HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - The Oakcrest High School Class of 2009 got a chilly send-off Tuesday.

It wasn't from parents and friends, who cheered with enthusiasm.

But darkening skies and a chilling breeze sent some onlookers scurrying back to their cars for a touch of heat.

Despite the weather, and a malfunctioning sound system that prevented many onlookers from hearing some of the speeches, the roughly 450 graduates made it through the proceedings.

Student speakers reminded their colleagues sitting on chairs on the football field about everything from bad athletic teams to science projects that didn't go quite as planned.

However, their overall theme was one of confidence.

"Our time at Oakcrest may be over, but our entry into the work is just beginning," said valedictorian Gary David Carlson.

He urged his fellow graduating seniors to take what they have learned at Oakcrest and use it to develop "something greater."

"Believe in yourselves," Carlson said. "Dream. Try. Do good."

Salutatorian Laina Lusk told classmates to "never let anything get the best of you."

Instead, she told them to "remember and appreciate all that you did well."

"Never suffer," Lusk said.

School officials said the graduating class earned $8.5 million in academic money.

The graduates are:

Kayla Marie Abbamondi, Samantha Christine Abruzzese, Pamela Franchesca Acevedo, Lawrence Samuel Achey, Abigail De Los Angeles Acevedo, Ashley Brianna Adams, Derrick Lamont Adams, Mark Brian Adams, William Carlton Adams, Rodney Aguirre, Roodly Aime, Amber Leigh Akroyd, Hassan S. Ali, Ryan D. Alianell, Brooke E. Allen, Kirsten J. Allen, Sierra Charlise Allen, Morgan Brittany Alleyne, Mariah Renee' Anderson, Christopher E. Andricci Jr., Adrian Arboleda, Evelin Lorena Arias, Rachel Ann Aschenbach, Arthur Ayala, Nevella Bacon, Ja'vahn Shamir Bailey, Krystina Marie Bailey, John C. Bakely, Brian A. Balbuena, Michael A. Balesteri, Alexander George Barone, Keith Lydell Baskerville Jr., Deanna Nichelle Batie, Stephannie Batts, Kelsey Ann Bazelak, Morghan Cecelia Beasley, Katherine Marie Beck, Keri Lynn Bellace, Iris Y. Benitez, Ashley Michele Benton, Valerie N. Berrios, Allison Lynn Bertolino, Jared W. Bethel, Scherese Marie Blackwell, Renee C. Boddy, Benjamin A. Boehm, Nastajjia Alexica Bolden, Amanda Botbyl, Shanta D. Bouldin, Kerri Amberly Bowen, Brielle Nicole Bowers, Brianna Rose Brennan, Meghan Kathleen Brennan, Sandra Elizabeth Bridel, Mykul Scott Bridges, Emily Ida Brill, Kylie Rae Brock, Sarah Jean Brockenberry, Ian Maxwell Brown, Rochell Keioshia Brown, Johnathan Dominique Bryant, Kelsey Regina Bucknam, Ashley Lynn Burgess, Jasmine Y. Burnside, Tevin Lamar Bush, Oshajaka� T. Buster-Wilson, Quayshawn Jahid Butcher, Maria Caceras, Wayne Andrew Cain, Angelique Lichelle Calladonato, Joseph Henry Camp, Michael Robert Canizzaro, Chaddy Cantona, Emily Anne Capille, Danielle Marie Cappelluti, Kyle Matthew Carberry, Gary D. Carlson, Rachel Leah Carlson, Mister Carlton, Thomas James Carman, Rosalinda Liz Carrasquillo, Antwan J. Carson, Patrick Ryan Castle, Glendon Lim Cayme, Jocksan Israel Cedillo, Sharell Vincena Chainey, Angie Melissa Chavez, Bobby Cheng, Nicholas J. Cincotti, Vera D. Clark, Megan Rose Coburn, Aliah Ciana Cochran, Alimah Ciera Cochran, Kelsey Marie Coia, Masai Warren Coleman, Jr., Anthony Nicholas Colley, J. T. Collins, Brittany Margaret Colon, Zaira Compres, Amanda Lynn Corbin, Emily Cortez, Brittney Leigh Cortina, James Matthew Cowley, Michael Leo Cowley, Kurstan Marie Critelli, Jessica Margaret Croll, Amber Kapri Cruse, Ninoshka Santiago Cruz, Kyle William Csaszar, Kevin Lamount Curley, Jr., Paul Stephen Cyr, Anthony Michael DaBronzo, Peter Robert D'Amico, Peter Anthony Dare-Gentile, Eriana Margaret Davenport, Bailey Amber Dawson, Kameesha Marie