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UHS Class of 2022: “We persevered and came out stronger”
UHS Class of 2022: “We persevered and came out stronger”
Posted on 06/12/2022
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It was a celebration of resilience, dedication and embracing the future at the Utica High School Class of 2022 commencement ceremonies.

“In this time of unpredictability, we never fell flat. We persevered and came out stronger,” said speaker Luka Jalics. “We learned that even if our environment changes, even if the world changes, we will find a way.”

Senior speaker Aaron Jahn encouraged his classmates to continue using those that got them to graduation – equating their support and each graduate’s move forward to the handrail on the Utica High School staircase. 

“Move one step at a time, or maybe you’re daring enough to skip every other step. Regardless, grasp that handrail on the way. When you reach the top, embrace the feeling of achievement, but don’t forget the people that supported you the whole way up.”

460 UHS seniors received their diplomas Sunday evening at the Oakland University O'rena. 

Superintendent Robert Monroe reminded students that their community will be there to support those endless possibilities. 

“When your parents first registered you in Utica Community Schools, you received a lifetime contract,” he said.  We not only represent your hometown and your roots, but we are also the individuals and relationships that will last a lifetime. Look around this arena – the people who surround you today will be with you always.”  

Board of Education Vice President Denyeal Nesovski encouraged graduates to always question and find better ways for the problems they face in the future. 

“Every time you see something that doesn’t quite look right, remember to do what you have always done - ask why and come up with a better way,” she said. “If you do that, we will know as your school community and as your parents, that we have done our job.” 

Principal Thomas Lietz recognized the many achievements of the class, including 81 valedictorians and salutatorians, top honors in athletics, Career and Technical Education, journalism, presidential scholarship and national merit scholarship programs, and even a published author.

“This class has shown incredible grit and resilience in the face of a global pandemic that could have knocked you down but taught you to stand up straighter! This class not only persevered, it excelled!,” he said. 

