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UHS Class of 2021 celebrates being one of a kind
UHS Class of 2021 celebrates being one of a kind
Posted on 06/05/2021
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To be a Utica High School Chieftain is to be something special.

“They say Chieftains are the definition of leaders; and we, as Utica High School Graduates, will continue to lead with integrity,” said senior speaker Selena Sulaka.  “I am proud to say, Once a Chieftain, Always a Chieftain.”

It is this uniqueness that was celebrated during Saturday night’s graduation ceremony, which was held at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill.

“Whether working at a simple job or writing a speech, putting in our own uniqueness is how we can remain true to ourselves,” said valedictorian Kadia Kustarz.  “The ability to be unique in each way is what makes life remarkable, different from others and therefore filled with its own set of challenges—which we are meant to overcome and grow from. 

In congratulating his classmates, valedictorian Turn Tomatti encouraged his classmates to see beyond stereotypes.

We often see each other as one-dimensional and fail to acknowledge what makes us who we really are,” he said. “A label cannot define us, we define ourselves through our actions, and we may make mistakes, but all of our actions combined help us grow into better, more capable people.”

Superintendent of Schools Robert Monroe said that while the world may be forever changed by the last 15 months, there are a few absolutes that will be part of the graduate’s future.

“No matter your future challenges or successes, there will be people of strength who unconditionally love you,” he said.  “It is a fundamental law of nature that there is an innate goodness in others that war, economic instability or even a pandemic will never destroy.”

Board of Education President Dr. Mary Thomas  spoke to the graduates on each family’s hopes and dreams for the future.

"You will always be in our minds and our hearts," she said.  "We will never stop caring for you."

More than 400 UHS seniors received their diploma.

“The standards were high, and each of you have met or exceeded those standards,” principal Thomas Lietz said. “You have become leaders, respectful and confident young men and women ready to take on the next phase of your life. 

