MILLVILLE - Change, whether the graduates like it or not, is here.
That was the message delivered to more than 500 seniors at Wheaton Field at Memorial High School on Tuesday night for the commencement. Although clouds loomed during the ceremony, diplomas were delivered without any interruption from the weather.
Millville Senior High School valedictorian Erin Murowany addressed many of the emotions her classmates likely felt, sitting there before a crowd of thousands of friends and family.
"Some are impatiently waiting to move on from high school. You fidget with anticipation of what lies before you," Murowany said. "Others sit here with a heavy heart. You have come to see that growing up is a challenge and you wish to delay it as long as possible."
This year's graduating class is the 127th in the city's history. This was the 69th time that the graduation was held outside at the sports complex next to Memorial.
Murowany recounted the fond memories she and other students have had in their time at Millville. From friendships to fights, successes and mistakes, high school has been a growing experience for all of them, she said.
Moving on, she said, does not mean forgetting the past. It is, however, time for the graduates to ease their grip on the past and on things they cannot change. Graduation is a time to start fresh.
"Do not be afraid to move forward," she said. "Because the past is the direction you are coming from, not the direction you are going."
Indeed, many of Millville's graduates are headed for new directions. According to senior high school Principal Christy Thompson, 75 percent of Millville's graduating class plans to pursue some form of higher education, and another 5 percent plan to join the armed forces.
Millville's salutatorian, Alysha Sokolov, delivered her speech, an honest and direct one filled with tongue-in-cheek moments.
"We are the loud, we are the obnoxious, we are the cynical, the pessimistic, and at times, the bitingly sarcastic," she said. "We are teenagers."
And while their futures may be suspect to others, this class knows it will succeed and make its own way. At the end of her speech, after a quote from the 1980s teenage-angst classic "The Breakfast Club," Sokolov said this year's class has discovered itself and the places it wants to go.
"We intend on making every one of you very proud," she said.
The graduates are:
Erin Marie Abbott, Joshua Robert Lewis Abrams, Jeremy Andre' Adams, Joshua William Aderholdt, Amanda Marie Adkins, Rebecca Lynne Adkins, Chelsey Nicole Allen, Stephon Brian Anthony Allen, Kate Adelle Allen-Tawes, Yasmin Marie Alvarado, Sasha Nicole Alvarez, Dimary Alvarez Ramos, Cristin Michelle Andrews, Donald Rucker Andrews, Jessica Lynn Andrews, Rachel Elizabeth Andrews, Izabela Mari Andrews-Segers, Arnaldo Gabriel Andujar, Aaron Archie, ShaQuanda Shanice Armstead, Lynoska Arroyo, Bethany Grace Askins, Jessica Elizabeth Atkinson, Kelly Ann Atwood, Kevin Wayne Baer, Amber Shanyce Baez, Bianca B Baez, Chad Edgar Bailey, Ajahnah A Bailey Thompson, Lasheera Ann Barbary, Stanley Joseph Barton III, Richard Jay Bassett, III, Amanda Maria Bates, Shequila Monique Beachaump, Brian Demond Beachaump, Tiffani Rebecca Beebe, Latesha M Bell, Melody Lynn Bell, Charles Corson Bennett, Devin LaRon Benson, Melanie Bermudez, Shameek Berry, David Joseph