

Maxwell Blocker

Seth Bloom

Jakub Bobro

Annabelle Bode

Isabella Bogoeski

Zachary Bohedba

Eloise Bowmer

Kayla Bowmer

Zander Bradley

Gavyn Brewster

Katie Brooks

Carley Brown

Ryan Buckler

Kendra Burke

Samantha Burton

Coral Bustos

Bradley Buszta

Sean Butier

Logan Butka

Sheenan Nae Caballes

Sadie Camacho

Yesenia Campuzano

Jordan Cantiberos

Maria Carapia Espinoza

Isabella Carle

Connor Carmody

Antonio Carmona

Valeria Carrillo

Maddelynn Carvalho

Sean Casey

Robert Castellano

Domenica Castillo

Christopher Castillo Valadez

Kamila Castrezana

Dylan Castro

Madilyn Castro

Michelle Castro

Alisha Cerniglia

Yasmine Cervantes

Nafanil Ceshkovsky

Riley Chahine

Adam Chan

Christopher Chang

Crystal Chang

Ethan Chao

Nina Chao

Jasmine Chedotte

Jenny Chen

Salina Chin

Rachel Christenson

Marisa Chronister

Matthew Chung

Jaden Clark

Ethan Clary

Shane Clewley

Emily Coleman

Aletha Collins

Isaak Contreras

Jake Coony

Ross Corbo

Maximiliano Corona

Frank Cotinola

Grant Couper

Tyler Cowsill

Chloe Craw

Gary Crebar

Madeline Crockett

James Crones

Nahum Cruz

Matthew Cuevas

Dylan Cullinane

Janie Custer

Tannaz Dahandeh

Sarah Dakak

Sahil Dani

Abigail Danielsen

Riley Danna

Rebecca Darnell

Brennan Davis

Jordan De La Riva

Mariana De La Torre

Austin Deans

Kendall Decker

Amanda DeGraw

Anthony Jr DeMolina

Megan Denny

Mya Densley

Esha Desai

Eva Desai

Jacob Dethlefs

Jocelyn Devereux

Bryce Dewald

Nicole Diaz

Joseph Digiacomo

Connor Dishno

Anirudh Divecha

Kayley Dlugos

Payton Dodd

Kelsi Donaldson

Karlie Doney

Michael Doran

Adam Dorenstreich

Ellarie Downs

Braeden Dragon

Raul Duarte

Jaryd Dukes

Jack Dunn

Jarett Dwyer

Hannah Edson

Deena El Hasan

Andrew Eldridge

Ryan Elgersma

Kaitlyn Elpedes

Jana Elsobky

Justin Emmal

Jacob Empfield

Joseph Erdodi

Joshua Escalante

Arzhan Esmaeili

Rozhina Esmaeili

Emma Estep

Emma Eubanks

Jack Ewert

Cameron Ezratty

Gabriella Fajardo

Garrison Faridi

Gavin Faridi

Mario Faza

Rosha Feizi-Lighvan

Jade Ferer

Brianna Fernstrom

Catarina Ferraro

Jared Ferrer

Bergen Fessenmaier

Luke Fields

Jeselle Figueroa

Grace Finch

Craig Fiske

Evan Fitterer

Alejandra Flores

Jesus Flores

Suzette Flores

Brandon Fluhr

Devenicio Fornaro

Trevor Franklin

Aubergene Frazilus

Benjamin Fruman

Jakob Fruman

Samara Fruman

Jonathan Fuentes

Michelle Fuentes

Elise Fukubayashi

Brooke Funaro

Owen Furlong

Jaden Gallardo

Nicholas Garcia

Alec Gattuso

Grace Gentile

Madison Gentry

Carter Gill

Verinia Gillebaard

Kaylie Gingras

Anastasia Giourgas

Jack Goedecke

Brandon Goldberg

Uriel Gomez

Gabriela Gonzalez

Isabella Gonzalez

Tristan Gonzalez

Grant Graden

Chance Graham

Georgia Granelli

Noah Greco

Katrina Green

Oscar Gregerman

Kyle Grier

Juliana Griffith

Ellie Groh

Camille Grover

Mikailah Guerrero

Noah Guerrero

Rachel Gunning

Yichen Guo

Yash Gursahani

Jaedon Gyimah

Ghazal Habib

Elliese Hagemeister

Justin Hagins

Yujin Hahn

Kaylista Halliday

Ryan Halphide

Jolie Hans

Christina Heine

Amanda Henry

Tyler Hepburn

John Herbold

Siena Herman

Charles Hernandez

Andre Herrera

Jason Hickman

Joshua Hill

Justin Hoang

London Hodges

Audrey Hoehner

Garrett Holman

Brandon Holt

Joanne Hong

Ethan Hoopingarner

Taylor Horne

Max Horowitz

Thomas Hosmer

Samuel Hougan

Jack Howard

Shaun Howard

Hanna Huber Munemura

Tyler Hudson McCune

Matthew Humphrey

Sireen Humzeh

Tanner Hunter

Ashton Ialenti

Joshua Ibarra

