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M-A's Class of 2019 says farewell

 
Graduates celebrate during commencement at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton on Thursday, June 6. Photo by Magali Gauthier/The Almanac

Menlo-Atherton High School's Class of 2019 received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony held on the school's football field on Thursday, June 6, at 4 p.m. There were 564 graduation candidates, according to the school.

The student concert band and orchestra, under the direction of Kent Kurrus, played "America the Beautiful" and "Final Countdown," and concluded with "Pomp and Circumstance."

The Menlo-Atherton Choirs, directed by Patrick Maier, sang the national anthem. Later in the ceremony, the choirs sang "Don't Stop Me Now" and "Vivir Mi Vida."

Senior class adviser Eva Neumann welcomed the audience of family and friends.

Senior speakers and their topics were: Melody De La Quintana on "Grateful"; Elliot Schena on "Embracing Uncertainty"; Jayla Hill and Elise Kratzer on "Connections"; Brandon Ortega on "Four IDs, Four Years, Four Stories"; and Christopher Ikonomou on "Missed Congratulations."

The graduates

A Haley Elizabeth Abarca, Isabella Abarca, Stesha Abello, Javier Antonio Acosta Renderos, Gabrielle Emily Adler, Jonathan Aguilar Escorza, Folashade Oyinkansola Akinola, Adriana Monserrat Alarcon-Hernandez, Kaila Alcazar, Erika Cristina Aleman, John Aleman, Alexis Alfaro, Toninia Shirlee Allen, Jose Manuel Alonso, Katya Michelle Alvarado , Angie Georgine Alvarado Rivas, Cynthia Abigail Alvarenga Escobar, Melody Troncoso Alvarez, Jared Alvarez, Efrain Alvarez-Zamora, Christian Edwards Andersen, Klemens Lennart Anderson, Thomas Benjamin Anderson, Jake Thomas Andrew, Mia Elisabeth Angioletti, Hilda Rubi Antiveros Caballero, Amir Michael Arami, Jesus Alfredo Arellano Garcia, Vanessa Jazmine Arevalo, Ayda Aricanli, Traves Martin Arredondo Valencia, Daniel Arreguin, Anisia Marie Arreola, Haley Benton Arrington, Araceli Lizbeth Avalos Torres, Beckett Avary

B Kenia Elizabeth Baires, Lauren Elizabeth Baker, Cameron David Baker, Giselle Ball, Molly Banks, Miguel Barajas, Alexa Danisha Barajas Esparza, Yafet Barajas Gomez, Rosemary Barajas Serna, Brisa Barajas-Castillo, Alon Barak, Jaeden Jerah Barker, Kobie Trent Barker, Antonia Barona Saavedra, Richard Barrera Jimenez, Angela Abigail Bautista, Annabel Virginia Baxter, William Beasley, James Andrew Beckwith, Ella Ariana Begovic, Z Jean Cottrell Bekemeyer, Yajaira Benitez, Ling Sophie Bennett, Haley Michelle Berg, Timothee Berthier, Alejandro Betancourt, Zoe Elizabeth Bever, Amrita Bhasin, Ronal Blanco Lopez, Kayla Rose Blau, Olivia Marina Blome, Baylie Bofenkamp, Saarth Bonde, Matthew Aaron Bortolazzo, Jadah Monét Bottley, Claire Marie Bozdog, Collin Andrew Brahana, Sophia Lashay Brewer, Jason Sevoy Bruce, Kevin Daniel Brumfield, Brice Buathier, Alex Richard Horowitz Buckley, Daniel David Burke