Bertulis, Lindsay Adelaide Bertulis, William Robert Biggs, Ericka Nicole Billingsley, Lance Preston Bird, Kim Blocker Jr , Corey Daniel Bogushefsky, Shantel Nicole Bonds, Jillian Rose Bonilla, Joseph Yang Borbely, Brittany Lynn Bowen, Tiffany A Bowen, Amanda R Bowles, Lakesha Marie Bowser, James Kevin Boyle, Jr , William Colby Braswell, Briell L Brennan , Sean M Brett, Blair Francis Brooks, Darnell Brooks, Kiara DeShawn Brooks, Tamera Michelle Broome, Brittany M Broughton, Michael Broughton, Brittney Taylor Brown, Brooke Ann Brown, Decinique Marie Brown, Kimberly Ann Brown, Lauren M Brown, Kyle Ernesto Bryant, Kate Lyn Buonadonna, Oscar M Burgos, Frederick Eliel Burkett, V, Ernest Cabral-Rosado, Jasmin Marina Caldwell, Frank Camm, Amanda Caroline Campbell, Christian Campbell, Justin Scott Campbell, Toissa Chardonay Campbell, Harold Franklin Camper, Jr , Katie M Carole, Eva Marie Carrara, Derrick Dwayne Carter, Lauren Nicole Carter, Travis Lance Carter, Cheyenne B Castillo, Kody Alyse Castor, Hector Manuel Castro Gonzalez, Amy Devon Catlett, Brandon James Charlesworth, Robert Charlesworth, Khalid Laquan Cherry, Brittany Marie Church, Matthew James Cimino, Aldo Lewis Cintron, Naldo J Cintron, Donald Cisrow, Jr , Johnny Wayne Clark, Keyana Felicia Clark, David Aaron Coates, James Michael Collins, Julius Collins, Awilda Colon, Jose Alberto Colon, Arieonna R Connerton, Stephanie Lynn Coombs, Jenne Aleah Cooper, Anthony James Coppola, Aida Marie Correa, Robert Thomas Coxe, Channel Shante Crawford, Jamesha S Crawford, Lindsey Danielle Crawford, Candice Marie Cremin, Amanda Marie Crist, Lauren Antanette Cubiz, Jillian Megan Curtis, John Thomas Daly, III, Danielle Jonette Daniels, Adam Michael Darretta, Shakeka Racheal Davis, Todd Ryan Day, Megan Brooke Ashley DeFelice, Kevin Joseph Dever, Bryan Damion Diaz, Michael Dimacale, Daniel Joseph D'Imperio, IV, Vincent Michael Discepola, Joseph Stephen Dixon, Kyle Edward Dodge, Carl T Dolly Jr, Hannibal Donaldson, Francis Edward Dougherty, Lashara Oneaque Douglas, Latiesha Sheree Douglas, Anna Louise Dove, Michael Lee Downing, Martin Lutner Dunns, Kellye Marie DuVilla, Olga Victoria Dziuba, Gary Ray Eagle III, Kayknesha Taqura Eason, Joshua Adam Echevarria, Dustin Daniel Eisenhardt, Amanda Leigh Eller, Kyle William Ewan, Felicia Maire Fallows, Keyla J Fernandez, Efren Manuel Fernandez, Jr , Whitney Finney, Kaitlin Barbara Fish, Joshua Darren Fisher, Kerstin Renee Fisher, Milton Jose Flores, Daniel Thomas Foltyn, Marie Angelina Fonseca, Aaron C Ford, Amber Michele Ford, Michael J Ford II, Robert Arthur Ford, Tiffany Rose Ford, William Thomas Ford, Tiffany E Forman, Jonathan Richard Fox, Jr , Brandi Marie Freeman, Kiara M Galarza, Nicholas Luis Galarza, Katie Marie Gallaher, Rebekah Madeline Garrett, Brian Gene Garron, Danielle Elizabeth Garron, Timothy Leigh Garron, Michelle Marie Gaudelli, Ashley Nicole Gaughan, Bernard James Gaughan, Phillip Dennis Gauntt, Jessica Marie Gebhardt, Amber Lashay Gibbons, Robert Earl Gibbs, Quamane Napresha Gilmore, Michelle Chong Gish, Patrick John Godbey, Matthew Scott Godfrey, Nicolas Antonio Demetrius Gomez, Tiffany Lynn Gomez, Yazmin Gonzalez, Imani Nia Goolsby, John Derek Gorgo, Jr , Alyssa Leigh Gradel, Ashley Marie Gradel, Jor'dan Janee' Grant, Kelli Ann Gray, Isaac Nelson Green, Sheree Lanae Gregory, Norman