Sean Ibarra

Kerry Ibarra Barazorda

Shady Ibrahim

Erica Ingebrigtsen

Campbell Inlander

Lyndsey Inouye

Jessica Isquierdo

Maya Jacob

Sydney Jacobs

Brandon Jacques

Aydean Jafarian

Vandad Jahanbakhsh

Kiavash Jalili

Henna Jamal

Denice Jamiro

Gabriella Janssens

Annie Jarvis

Banuri Jayalath

Grant Jennings

Jordan Jessen

Alejandra Jimenez

Daniel Jimenez

Victoria Jimenez

Kellie Johnson

Skyler Johnson

Charles Johnston

Jason Johnston

Brody Jones

Sophia Jones Pizzulli

Noah Jorgensen

Andrew Jun

Daniel Jung

Seth Just

Samira Kader

Gregory Kadera

Chaise Kakuk

Ryan Kan

Min Kang

Karim Kassab

Jedidiah Kaufman

Alireza Kaveh

Megan Keene

Brian Kelly

Emmeline Kim

Eugene Kim

Jonah Kim

Jonathan Kim

Laura Kim

Matthew Kim

Nathaniel Kim

Tommy Kim

Yoona Kim

Wesley King

Hannah Kirby

Savannah Kish

Victoria Klopstock

Allyson Klotz

Andrew Koesel

Jasmine Koirala

Nicole Korica

Lauren Koschel

Sadra Koutroulis

Jacob Kravitz

Tyler Krzycki

Jacob Kuhn

Matthew Kuljam

Lauren Kuo

Hitomi Kuwayama

Katherine La Fetra

Brooke Labrador

Kaden Labrador

Jolo Luis Lacson

Madilynn Lamaestra

Natalie Lamanski

Joshua Lane

Gwenyth Larco

Jeremiah Larracuente

Logan Layral

Gabriela Lazo

David Le Bioda

Allana Lee

Da Un Lee

Elliot Lee

Jason Lee

Joshua Lee

Nathaniel Leedahl

Michael Lee-Epstein

Justin Leonard

Austin LeRoy

Sebastian Leyran

Emilee Lian

Jorge Lievanos Martinez

Blake Lindsay

Makenna Lipscomb

Brennan Liu

Travis Lockhart

Donovan Loughrey

Joshua Nicolas Lozada

Sophia Lucas

Matthew Lueken

Christian Lunt

Dylan Luu

Kayla Macabitas

Raquel Macias

Aubry Mackin

Claire Mahaffey

Nika Mahdavi

Donovan Maldonado

Jose Maldonado

Danielle Mandichak

Wayan Manely

Michael Mangels

William Mankin

Matthew Mann

Misha Manushree

Brendan Marmion

Kate Martin

Kenzington Martin

Alondra Martinez

Jordan Martinez

Madelynn Martinez

Stefanie Martinez Galvan

Deniz Masjedi

Austin Mason

Tatum Masterman

Quinn Mathews

Cristina Mathiason

Julia Matsumura

Leo Mayhand

Amaya McCormick

Cameron McDaniel

Thomas McGinity

Dylan McKeehen

Audrey McKeon

Jacob McLaughlin

Riley McQuay

Shekinah McStay

Katrina Medel

Sergio Mendoza

Theo Merrill

Vlada Merrill

Mya Metcalf-Lucas

Paige Meyers

Matthew Michaels

James Milks

Abby Miller

Emma Miller

Jack Miner

Joseph Mingo

Truman Minor

Ayana Miyoshi

Aubree Moeller-Whitney

Omid Mogasemi

Zain Mohammed

Teodora Moisa

Mason Monarch

Tallulah Monk

Arturo Montes

Melanie Montes

Jose Montoya

Marianella Montoya

Nathan Moore

Jack Moorehead

Jenna Mootchnik

Austin Morales

Luis Morales

Nicolas Morales

Dominick Moran

Sean Morris

Christian Mosher

Charlotte Moss

Gianna Moyer

Austin Muirbrook

Sean Murphy

Hunter Naegele

Sameer Naguib

Ronak Naik

Vishnu Nair

Adam Naji

Leslie Nava

Emma Neemann

Malea Nelson

Samuel Neuhaus

Cynthia Nguyen

Ethan Nguyen

Jacob Hyun-Suh Nguyen

Jacob Viet Nguyen

Nathan Nguyen

Daniel Nieto

Ariana Nin

Mariamiyu Nishii

Jack Norcross

Caroline Norton

Katherine Norton

Seth Norton

Jeffrey Novak

Jade Novida

Amanda Nunez

Eve Nunez

Aidar Nuriev

Alexandra Ogar

Scott Ogar

Shane O’Hara

Sebastian Olmedo

Johanna Maeve Ortiz

Morgan Ostgaard

Joseph Oursler

Bailey Pack

Nathan Pak

Nahal Pak Jesmpour Fard

Emily Palanjian

Kavya Palliyaguruge

Utsav Parajuli

Joann Park

Kathryn Parker

Kian Parva

Chayush Patel

Kalen Patel

Neal Patel

Alexandra Patino

Nidhi Pawar

McKade Pay

Haydin Pazdur