C Edwin Cabrera Gonzalez, Louisa Taylor Calhoon, Evelyn Grey Calhoon, Madeline Elizabeth Campbell, Dennis Canales Martinez, Jude Caspian Carabetta Goncalves, Claire Elisabeth Carhart, Grace Catherine Carlson, Xavier Carrou, Shaun JR Carter, Courtney Mae Castagna, Emily Castaeda Martinez, Cuauhtemoc Adrian Castellanos Silva, Leidy Judith Castillo, Natasha Alena Castillo, Omar Alexis Castillo Virrueta, Pedro Francisco Causor Fernandez, Carlos Manuel Centeno, Karina Gissel Cervantes Arteaga, Jenna Adeliya Chaplinsky, Chamapan Charucharuspong, Jose Jacob Chavez-Navarro, Sydney Cheek, Sorana Cheta, Hannah Tsung-Ling Chew, Meghan Donnelly Child, Luke Anton Christen, Megan Emily Chu, Maile Coberly, Rogelio Cobian-Vargas, William Colbert, Alexander William Coleman Stavridis, Lauren Dana Collinsworth, Jocelyn Contreras, Jonathan Isai Coot-Gongora, Darren Francis Cordoviz, Jessica Abigail Corona, Lidia Guadalupe Cortez, Finnegan Thomas Cramer, Caroline Sanchez Cronin, Karen Jacquelyn Cruz Mendoza

D Jared Antonio Da Cruz Griffin, Michael Everett Dailey, Sean Thornton-Hall Davidson, Melody Juliana De La Quintana, Melissa De La Torre Castillo, Brian Del Río Valencia, Noel Kurt Cayanan Dela Cruz, Sarah Grace Demmon, Emma Thayer Denend, Finnegan DePuy, Katherine Hope Derrough, Bryan Diaz, Henry Diaz, Lessly Lisseth Diaz, Charlie Diaz, Natalie Dicks, Jonathan Dicks, Lauren Olivia Dineen, David Peter Discher, Christopher Jang Disibio, Mikaela Alizee' Douglass, Ashelay Duncan, Nicole Dundas, Kiernan McKenny Dunn

E Jessica Eagle, Annika Sophia Ebert, Quantedius Eichelberger, Nadia M Eizadi, Asmaa Mohamed El Jibahi, Yajaira Elizondo, Tara Ellingson, Jennifer Enriquez Bucio, David Chase Entwistle, Abigail Francis Ericson, Elizabeth Leilani Esafe, Erika Sugely Escobar Romero, Sarah Michelle Escobedo Lopez, Elizaira Jahmai Espinoza, Jose Israel Espinoza Madrigal, Kaitlin Marie Espiritu, Oron O'Dell Estes, Nicholas Raney Evans

F Sean Nicole Fabrega, Brandon Alexander Fajardo Arias, Siueti Paea He Lotu Ki Louisiana Fakahau, Elenoa Reupena Falefa, Siaosi FaleTau, Dylan Corey Fallon, Matisse Nicolas Ferrand, Benjamin Michael Ferrick, Katelynn Josephine Fichou, Giselle Aida Fierro, Erica Lorraine Fischer, Miguel Alejandro Flores, Diana Flores-Mojica, Christopher Michael Fong, Maya Helena Fors, Sarah Kim Friedman, Lucida Madeline Fu, Lauren Marie Fuller, Liam Michael Fulton-Moskowitz, Naomi Nicole Fuson

G Daniel Gafni, Marlene Galvan, Ethan Gao, Marina Elena Garcia, Salvador Garcia Alvarez, Guadalupe García González, Daved Garcia Lopez, David Angel Garcia Mancia, David Adrian Garcia Mira, Irene Garcia Moreno, Yajaira Garcia Pena, Judith Garcia Regalado, Brisa Anahi Garcia Villa, Katherine Ivon Garibay, Evelin Yajaira Garibay Verduzco, Julian Torres Garza, Andrew Steven Geiser, Connor Daynes Gentile, Max Harrison Gerber, Serena Kay Gertner, Edward Stephen Ghazarossian, Nils Glader, RicAnthony Mathew Gold, Derek Maxwell Golob, Jessica Gomez, Yara Jazmin Gomez Zavala, Jorge Gonzalez, Daisy Marilyn Gonzalez, Abigail Grace Goudey, Taylor Ann Grafstrom, Cooper Gran, Abigail Marin Grossman, Jaime Manuel Guardado, Abraham Guerrero Tello, Lauren Ruth Gursky, Ava Jeanne Gutheil, Sandra Argelia Gutierrez Carmona, Mayra Alejandra Gutierrez Lucatero, Jovan Pablo Guzman