Deal-Byrd, Marcedes Quadriyyah Deans, Melissa Denise Delgado, Joshua James Delvalle, Matthew Frank DeMarco, Alexandra Elizabeth De Stefano, Phillip C. DeSalis, Jeremy Mitchell Devlin, Alba Nidia Diaz, Kelsey Marie Dickerson, Jason Paul Dickson, Myledis Disla, Tabetha Rose Ditzel, Larry James Dockery, Jr., Christian Sean Dolson, Eric E. Dority, Todd Darren Dorn, Robin Elizabeth Downs, Thomas Gordon Dunkley, Jr., Erica Nicole Eaton, Sharmaine Lyn-Trese Elam, Dumebi Annette Emetanjo, Ashley Katherine Enright, Michael James Enright, Cheyenne-Amber Hadassah Fallick, Dominick James Fenwick, Kevin Patrick Fletcher, Jr., Joseph C. Foell, Jonathan Alexander Force, Michael Joseph Formoso-Kosciewicz, Alexa Carolyn Forney, Aquarius Augusta Foster, Lanee' Cassie Foster, Derek Steve Frazier III, Alan N. Frohbergh, Kyle M. Fuss, Michael Thomas Galli, Joseph Charles Galvin, Joshua E. Garden, Julie Ann Gardner, Devon Michele Garreffi, Drew F. Garvey, Michael Garzarelli, Kiara Shontae Gates, Ashley Lynn Gibbons, Kelli Lynne Gibbons, Daniel Alonzo Giberson, Jr., Scott P. Gibson, Ashley Gonzalez, Matthew Andrew Gonzalez, Yerianne Soley Gonzalez, Rachael Leigh Goodman, Matthew David Gorski, Felicia Jeanne Graumann, Andre James Graves, Sarah Elizabeth Greenberg, Nicholas Salvatore Grieco, Niah Shaylin Grimes, Cynthia L. Grohman, Manuela Alejandra Guillen, Melissa Alexandria Guzman, Justin T. Haden, Ariel Crystallina Hagaman, Paige A. Haigler, Erin Elizabeth Hall, April Lynn Hamblin, Kaitlynn Deborah Hample, Brian D. Hanna, Samuel Girgis Hanna, Deanna Marie Hare, Jillian Katlynn Harper, Walter L. Harris, Shanyce Mone't Harvey, Quiona Shanelle Hawkins, Jun Xin He, Haley Lorin Heffley, Brittany Meliece Heiler, George William Henry III, Jonathan C. Henry, Michael A. Henry, Amanda L. Heraux, George L. Hess III, Aimee Sue Hesser, Paul George Higgins, Marcus Garvey Holmes, Samantha Lynne Holt, Kyron R. Horton, Ricky Allen Howze, Samantha Lynn Hustedde, Michelle Phuong Huynh, Rebecca Marie Irwin, Thomas Charles Italiano, Drayke Lee Jacobs-Van-Tol, Tyree Quamier James, Marriah Nicole Jamison, Kevin Joseph Jepson, Arielle Renee Jerdan, Tahirah Jetter, Julian Leandro Jiminez-Almonte, Martin Antonio Jiminez, Aaron Michael Johnson, Darnell Jamal Johnson, Darrell Russell Johnson, Jr., Hannah F. Johnson, Janae Antionette Johnson, Jordan Donmonique Johnson, Kimberly Grace Johnson, Raymond William Johnson, Robert Jacob Johnson III, Ronald J. Johnson, Ronald M. Johnson, Alison Marie Jones, Richard Jones, Frank M. Julian, Brandon J. Kaufman, Jessica Elizabeth Keating, Brittney E. Kelley, Joseph P. Kelly, Erica Leigh Kent, Mesha B. Kent-Howerton, Evan W. Kepner, Ryne David Kessler, Tony Khamvong, Jennifer Lyn King, Richard S. Kisby, Jr., Robert William Kisby, Jordan C. Klaszky, John William LaFollette, Daniel Arthur Lang, Sergio Ryan LaTorre, Jessica Lynn Lavin, Nicole C. Lawson, Haliema BreYona Leach, Katrina Ann Lebron, Brianne Lachelle Lee, Brittany Morgan Lee, Stephanie Mae Lee, Tyrell K. Lee, Brandon Maurice Lewis, Lorenzo Carlos Linares, Terrell Laquay Little, Katherine Elizabeth Lolla, Jackie Marie Longo, Jose Raymond Lopez, Miguel Lopez, Brian Paul Lorenzini, Timothy Allen LoSasso, Jr., Laina Gail Lusk, Megan Lynch, Monica Leigh Mackleer, Christopher D. Mallick, Melissa Leigh Marchesani, Brian J. Marquez, Carlos M. Marquez, Miosotis Marquez, Erin Dana Martin, Luis Felipe Martinez, Michelle N. Martinez, Oscar Omar Martinez, Raymond A. Martinez, Spencer Ryan Mattle, Caitlin Holly Mauk, Michelle Ann Mazzeo, James Joseph McCallin, Allison K. McCarthy, Kyra Lynn McDermott, Melissa Ann McDermott, Chantel Shenise McDowell, Ryan Scott McLaughlin, Emily Gail Mehler, Nancy Maria Mercado, Michelle Lynn Merlock, Stephen Lee Michel III, Jonathan P. Miller, Kevin K. Miller, Marcus Donald Miller, Samuel Jabar