Reise Peltier

Liam Penkethman

Diana Perea Bautista

Nikolai Perelman

Anika Perera

Elyssa Perez

Martin Perez

Michelle Perez

Vanessa Perez

Zachariah Perez

Katrina Perkins

Daniel Petikian

Henry Pfrommer

Colton Pham

Queenie Pham

Kathi Phan

Michael Piccione

Brooke Pinyan

Jared Plett

Carson Poremba

Gabrielle Poremba

Madeline Porter

Sophia Portillo

Lorenzo Posada

Arshia Pouraryan

Payam Pourshariati

Brooke Pritchard

Brittney Prusty

Aubrey Quan

Kayla Queen

Ashton Quigley

Ava Quinn

Connor Quinn

Jacob Radford

Ashley Rae

Arman Raeisian Nejad

Alexander Rafiee

Arianna Rajai

Leilani Ramirez

Ashley Ramos

Alison Rannalli

Madeline Rappaport

Tyler Ray

Connor Redemske

Ielisiah Reese

Heidi Reinke

Alexander Reshotkin

Therese Reyes

Andrew Richter

Griffin Riddle

Fernando Rincon

Zachary Risheq

Kyle Robertson

Vanessa Rodriguez

Shanelle Rodriguez Perez

Naia Runneboom

Trinity Russell

Ava Rutherford

Michael Ryu

Patricia Ysabel Sabordo

Parsa Sadeghifard

Natalie Sadighi

Deven Sais Lessard

Ximena Salazar

Kiara Salceda

Daisy Salinas

Amir Samadoff

Daniel Sanchez

Daphne Aria Sanchez

Isaias Sanchez

Samantha Sanchez

Naji Sarsam

Amanda Savage

Dena Sayrafi

Clayton Scherer

Brayden Schiller

Caytlyn Schmuhl

Jenna Schoen

Edan Seagondollar

Ellen Seo

Dhwani Shah

Sahil Shah

Edmond Shahbazyan

Skyler Shan

Grace Shapiro

Sara Sharifzadeh

Ellie Shepard

Mia Shimomura

Rojan Shirvany

Alyssa Shon

Jacob Shultz

Natalie Siciliani

Darin Sie

Kevin Sie

Mackenzie Siesel

Amaya Silvas

Shelby Simpson

Chloe Singer

Sarjot Singh

Justin Sivilla

Ida Skenderian

Hannah Skurkey

Kayla Slater

Ashley Slomsky

Sean Slusiewicz

Filip Smagorowicz

Ethan Smith

Evan Smith

Garrett Smith

Kendal Smith

Morgan Smith

Tanner Smith

Chloe Solomua

Jose Soriano

Zeidi Soto

Sarah Spencer

Rachel Sportelli

Jordan Sprick

Nicholas Stablow

Natasha Stavroules

Mason Steele

Dana Stefanides

Jack Steiert

Jonathan Stevens

Olivia Stokes

Sophie Stoll

Kaydin Stone

Angelo Sui

Wyland Sund

Lani-Kalei Suyama

Madison Swain

Isabella Swelland

Seyed Parham Tabatabaei

Kara Tabel

Allison Tackett

John Taft

Erisa Taghizadeh

Dillon Tang

Zide Tarzi

Dana Tate

Xavier Tavernier

Sean Taylor

Celeste Tehranchi

Niki Tehrani

Jordan Terry

Arman Teymouri

Madeline Thompson

Tor Thompson

Elena Tkachuk

Kensuke Tokutsu

Alexander Tolmachev

Braeden Tolman

Niusha Tolouee

Dean Torres

Dione Antonio Torrevillas

Liuvao Toughey

Jenna Townsend

Kit Tran

Lawrence Tran

Robert Tran

Nicholas Travis

Nicolas Trichery

Alexander Triestman

Jed Turner

Nolan Upchurch

Madelyn Upton

Cole Valentyn

Jeffrey Valentyn

Zoey Valley

Nathan Van Dyke

Manuela Velasquez De-Arco

Cesar Villalvir

Sarah Virgin

Harlene Virk

Kyle Vom Steeg

Maxwell VonSeggern

Brandon Vu

Madyson Wade

Andrea Wahba

Geoffrey Walker

Macie Wallin

Kyle Wanamaker

Sultan Wardak

Gawrawa Warnakulaarachchi

Morgan Warner

Gregory Waugh

Hayden Weber

Maximillian Weber

Garrett Weitz

Kiley Welch

Henry Westfall

Bryan White

Skylar White

Anna Whitson

Sydney Wiederkehr

Negasse Williams

Trevor Williams

Jack Wilson

Nadav Winograd

Ashley Woodford

Caden Woodie

Barbara Yamasaki

Carissa Yao

Andrea Yoo

Austin York

Jonathan Yoshihara

Christopher Yun

Kian Zabihi

James Zagorski

Calista Zervakos

Pushu Zhang

Eileen Zhu

Zheyuan Andy Zhuang

Zheyuan Angela Zhuang

Audrey Zinn

Sebastian Zolog

 

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