H Nicholas Stephen Hafer, John William Hale, Margaret Amanda Hall, Quinn Lewis Hammel, Cecilia Hanna, Jack Grant Hansen, Autriyana Adele Hardy, Michael Joseph Hawkins, Deston J Hawkins, Adrian Alexander Heatley, Cole Wesley Hecimovich, Taniela Koloa Heimuli, Grant Taylor Henry, Anthony Osmar Hernandez, Hector Daniel Hernandez, Joanna A. Hernandez Luna, Ricardo Leon Hernandez Marquez, Brisa Hernandez Marquez, Danny Hernandez-Martinez, Tyriece Orlandus Hildrenth, Jayla LaShae Hill, Monica Cheri Hill, David McMillan Hilton, Malia Tomitila Arina Lee Hoeft, Greta Marie Hoffman, Nicholas Michael Holmes, Heath Leigh Hooper, Bryan Huerta Alvarez

I Alexander Nikolai Iakovlev, Fernando Ibarra Rincon, Lyudmila Ignatovich, Christopher Ikonomou, Israel Islas Torres, Russell Moore Ives

J Will Jairel Malik Jackson Roundtree, Luz Yamile Jaimes Ramirez, Felix Daniel Sahen Jeantet, Carly Miya Jespersen, Malik Johnson, Rashad Jamal Johnson, Luca Atticus Bijan Johnson, Jean Sawyer Jones, Maya Akayla Ann Jones, Kathryn Patricia Jones, Maxwell Francis Joyce, Sofia Elena Juarez

K Alina Hope Kalmeyer, Hayley Siena Karp, Max Frasier Kaufman, Kendra Keating, Emma Elizabeth Keep, Thomas Kelly, Eleanor Elizabeth Kennedy, Dina Berhane Kibrom, Aster Berhane Kibrom, Jonathan William Kim, Alexander King, Laura Whelan Kirk, Roshia Kirk, Julia Katherine Kispert, Brandon Michael Klapper, Steven Richard Klein, Siua Paul Koka, Lauren Elizabeth Koo, Jack Sarkis Kouzoujian, Kayla Michelle Kranen, Elise Hamilton Kratzer, Miyu Kuboi, Conrad Kuhlmann, Emma Lucy Kuhnen, Misha Chernev Kulshresta, Krishna Adrian Kumar

L Cole Lofthouse Laderman, Gerardo Landa-Sandoval, Tracy J Lane, Samuel Paul Laprais, Raphael Andre Laprais, Mason Ryan Lau, Samantha Le, Anna-Blanca Leake, Sarah Edwards Lehman, Nathan Lepulu, Alicia Letvin, Yvette Clarissa Leung, Zoe Levitan, Emily Linares, Axel Fabian Fox Ljunggren, Stephany M Llanes, Heriberto Lombera, Barrett Elizabeth Long, Sophia Katherine Longo, Julio Lorenzo Lopez, Alexis Uriel Lopez Aguilar, Antony Lopez Cruz, Andrea Fernanda Lopez Martinez, Edgar Galileo Lopez Molina, Frances Nashalisse Lopez Rios, Eduardo Antonio Lopez Valadez, Alondra Loza, Karime Lozano Villalon, Miles Edward Lucas, Lauren Eva Lutge, Nicholas Samuel Lutz