Miller, Elijah B. Mixson, Randi Marie Moats, Brianka Mireya Molina, Matthew R. Monteith, Brian J. Montoya, Marcus Craig Moore, Ketorah Morton, Kevin H. Moulden, David Lawrence Mroz, Michael Anthony Mucha, Nicholas John Mucha, Jasarie Muniz, Stacey Lynn Natale, Cassandra Nguyen, Steven M. Nordaby, Christopher L. Norris, Jason D. Norris, Richard James Olexa, Jessica Lynn O'Neill, Andrew Orlowsky, Daimis Ortiz, Geraldo A. Ortiz, Jose Luis Padilla, Dennis Allen Page, Jr., Christina Kay Palermo, Kenneth Patrick Panas, Samira Shantaya Parks, Ashley Lynn Parr, Luis Giovanni Paz, Junior Jose Pe�a, Alexander Julian Peralejo, Kiara Alina Perez, Lissette Perez, Anezela Precious Peters, Joseph Peter Petrilli, Tephanie Pharaphan, Stephanie Lee Pharo, Sarah Lynn Philpot, Ricky Aire Phommathep, Leslie Christine Pinero, Michael Anthony Polisano, Pernell M. Ponce, Nicholas Anthony Ponzo, Justin Michael Potenski, Pedro Juan Pratts II, Reginal P. Prieto, Lawrence Richard Prince III, John David Prutting, Ashley S. Pugh, Vincent Eugene Quartararo, Jose Paul Quidachay III, Joshua Charles Raff, Araceli Ramos, Christopher Enrique Ramos, Christopher James Ramos, Steven G. Randall, Eric Matthew Raymond, William M. Rementer II, Gadiel Ben Emanuel Respes, Gabriel Andrew Reyes, Eddie S. Reynolds, Emily Anne Rheault, Christopher Scott Richter-Breder, Magdaly Rios, Andrew M. Rivera, Jessica Lynn Rivera, Louis A. Rivera, Mairym Dennisse Rivera, Ka'nisha Danielle Roberts, Diamond Pearl Robinson, Richard Thomas Rocap III, Nydia Yvette Rodriguez, John O. Rogers, Blake Alejandro Rosario, Quimaine Levon Ross, Tinika Louise Ross, Elizabeth N. Ruiz, Isaiah M. Ruth, Christopher Francis Sales, Kisuny Sandoval, Mariette Santiago, Tina Marie Santiago, Gurpreet Singh Sarpal, Christine Patricia Scannell, Sarah Paige Scaplen, Erik Jaggard Scheer, Devon Marie Schenker, Samantha Marie Schlue, Brittany Ann Schmidt, Keith Edward Scott, Jessica L. Seney, Andrea Lynn Senkarik, Luis Angel Serrano, Maurice L. Sessoms, Michael Anthony Settle, Courtney Paige Sherman, Rachel Fay Siciliano, Breanna Chantal Smalls, Daniel Allen Smith, Dassius Fred Smith, Jamesha Renee Smith, Jeffrey Mark Smith, Kirsten Marissa Smith, Siera Ann Smith, Nijgia T. Snapp, Janet Martina Soto, Benjamin Alf Sotomayor, Matthew T. Stevens, John C. Stone, Carl Lawrence Straub, Melissa Formoso Strenger, Robert F. Strong, Abigail Lynn Tallman, Allison Marie Tallman, Shawn Michael Tarbutton, Robert James Taylor, Jacob Peter Taylor, Christopher Lewis Tees, Ashley Lynn Tharp, Mon�t Dominique Thomas-Baker, Scott David Thompson, Jr., Alex Thor, Shaina Renee Tinsley, Courtney M. Tomasello, Matthew John Torres, Michael Kevin Townley, Lois R. Townsend, A. Shane Troupe, Daniel N. Truax, Devon Cecelia Tull, Danielle Catherine Upton, Rickie Lynn VanScoy, Michael A. Vega, Jos� Miguel Vicente, Natalie Villanueva, Devin Lyn Waddell, Christopher John Wagner, Mark A. Walker, Mieshea Romaine Warfield, Clarence E. Washington, Nicholas John Waters, Stefnie Rene� Watson, Kimberle Michelle Watt, Jeanne Marie Weaver, Catherine Elizabeth Wessler, Raymond M. White III, James Robert Wilkes, Larry W. Wilson III, Melissa Sarah Wilson, Noah C. Wilson, Tawni Michelle Windsor, Michael J. Wood, Kyle H. Wristbridge, William Joseph Young, Joanna Erin Zachowski, Travis Marc Zaydel.

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Gary Carlson

Valedictorian

Mays Landing

College: Harvard University

Major: Engineering

Laina Lusk

Salutatorian

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Major: Neuroscience

Michael Thomas Galli

Rank: 3

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Major: Engineering

Jacob Peter Taylor

Rank: 4

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Rachel Carlson

Rank: 5

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