Congratulations to the UHS Class of 2021

Alberto Steve Aboona

Nicholas Abreu Leonel CL 4

Savyola Bashar Afram 8

Hunter Abdul Ali

Lein Saif Alomar CL 4

Zainab Majid Hendi Alsabti CL 1

Raymond Nikolas Altmann

Sedra Mohammad Osama Alzayat

Athena Alexandria Amyx SCL 1 2

Lewis John Anderson

Cahmari Claude Armour

Heba Askoul

Cora Lynn Ayotte

Nicholas Michael Backus Jr

Autumn Ann Baldridge

Cody Steven Bartlett 8

Anjuli Rose Basilisco MCL 4 5

Mila Batanjski MCL

Jobe Michael Bazzo

Nathan Zachary Bazzo

Katelyn Josephine Beauvais SCL 1

Joseph Caleb Becerril Garcia

Elliott Mira Benjamin

Brett Lawrence Berg SCL 1 2 4

Mohammed Mustafa Bermani

Nicole Lily Bienkowski

Shay Alyson Billberry MCL

Natalie Rose Birli

Dalton Roy Bodenbach

Robert Jason Bowyer

Asya Janea Bradford

Alexa Marie Buckner CL

Brooke Elizabeth Budd 8

Anthony Joseph Buffa SCL 1

Christopher William Bull 1

Tyler John Bullock CL

Maryam Buni SCL 1 2 4 7

Jenna Rose Buss SCL 1 4

Diviani Ameer Butros

Jonathan Sorin Buzas MCL 6

Jayden Christopher Byrd

Carolina Campos Leon 7

Dane Michael Cargill SCL 1 2 4 6

Michael Joseph Carroll

Katherine Margaret Cavanaugh

Madison Dunnett Cesarz SCL 2 4

Jamauri Torris Chapman

Leslie DaVon Cheateum IV

Maria Elizabeth Chesnutt CL 4

Fangzhe Chi CL 1 6

Renee Ming Cilluffo SCL 1 2 4

Michael Edward Ciubotaru

Jenna Marie Clark SCL 1 2 7

Chloe Cheri Ann Cloud

O.C. Cole III

Olivia Ann Combs MCL 1 4

Sean Patrick Condon

Brianna Nicole Confer SCL 4

Benjamin Michael Conley

Nathan David Cook

Alice Correj

Alec Jeffery Cousino SCL 1 2 4 7

Dylan Ross Cubitt MCL 1 4

Ethan Arien Culbert

Hannah Leigh Culbreath

Jonathan Thomas Cunningham

Jocelyn Rose Cusenza

Aleksandar Cvetkovski CL 4

Delaney Alexis Dahl MCL 4

Joseph Rico Dailey

Abai Daniel MCL 1 4

Akash Daniel SCL 4 7

Paige Elizabeth DeArment

Emanuel Dedi MCL

Lizmari Dedi CL

Michael Dedvukaj

Julia Leona DeHondt MCL 4

Ava Sinclair Denton SCL 1 2 4 7

Jose Maria Diaz SCL

Christian Pasquale Dicicco

Santino Rosario DiNoto

Nolan Edward Dishman SCL 1 2 4 7

Martin Dokic

Angy Doshi

Zachary August Dries

Ann Elizabeth Droelle SCL 1 2 4 7

Jason Matthew Dubrico

Shaylin Marena Durham

Matthew Garrett Edwards

Jacob Hunter Egnatoski MCL 4

Emily Renea Eisenhardt

Alexis Marie Elder

Sami Elfakir

Devin Lamont Emerson

Aaron Nicholas Engelhardt SCL 1 2

Destiny Eshaq CL 4

Fadi Adnan Esho SCL 1 2

Cassidy Justina Hyonim Eskew CL 4

Christian David Evans

Julia Marie Evans

Spencer Cade Fagan

James Chaves Fair MCL 1 6

Kamron Lee Farnam

Hailey Alexis Fehn MCL

Brynnlee Rose Felice

Yasmine Saad Fettohy MCL 1

Kurt Johann Fleischer

Zakoray Scott Forbes

Dayana Forgione Medina

Lyle Foster

Romad Rochad Foster II

Emma Diane Fromm SCL 1 4

Gianna Nicole Fuentes

Elana Sophia Fullmer SCL 1 2 4

Jonah Michael Gabriel CL 4

Matthew Charles Gaereminck

Kaitlyn Lily Gailey 6

Arielle Alexis Gamez

Julien Melecio Garcia

Jenna Inas Gargis CL 4

Samuel Gegaj

Ethan David Gehrke

Leonard Yousif Georges SCL 1 2 4

Zachary Michael Gillespie SCL 1 5 7

Erjona Gjelaj

Monika Gjokaj 8

Valentina Gjokaj

Karina Gonzalez-Antunez 7

Emil Edward Lawlor Gora MCL 4 6

Isabella Monika Gorgees MCL 4

Adam Lawrence Gornicki

Brandon James Grappin

Xavier Lezar Green

Riley James Greenwood SCL 1 2 9

Alina A Grib

Kaylee Joy Griffin

Francesco Alex Grillo

Mya Jade Gross 8

Alicja Grzegorzek SCL 1 2 4

Annie Grzeszczak

Alyssa Lynn Guaresimo

Jacob William Guty MCL 1

Jordan Edward Haass

Mary Lisa Hado 8

Aspen Hunter Halbhuber

Kaitlyn Walid Hanna

Brittany Faith Harko 8

Aaron Lee Harris

Shanya Rebecca Harris

Lyle Alexander Harrow MCL 1

Tyler Scott Hartman

Tyler Andrew Harwood