Congratulations to the UHS Class of 2022:
Joshua Philip Abraham 6
John Stewart Adkins
Subash Adusumilli CL 4
Evan Wayne Aeck CL 8
Zayna Agha SCL 4
Nour Alhouda A Ahmad SCL 2 4 8
Karrar F Al Bakri CL
Travis Dean Alandt
Alexis Kennedy Alore CL
Shana Alsafar SCL 4
Edgar Yahir Ambriz
Dalvin Antias
Cameren Nathaniel Armour
Aulona Ashiku MCL
Akram Askoul
Laney Marie Aucoin
Riley Scott Augustitus
Zackariyah Hussein Awkal 5
Hamza Ayaz SCL 1 2 4
Jason Joshua Azar
Madison Nicole Bajis SCL 1 2 4
Sabrina Hope Balaska
Athraa Duraid Adeeb Balo
Marissa Michele Barch MCL 4
Ryan James Barel 8
Delena Dolor Bashi SCL 4
Jelena Batanjski
Amanda Rose Beauvais MCL
Tyler James Bell
Sydney Marie Bely CL 6
Caroline Elizabeth Bernardi SCL 4 6
Morgan Genevieve Bernardi SCL 1 2 4 7
Om Dharmin Kumar Bidja SCL 1 2 4 5
Anthony Lawrence Bleck MCL
Angelina Maria Bojaj SCL 1 3 4 7
Mary Nicole Borus SCL 1 2 4 7
Alexander Allen Bratten
Keisha Alezis Bronner
Saniyyah Nikayla Bryant
Samantha Nicole Bryer
Kristina Anastasia Buck MCL 1 4
John Russell Buffa CL 4 7
Fady Saad Buni SCL 1 4
Jenna Nicole Burnham MCL 4
Danelle Angela Burns CL 1
Lara Bassam Butrus 8
Antonio Domagoj Capelj SCL 1
Matteo John Caporuscio SCL 1 2 4
Isabel Carina Carceller SCL 1 4 7 8
Isabella Marie Carlson SCL 1 2 4
Frida Nicole Carrizales CL 7
Chloe Mariah Caruso
Charlotte Frances Catherwood MCL 5
Rocco Luigi Cesario
Sofia Grace Chapoton
Dylan Sylvester Chase
Aaron Gabriel Chavez
Elyse Ann Chene
Kimberly Frances Chetosky
Anthony Phillip Chirco SCL 1 2
Kayla Lachele Christian MCL 4 8
Allison Avery Chunchick
Abigail Noelle Clark SCL 4
Ellen Orion Clark
Dax David Clarke II
Kaytlin Diane Cleveland MCL
Jenna Lynn Clinard
Angelina Rose Consolino
Jack Brian Costandi SCL 2
Mary Verona Cottone SCL 1 2
Jonah Daniel Cross
Jason Michael Cubitt CL 4
Sebastian Culliton
Joseph William Cunningham
David Cupi
Dennis Cupi
Ana Cvetkovski SCL 1 2 4
Alexander Anthony Dabish
Michael Fadi Dahdah
Anthony Salem D'Alessandro
Alexis Elizabeth Daniels SCL 4
Ayi Kwei Armah Terrance Daniels
Riley Andrew Davey
Quinn Michael Davis SCL 1 4 6
Robina B Dawod CL
Kimberly Denise De La Cruz Ley
Anna Marie Dedaj MCL 4
Andi Dedgjonaj SCL
Kilian Delgado-Guerrero
Nicholas John DeMaestri SCL 1 2 4
Alec James Demas CL 7
Dalton Scott Dempsey 6
Ella Frances Derisley
Jackey Gerard DeRosa MCL 1 4
Aidan Riley Dillon CL 1
Gino Carmelo Dimaggio
Darija Dimkovska SCL 2 7
Connor Anthony DiPonio CL 4
Irina Cvetanka Djelovska SCL 1 2 5
Juliano Jack Doda SCL 1 2 4 7
Monica Dodaj
Lawrence John Dokaj SCL 1 2 4 7
Mitchell Jay Donovan SCL 1 2 4 7
Emma Catherine Doucette MCL
Zoe Olivia Doyle SCL 1 4
Jaxson Douglas Drew
Jack Garrett Droelle SCL 1 2 4 7
Liam Campbell Duncan
Hannah Jolie Dupuis MCL 4
Nathan Anthony Noah Eichmann
Brandon Lee Elder
Sean Patrick Elechicon 6
Sophia Mary Elfakir
Zachary David Elrod
Zoey Danielle Elrod CL 4
Tyler Patrick Evans MCL 7