M Richard FonuaFoou Makoni, Louis Francois Malan, Hector Maldonado, Daniel Maldonado, Rut Esmeralda Maldonado Leyva, Margaret Malecek, Alifeleti Paula Malupo, Dazlyn Lorae Mangrum, Valery Marin Revolorio, Anthony Luciano Marini, Diego Sebastian Martinez, Jesus Martinez Leon, Edgar Mauricio Martinez Merlos, Ioane Elijah Masuisui, Mahonilai Matu, Pelenaise Patua Maufualu, Lauren Patricia McDonnell, Lyric RanaeCymone McKay, Brendan Lee Adams McLaughlin, Devin Christine McNerney, Alejandro Medina Garcia, Cole Mediratta, Alejandro Nicolas Melara, Leonel Mendoza, Citlalli Mendoza, Andres Francisco Mendoza , Tania Alessandra Merolla, Zachary Skott Meyer, Joshua James Meyers, Amanda Wushuang Mihovilovic, Mathew E Miles, Mayra Millan Perez, John Eastman Touya Mills, Jake Miranda Gonzalez, L'Ijasha Sayana Tanisha Mitchell, Yesenia Monroy-Campos, Daniel Yalden Montgomery, Isabella Grace Montoya, Gabriela Estefani Mora Caracoza, Yareli Nathaly Moran-Arteaga, Maxine Moss, Samson Motuliki, Emilie Mueller, Miranda Mueller, Jillian Marie Mullarkey, Victoria Elena Munoz Norzagaray, Artyom Muradyan, Lakshmidurga Murahari, Mahalakshmi Sri Murahari, Thomas James Murff, Jack Powell Murphy

N Kalani Keoni Napoleon, Matthew Joseph Neumann, Eva Margaret Neumann, Ahoeitu Tauelangi Ngalu, Ashley Nguyen, Jazmin Nieves Calixtro, Erin Kelly Noble, Fernando Jesus Nunez-Garcia

O Eduardo Ochoa Sánchez, Joseph Olshausen, Lucas Connor Olson, William Grantleigh Olson, Jazmin Orozco Flores, Brandon Ortega, Bernardo Garcia Oseguera, Mohannad H Osman, Sara Elisabeth Osterberg, Zachary Mark Ostrow, Jonathan Oviedo Pena, Catherine M. Owen, Dilara Ozbutun

P Lorenz Dale Andaya Pacana, Eduardo Neftali Pacheco Olan, Lorena Yamileth Paco V, Joey Franco Padilla, Bryan Padilla Chavez, Michael Thomas Pagee, Andy E. Pascual Piedrasanta, Madeleine Ruth Paul, Joseph Paulo, Elijah Gene Payne, De'Marshaun Du'Pree Payton, Giovani Peña-Gonzalez, Alondra Pérez Gómez, Diego Perez Gutierrez, Luciano Perez Hernandez, Exson Perez Jacob, Hannah Pérez Parsons, Andrea Hope Perez-Hamilton, Elizaveta Pertseva, Mitra Hazel Pezeshki, Simon Piero Pintz, Charlotte Plewman, Lily Katherine Poat, Daisi Edilza Ponce Fuentes, Aashka Popat, Lesly Dennise Posada, Symone Tatyanna Price

Q Anna Elizabeth Quinlan

R Karen Anne Gagan Rakow, Luz Mariana Ramirez, Alyssa Ramirez, Claudia Paola Ramirez , Dianne Ramirez Alarcon, Odalys Marileysi Ramirez Lopez, Luis Antonio Ramirez Rodriguez, Frank Anthony Ramirez-Aguilar, Sandra Ramos Rodriguez, Yajaira Jazmin Rascon Elisondo, Thomas Rehor, Sunaina Relan, Saul Resendiz Cruz, Ian James Rist, Fernando Adrian Rivera Alvarado, Seamus Wade Robinson, Virginia Yanet Rocha, Fidel Romero, Ninarose Roybal, Tamajah Rufus-Crain, Tae Rugh