Brooklynn Nicole Hathcock

Olivia Nicole Hayes SCL 1 2 4

Katelyn Marie Hebel SCL 4

Andrew Louis Heck

Brendan Reagan Hedge MCL 4 6

Shelby Kate Heman MCL 4

Francesca Maryam Hermez

Maryann Theresa Hermiz SCL 1 2 4

Jessica Lauren Hipkins-Pyles

Kevin Delvon Holloway Jr

Samuel Patrick Holmes

Kymari Lindsey Hudson

Zayne Michael Hull

Daniel Ji Sung Hur SCL 1

Victoria Tran Huynh SCL 1 2 4 9

Albi Hysenaj

Peter Kays Isho

Valentina Ivanaj SCL 1 2

Ethan Martin Jackson SCL 1 2 4

Alyssa Christine Jacob MCL 4

Kayla Nicole Jacob SCL 1 2 4

Zackri Leonard Jacobs

Tiffany Anna Jagoda

Olivia Renee' Janish MCL

Jason Najib Jarbo Jr MCL 4 5

Jonathan Raid Jebroo

Taylar Leigh Johnson CL

Gianna Angelina Johanna Johnston

Sarah Grace Johnston 8

Amir Markell Jones

MaHalie Lynn Jones

Pierce Anthony Jones

Ashley Kaur

Kyle Katoula SCL 1 4

Kathryn Jalal Kattoula

Julia Ann Kavanagh SCL 1 2 4 5

Evan William Kellermeyer

Andrew James Kerby

Aiden Richard Ketchum

Garrett Rian Keusch

Aeida Khamissi MCL 7

Jenna Corin Kilburg CL 4

Steven Michael Kilgore

Lindsey Catherine Kilian

Alexander David Kindl

Ryan Andrew King 8

Lorenzo Atheer Kiryakos

Anna Maria Kitsios SCL 1 2 4

Alvin Kola

Katelynn Leann Kozen SCL 2

Kaitlyn Marie Krajewski CL 4

Reagan Adrian Kremhelmer MCL 4 7

Corinne Rosaria Kunz

Maxwell James Kunze

Kadia Mia Kustarz SCL 1 2 4 7

Justin Joseph LaBarge

Elisha Mari Labrada

Abigail Katherine Lang

Gabrielle Langelier-Reeves SCL 1 4

Justin Hunter Lees

Dylan Michael Lelito SCL 1 4

Emma Jacqueline Lelito SCL 1 4

Grace Elaine Leonardi

Alexander Maxwell Lewis CL 4

Madelyn Marie Lindecker CL

Serenity Nicole Littrell SCL 4 7

Jacob Timothy Livingston

Jenna Marie Renee Livingston CL

Rigert Llano

Brandon Michael Lockard SCL

Joshua Brian LoCricchio MCL 6

Sarah Isabella Caudal Lorenzo CL 4

Andrea Gaetano Loria

Timothy David Lubien SCL 1

Fjolla Lucaj SCL

Rafal Waeel Ahmed Luhaib

Ardolf Lumaj

Trinity Marie Lupu MCL

Liam Scott MacKenzie SCL 1 2 4

Keagan Michael Mahar SCL 1 2 4

Kiara Lynn Maiorana MCL 4

Ashton Paul Mamou CL 4 5

Alaina Georgia Mancini CL 7

Francis Faris Manni 8

Sara Samer Mansour

Brandon Steven Manuszak SCL 1 4

Paolo Anthony Manzella 1

Nrec Marki

Doumenek Maroki CL

Evan Gabriel Maskell

Evan Vincent Mason

Branden Lee Massey

Kristian Matovski

Haval Jamal Matti SCL 1 2 4

David James McCabe Jr SCL 1 2 7

Caroline Phillips McDade CL 4

Logan Peter McDonald

Evan Taylor McKenzie

Brooklyn Anne McLaren 8

Danna Nickole Melendez CL 4 7

Benjamin Joseph Metcalfe

Haley Renate Michol SCL 1 2 4

Victor Milicaj SCL

Haley Lee Miller

Joshua John Miller

Noah Scott Miller SCL

Madeline Cheyenne Minton

Allison Elizabeth Mispelon MCL 1

Kanika Mohan MCL

Lena Maria Monticciolo

Rory Michael Montreuil 4 6

Kyle Anthony Moore

Skylar Abigail Moorefield SCL 1 2 4

Luisa-Andreea Mudura CL

Elizabeth Anne Mulvaine MCL 4

Mena Hazel Murrani SCL 1 2 4

Elsaida Nacaj

Jovan Namo SCL 2

Morgan Kimberly Nankervis

Luke Raid Nassri

Garrison C Nicks CL 4

Carson John Nicoletti

Angela Jims Nissan

Donald Myron Noll

Olivia Anne Nordin SCL 3

Jacqalyn Hailey Nottingham

Joseph Roger Nowak

Jaden Taylor Nuculaj MCL

Akrofi Michael Ocansey

Kariana Jordyn Odister SCL 1 4

Mackenzie Lynne Olmstead

Samantha Sakura Onkalo SCL 1 2 4

Nicolina Josephine Opoka SCL 1 2 4

Alexandria Faith Ording

Tori Lyn Ottenbacher MCL 4 6

Benjamin Matthew Owczarek

Cole Robert Pado

Isabella Grace Page CL

Davan Rane Palmer

Anthony Duane Parker 8

Bhavin Di pak Patel

Mihir Chandrakant Patel SCL 1 2 4

Collin Ghanim Pattah

Dylan Michael Pawenski MCL

Mike Angel Pecaj

Joseph David Christian Pielack SCL 1 2 4

Dylan Matthew Pillivant SCL 1 4