Jackson Vaughn Everaert
Gilberto George Fairweather
Nicolette Margherita Farnese SCL 1 2 4 7
Jessica Paige Farnsworth MCL
Aariz Ahmed Farooqui
Klair Atef Farouk SCL 1 2 4 7
Yousif Fatohi CL
Alexis Paige Ferrell
Itzel Julianna Flores
Anthony Marcellus Flowers Jr
Keegan Scott Forbes
Ashley Elizabeth Fortman MCL 1 4 7
Sophia Marie Foskic SCL 1 2 4 5
Mirna Fouad
Gordon Anthony Frandle MCL 4
Lawrence John Yulo Frantilla
Grant Dorino Freestone
Connor Reid Froberger SCL 4
Ronaldo Ftoni
Alexander Gajni
Dylan Bradley Gallatin
Jorge Aquilar Garcia CL 7
Aurelio Ramon Garza
Ashlynn Amara Gazaway
Alesia Gega
Gabrielle Nevaeh Germanski SCL 2 4
Danish Muhammad Ghias MCL 1 4
Isa Brielle Gibson
Tanvir Singh Gill
Enri Gjoka CL
Rozalba Gjoka SCL 4
Linda Gjonaj MCL 1 4 8
Martina Gojcevic
Jaren Anthony Goldsmith 5
Colin Jeffrey Gollish
Rea Gollopeni SCL 1 2 4
Alivia Morgan Gonzalez
Kailani Rain Gotts 7
Zachary Charles Gregory
Zoe Faith Gress 5
Guenevere Marie Griffith
Antonio Vince Grillo
Gjuliano Grishaj
Nikolas Edmond Grooms 6
Michael John Gryn SCL 1 2 4 5
Dylan Jacob Hadfield
Ava Elizabeth Haithcock SCL 2 4 5
Piper Sage Halbhuber
Jenna Renee Hanson SCL 4 7
Jordan Christian Harrington
Lily Ava Harris MCL 4
Collin Lee Harrison
Grant Michael Harrison MCL
Benjamin Douglas Hartley 8
Blake Michael Hartline
Kalvin John Hasenauer 6
Audry Jane Hayes
Kinsey Lauren Heersma SCL 1 2
Isabella Marie Hellebuyck
Alexa Mary Hermez
Ashton Jamie Hill
Hayden Nicole Hill
Andrew Bradley Hilliker CL 7
Halayna Rene' Hills 8
Dylan Joseph Hintz
Christian Ho
Joseph Hoang SCL 4
Lauren Leslie Howard MCL
Kaleb Christopher Huard MCL 6
Quentin Jude Hutchinson
John Ivezaj SCL 2 4
Aaron William Jahn SCL 1 2 4
Fahad Sameer Slaiwa Jajana
Luka Orion Jalics SCL 1 2 4 5
Alex Michael James
Gabriella Marie Jarbo SCL 1 2 4 7
Samantha Lahib Jarbo MCL 4
Desirae Hannah Jarbou SCL 1 4 8
Joshua Frederick Jarvis
Max Anthony Jeffries CL
Shane David Joachim
Alyssia Lee Johnson CL 1 4
Jeffrey Ian Johnson
Joseph John Johnson
Lexie Marie Johnson CL 8
Samantha Marie Johnson MCL 4 8
Brandon Joseph Johnston MCL 1 4
Dylan Marie Junkin MCL 4 7
Maycie Grace Kadrich MCL
Megan Rose Kaszubski SCL 4
Chanel Katoula SCL 1 2 4
Chantel Katoula SCL 1 2 4
Isaac Aziz Kattoula
Anneke Marie Kauppila SCL 1 4
Hannah Maria Kauppila SCL 1 2 4
Kevin Kekic MCL 4 7
Evan William Kellermeyer
Kaetlyn Paige Kelly
Brooke Elizabeth Kessen SCL 1 2 4 5 7
Alexander John Keta SCL 1 2 4
Amar Kaur Khakh
Devin Raymond Khami
Morgan Denise Kirby
Nathan Shane Kline
Abigail Joy Kochanowski SCL 2 4
Aiden Scott Kochanowski SCL 1 2 4
Angelique Terese Korkis SCL 1 2 4
Mallory Elizabeth Kort MCL 1 4 9
Theodore Garret Kosarek MCL
Bryce Daniel Koteles CL
Elizabeth Rae Kozen SCL 1 2 4
Cordelia Claire Carmen Kraus SCL 1 2 4
Andrew Jacob Kryscynski
Alina Krystyna Kusnierz MCL
Abdullah H Kuzah
Sophia Rose LaDue MCL 4 7