S Angel Adonay Saavedra, Diego Moises Sabio Paese, Ammar Yahya Safdari, Colin Kenneth Sakamoto, Sierra Sakrison, Yatzari Crystal Salas Cortez, Julian Sanchez, Alexa Sanchez, Ezekiel Sanchez Acevedo, Ashley Isabel Sandoval, Blake Teymour Sanie, Samira Sankaran, Noah Savelson, Ilaria Scafetta, Luke Monroe Scandlyn, Elliot Aerin Schena, Andrew Payton Givens Scott, Kyle Ann Scott, Evelyn Eileen Segura Chavez, Robert Phillip Alberto Seiguer, Sainimere Sema, Allen Shahshahani, Devan Shiva Shanker, Hannah Elizabeth Shaw, Neel Sinha, Charles Smith, Alexander James Smyth, Alison Marie Snyder, Kelly Ann Sockolov, Brayan Antoni Solorio, Giselle Solorio, Jennifer Alexandra Solorzano Galdamez, Aditya Srinath, Blake Amir Starling, Zariah Nicole Stevenson, Aya Hamazaki Sugiura, Thomas Sullivan, Anamaria Sulunga-Kahaialii, Joelle Grace Swarner, Kostandino Sweezy

T Tevita Katoa Aehau Tafuna, Juan Antonio Tajimaroa Cortez, Vai Takitaki, Giselle Alondra Talavera Rios, Joanna Lynne Tasch, Kiuola He Lotu Teu, Joshua Madison Thibault, Kathryn Thurston, Julia Erin Bergman Thyfault, Samuel Payne Timm, Carl Edwin Tinsley, William Martin Tinsley, Lily Halston Tolentino, Brenda J Torres, Brian Torres Anell, Guillermo Alejandro Torres Segovia, Alan Ivan Torres Yanez, Charles Ladon Troxel, Madelyn Trujillo, Koby Cruz Tryggestad, Abigail Chloe Tudor, Benjamin Clayton Tuipulotu, John Tully, David Nathan Blair Twersky

V Gisselle Gullianna Valdes, Jose Martin Valdez Sanchez, Samantha Samantha Valdez Sanchez, Samantha Valdez Sanchez, Ithzamar Machain Valencia, Axel V Valle, Rinaldo Antonio Valle, Bastiaan Alexander Van Buiten, Juan Pedro Vargas, Nicolas Adulfo Vazquez, Viola Marie Vea Tuipulotu, Joshua Steven Velazquez Rios, Isabela Janese Villa, Alexis Francisco Villanueva Arroyo, Anshul Vinayak, Peter Vitale, Lauren Madison Vontz, Griffin William Voss, Napoleon H Vuong

W Chase Helen Wagner, Maia Waissar, Anna Ning Wait, Parker Smith Wall, Anthony Leclerc Waller, Jake RayKai Wang, Sabrina Marie Watkins, Alex Parker Watson, Olivia Weil, Abigail Louise Weiss, Roan Joachim Weston, Zackary Alan Wilhite, Andre Golden Wilkins, Sydney Andrea-Sade Williams, Logan Solomon Wilson, Max Wong, Nicholas Rowan Wong, Jonathan Woodland

X,Y,Z Sophia Xinqi Xiao, Alexander YenHoang Yen, Elizabeth Ann Young, Christiana Jenny Young, Karina Sei Hee Yum, Ellery Olivia Zacharias, Christian Ivan Zamora, Estreya Zamora, Jessica Lizbeth Zamora, Katelyn Elizabeth Zanolli, Elliot Albert Zeien, Hunter McClary Zell, Diego Armando Zepeda, Gabriela Mirella Zet Aguilar, Aaron Dong Zheng, Juliana Audrey Zolopa, Andrea Zuñiga Garcia, Carlos Arturo Zurita

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Posted by Curtis Neumann
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 11, 2019 at 8:11 am

Congratulations to all of the 564 2019 graduates of MA and to the staff for all they have done to provide the education, support and guidance to our kids to this important milestone. As parents, my wife Theresa and I will especially miss the the soccer and football games and Mr. Maier’s Concerts. And, of course the fashion show was a big hit. May all the graduates use this achievement to go on to achieve success in their lives and to make this a better world for all.


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Posted by Kate Kennedy
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jun 12, 2019 at 4:45 pm

Congratulations to all the graduates and to M-A for hosting such a wonderful ceremony! And thanks, Almanac, for the wonderful photo of my daughter high-fiving a friend after receiving her diploma. :)


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