Gregory Andre Pitts III 8

Alexis Marie Powerski MCL 1 4 6

Evan Douglas Prange 6

Ariyana Maria Precaj

Alexandra Marie Pulaski SCL 1 2 4 9

Shawn Michael Puwal

Adrian Qafa

Damien Xavier Quintana

Olivia Marie Raichle

Bryanna Crystal Ramirez CL 7

Vianey Noemi Ramirez

Jacob Giuseppe Randazzo MCL

Kirk Edward Rasmussen II CL 4

Alicia Nicole Rayl

Samantha Paige Raymond CL

Avinash Manjipuzha Reji 5

Shelby Lynn Remeselnik 4 5

Leah Renee Remy SCL 4

Connor Joseph Rennell SCL 1 2 4 5

Edgardo Andres Renta SCL

Sophia Lea Maria Resk

Evan James Rewitzer

Gabrielle Lolita Rhodes CL

Sarah Grace Ricci MCL 4

Madeline Annemarie Riggs CL 4

Makenna Lynne Riley

Matthew Gerald Robertson SCL 1 2 4

Burke David Robins

Maryam Roel CL

Christian Andre Roginski MCL

Shelby Nicole Romeo

Clarissa Serenity Bailey Rose

Filip Rosic MCL 4

Abigail Alaina Ross

Vincent Armen Russo

Aliyah Nicole Rutkowski SCL 1

Alexandra Rae Saad

Wesley David Sadler

Justin Tyler Salisbury

Larry Alex Sanders III

Isabella Anne Santori

Anna Marie Saputo MCL

Jacob Wallace Schick 6

Garek Edward Schmidt

Samantha Ann Seeger

Anand S Seetharaman SCL 1 2 4 5

Ethan Scott Setera

Avery Grace Severance

Marina M Shabo

Joshua George Shaffer

Rita Nameer Shair SCL 1 2 4 7

Austin Shakouri SCL 1 4

Merna Sinan Shakouri MCL 4 7

Natalia Mary Shakouri SCL 1 2 4 7

Brittany Danielle Shock MCL 4

Manpreet Singh Sidhu CL

Isabella Aileen Sill

Martina Simonaj

Alexis Jasmina Simovski SCL 1

Nikko Nebojsa Simovski

Simrandeep Singh MCL 1 4

Landon James Sitarski

Allison Paige Smith SCL 4 7

Brooke Nicole Smith

Haley Rose Smith

Harmony Faye Snooks

Sachit Soni SCL 1 2 4 5 7

Zoie Lee Starking SCL 1 2 4 7

Ryan Daniel Stec CL 4

Faith Elizabeth Stewart 4

Brennan Mathew Stone

Shane Edward Strasdin

Vincent Thomas Strehl

Maria Logan Suffredini SCL 1 2 4 6

Anjaleen Nashwan Sulaiman

Selena Sulaka

Christian Jon Swiatek 6

Brianna Nicole Taylor

Hannah Lynn Taylor SCL 1 2 4 7

Julia Irene Teper SCL 4 7

William Beckley Thatcher

Kristina Pilar Thorne MCL 4

Carly April Todd

Maryam Toma

Turner Michael Tomatti SCL 1 2 4

Leah Claire Tomei CL 4

Jacob Alexander Troye SCL 1 4 6

Mary Elizabeth Tuzinsky CL

Jennifer Vaida MCL

Colin Huynh Van

Ryan James VanHeusden SCL 1 2 4

Emma Shae VanSlambrouck MCL

Madisyn Amber Vargason

Drew Aaron Verellen MCL 6

Alessandra Josephine Vitale SCL 1 2 4

Dominic Martino Vitale

Caitlyn Rose Wagner SCL 1 2 4 7

Dillon Reed Wagner MCL 4

Kyle Joseph Walsh 8

Ramiz Sameer Wardi

Taylor Elizabeth Waring MCL 4

Tahami Waris

Emmalynn Rose Washburn

Brandon Shawki Watha

Brenda Samah Watha MCL 4

Ashley Danielle Wauters

Christopher Wilbert Damian Welsch-Ampuero CL

Ryan Lawrence Whaley

Collin Mark Wheeler

Nolan William White 8

Alaina Elizabeth Williams

Emma Paige Wilson MCL 4 6

Nickolas William Wingett SCL 1 3

Jessica Renee Wise

Christie Marie Wojcik

William Kimball Wylie III SCL

Mina Waleed Yaqo

Wisam Waleed Yaqo SCL 1 4

Ashley Arkan Yono

Newman Yu Young SCL

Merry-Laura Toma Zetouna MCL 8

Matthew Zieziula

Payton Olivia Zuzga CL 4

 

 

Summa Cum Laude – SCL

GPA 3.9 & Above

Magna Cum Laude – MCL

GPA 3.7 - 3.89

Cum Laude – CL

 

1 UCS Advanced Placement Scholar

2 Valedictorian

3 Salutatorian

4 National Honor Society

5 Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology

6 Utica Center for Science and Industry

7 UCS Seal of Global Language Candidate

8 AVID Scholar

9 Advance Placement Capstone Diploma Candidate

 

The standards were high, and each of you have met or exceeded those standards. You have become leaders, respectful and confident young men and women ready to take on the next phase of your life.