Brianna Danielle Lafever MCL 4 7
Armando Lalaj
Austin Jack Lamphier SCL 1 2
Justin John Landwehr
Joseph Philip Lang MCL
Nicholas Stephen LaRose
Donovan James Larsen MCL
Haile Angela Larsen MCL 4
Chloe Jade Larson CL 4
Andrew John Lasceski MCL
Rachel Lynn LaVoy MCL
Jackson Scott Lawson MCL 4
Sophia Elizabeth Leming CL
Logan Richard Leonard
Tyler Clifford Leonard
Hannah Christine Lesner CL 4 7
Steven Daniel Lindstrom MCL 4 7
Meagan Deborah Livdahl
Jenna Lynn Lize' MCL 4
Regan Nicole Ludwick
Lucas Jeffrey Lupinski SCL 1 2 4 5
Aydin Mahmutovic
John Dennis Mahoney 6
Aurel Malaj
Kristina Pllumb Malaj
Alexis Faris Manni CL
Jerome Robert Mannino
Elizabeth Emily Manuszak SCL 1 2 4 5
Lauren Marchon Manzella SCL 1 2 4
Amelia Olivera Markovski MCL 1 4 7
Angelo Nue Marku
Evan Erik Martens MCL 6
Isabel Marie Martens SCL 1 5
Atenea Martinez 7
Santino Vincent Maselli
Alexandra Eden Massey
Matthew Dominic Mattia CL 4
Alexis Nicole Maxwell CL 4 5
Robert Anthony Mayberry
Rylie Nicole McChesney
Robert Romeo McGarry
Emma June McNicholl 8
Sophia Ann Meguid SCL 1 2 4 7
Justin Joe Mendoza-Hernandez
Vysion Montease Metzger
Shelby Paige Michalski MCL 4
Gabriella Milicaj MCL
Eric Michael Miller MCL
Ryan Thomas Miller
Ethan Scott Mills
Luke Matthew Milne SCL 1 2
Anthony Joseph Minjoe MCL 1 4
Sarah Ann Mittag SCL 1 2 4
Brooke Ann Monarch CL
Maeson Fernandez Monsod
Matthew George Montalbano
Abby Nichole Moreland
Weston James Motloch SCL 6
Marisa Elena Munteanu MCL 4
Cameron Terell Murphy
Janelle Namo
Jose Jovani Navarrete Cardenas 7
Makayla Rose Newcomb SCL 1 2 4 7
Da Anh Nhan Nguyen
Sophia Khanhvy Nguyen
Samantha Louise Norris SCL 2 4
Brendan Patrick O'Hara
Ryan James O'Herron
Andrew Ryan Oke
Trevor Daniel Pace Jr
Vito Palazzolo SCL 1 2 4
McKenzie Genevieve Palicke MCL 1 4
Liliana Isabella Pansera
Steven Russell Paquette SCL 1 2 4
Alexa Noel Patalon MCL
Blake Joseph Patterson MCL 7
Mikayla Rae Paul SCL 1 2 4
Baylie Noelle Payne
Joseph Brant Perry 8
Amanda Grace Pesola CL 7
Jordyn Rose Peterson SCL 1 4
Vy Nhat Phan SCL 1 2 4
Emily Grace Phillips MCL 1 4 6
William Charles Anthony Phipps
Daniel Brian Pillion SCL 1 2 4 7
Olivia Christine Pinto SCL 1 2 4 7
Katrina Lynn Piotrasch
Rhianna Anne Pizzuti
Alexis Michelle Plonka SCL 1 2 4 7
Anna Nicole Potter MCL 4
Zachary Ryan Powrozek SCL 1 2 4
Alessia Preka CL 1
Arjona Prela CL
Michael Alexander Priebe SCL 1 2
Alyssa Nicole Pulizzi MCL
Bassam Yaser Qadri SCL 1 2 4 7 8
Genesis Paule Rabine 7
Delaney Arin-Jade Ramon 6
Ethan Salvatore Randazzo SCL 1 2 4
Angelina Rose Rea SCL 1 2 4 7
Allison Lynn Rene Resk
Sofia Grace Ricciuti
Madeline Ruth Richman SCL 1 2 4
Alexander Michael Rineer MCL 4 5
Zachary Ethan Robert
Brice David Roelandt CL
Alyssa Katherine Rojeski SCL 1 4
Kailey Anne Rowell
Briana Leigh Rowoldt SCL 1 2 4
Sophie Moanay Rutherford SCL 1 2 4
Ayden Alexander Salmo
Renzo Pietro Salvatore
Kayla Arianna Sanchez
Lanice Deanna Sanders
Sarah Michelle Santangelo
Ercole Michael Santilli
Kiera Bernice Schultz SCL
Andrea Selboja
Tyler Joseph Sergent
Madalyn Grace Sesi MCL 4
Mya Warine Shaba SCL 1 2 4
Bernadette Catherine Shamoon
Jackson Matthew Sheridan
Rylie Ella Genevieve Sidney
Rebecca Elizabeth Sierzenga MCL 4
Viviana Garcia Silva
Adrianna Grace Simovski MCL
Shelby Brianne Skrzypczak
Jayden Slaughter CL
Thomas Anthony Sleiman SCL 1 2 4 7
Ethan Calvin Smale MCL 1 4
Joshua Glenn Smith
Macie Lynn Smith
Stephen Lee Smith 8
Riley E Sokolowski SCL 1 2 4 7
Mara Ashley Speros
Joshua David-Alan Springer
Nykol Nevaeh Stack
Avery Noelle Stellman SCL 1 2
Molly Anna-Marie Stephens MCL 4
Kristian Stojanovski MCL 1 7
Pellumb Subashi MCL 1
Bradley Thomas Suggs CL
Elizabeth Rose Summerfield
Luke Joshua Sumner SCL 1 2 4
Katherine Elizabeth Sunday SCL 1 2 4 8
Lillian Grace Szathmari SCL 4
Leah Danielle Talerico SCL 1 8
Alina Kim Tang
Jillian Mae Taylor CL
Jacob Edward Terranova SCL 1 2 4 5
Nivin Firas Thabit
Evan Joseph Thayer
Jena Ruth Theiss MCL 4
Aaron Joseph Thielen SCL 1 2 5
Emily Joy Thompson SCL 1 2 4 7
Olivia Noel Thompson MCL 4
Gabriel Evan Timmins 7
Ava Grace Tocco MCL
Damian Hunter Tokar
Matthew Richau Toma
Makenna Felicitas Tribula
Julian Samuel Trimceski CL 1 4 6
Eva Joelle Troyanovich SCL 2 4 6
Devin Sebastian Turanik
Kaitlyn Mary Tuttle SCL 1 2 4
Sajid Mohammed Uddin CL 4
Avery Jewell Urban SCL 1
Saja Usman
Stephanie Grace Vaida MCL 7
Frank Joseph Valenti II
Anthony Wilson Van Buren
Ryan Walter Van De Winkle MCL 1
Alessandro Joseph Van Simaeys
Taylor Nichole Vance MCL 4 7
Tyler Scott VanDenBrouck
Kaytlyn Blair Vandercook
Samantha Nou Vang
Kara Nicole Vanlacken
Katelyn Courtney Verellen-Curtis MCL 4 7 8
Elvis Vuktilaj
Jiaqi Wang MCL
Rita Sameer Wadeea Wardi CL
Brianne Lizabeth Weberg
Alison Lisa Wegner SCL 1 2 4 7
Lorenzo Karl Weihermuller 4
Natalie Noelle Weir
Darren William Welch SCL 1 2 4
Madelyn Helen Wheeler
Thomas Michael Whitehead
Ariyana Rae Wilson
Kaitlyn Elizabeth Witkowski
Logan William Witt 4 6
Nathan Mark Wolgamott
Emily June Woodard MCL
Olivia Christina Wright
Jordyn Lilyann Wurth MCL 4
Sandra Yaldo SCL 1 2 4 7
Dakota Austin Young
Andrew Yousif
Miguel Yousif
Blake Michael Zagata
Andrew John Zakens
Anika Zaman SCL 1 4
Wiktoria Helena Zaremba
Zachary Zavala
Brianna Adele Zawierucha SCL 1 2 4 7
Gavin Brooks Zbytowski SCL 1 2 4
Danilo Zdravkovic SCL 1 4 7
Chloe Maryn Zeolla MCL 1 4
Lelian Ziad

Utica High School Class of 2022
Total Number of Graduates = 460
SCL = Summa Cum Laude 3.9 and above
MCL = Magna Cum Laude 3.7-3.89
CL = Cum Laude 3.5-3.69
1 = UCS Advanced Placement Scholar
2 = Valedictorian
3 = Salutatorian
4 = National Honor Society
5 = Utica Center for Mathematics,
 Science and Technology
6 = Utica Center of Science and Industry
7 = UCS Seal of Global Language
8 = AVID
9 = Advanced Placement Capstone
 Diploma Candidate