Grier, Meribeth Lynn Grimaldi, Scott Thomas Groff, LaRae Lillian Gross, Michael Cole Guzman, Cachet' Monique Habersham, Jenisha Laniece Hadden, Dainen Quinn Haddock, Britteny Marie Hahn, Jillian Hair, Emily Catherine Haley, Jeffrey L Hall, Tiana Nicole Hamilton, Turquoise Mercedes Hamilton, Matthew David Hand, Claire Mona-Cashmere Harden, Jaymera Jacqueline Harden, Anthony Hardrick, Whitney Emma Harrall, Syeeda Sarah Harrington, Christopher Ryan Harris, Trent Harris, Detyren K Hatch, Annetonette Satiesha Hatton, Sabrina Kelly Hayes, Mark David Hayhurst, Joshua Roy Hewitt, Jessica L Hickman, Thomas Ernest Hiles, Marissa Lynn Hines, Shimeka Latia Hinton, Taylor Scott Hoffman, Elayne Justine Holland, Brian Keith Homan, Jr , Daniel Joseph Hruska, Joshua Paul Hulitt, Frank Jackson, Tyrell L James, Damien T Janey, Carmen Edie Jimenez, Gue-Shawn Edward Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Robinetta Johnson, Shantell Lashal Johnson, Anthony Mar'Quis Jones, D'atra Antwanette Jones, Kha'Leed Kentrale Jones, Porsche Mary Jones, Secore Vernon Jones, Bruce Alan Jones Jr , Jason Dietrich Junghans, Patricia Ann Jurist, Andrew Michael Kavanagh, Rebekah Elizabeth Kaysen, James Kwane Kent, Rachael Marie Kiley, Adrian D'Andre King, Randy Steven Kinkade, Michael Lawrence Kinzel, Shanyya VidalSassoon Kirkland, Christine Marie Koh, Britney Nicole Kott, Brooke Ashley Kott, Phillip Andrew Krumins, Jonathan Garho Kwok, Stephanie Marjorie Labas, Rebecca Lynn Langan, Ashley Reene Laracuente, Elisa Marie Laurelli, Troy Nathan Lee, Matthew C Lewis, Javier Linares-Cruz, Matthew C Lippincott, Samantha Marie Lloyd, Shawn Benjamin Lloyd, Daniel Anthony Locke, Sergio Alfredo Lopez, Kimberly Elizabeth Lupperger, Daniel James Maccri, Timothy Tyrone Mack, Brittany Nicole Madkiff, Dustin Dwayne Maines, Jean Carlos Maldonado, Melanie Emily Maldonado, Juan Xavier Maldonado, Jr , Stephanie Marie Mammi, Kyle Michael Mansell, Michael Dean Martin, Robin Lynn Martin, Alyssa Nicole Mathews, Bruce Santiago Matias, Eelaina Elvira Matos, James Robert Maul, Perry L Maven, Matthew Salvatore Mazzella, Kelsi Leigh McCafferty, Melissa Marie McCafferty, Shameria Ametrius McCall, Robert Scott McCarter, Kevin John McCarthy, Jerri Lu' McCracken, Melanie McDowell, Jonathan Michael McMahon, Daniel Matthew McMeekin, Hannah Jeanne Merki, Christopher Merriman, Khiry R Miles, Rodney Allen Miller, Anthony Miller, Jr , Luis Miranda Jr , Clarisia Natalia Montero, Harrison Samuel Moore, Dave Terrell Mooring, Jennifer Marie Morales, Katia Yari Morales, Erin Christine Morris, Sarah SooJee Mortensen-Nemore, Keosha Latrice Muhammad, Erin Michelle Murowany, Matthew Richard Murphy, Shaniqua Murray, Shaquaina I Murray, Courtney Marie Muse, Jessie Nicole Narvaez, Phillip J Nash II, Brooke Ann Nessen, Justin Kerry Nicke, Anasthesia Lynn O'Brien, Eddie Ocasio Jr , Elizabeth A Oliver, Ashley Olson, Clarissa Olson, Jessica Marie Omrod, Stephanie Amber O'Neal, Joshua Martin O'Neill, Ryan O'Neill, Brianil Oquendo, Joel Javier Ortiz, Angel Alberto Ortiz, Jr , Carlos Alexi Ortiz-Martinez, Marcus Owens, Natasha Marie Padilla, Angela Lizzette Pagan, Angie Park, Raymond Earl Parkhill, Crystal Lynn Parks, Joshua William Parr, Jaquay Nakia Patton, Enrick Eloy Penaloza Rodriguez, Jonathan Pereira, Edelmiro Perez, Irving Antonio Perez, Ryan Garrett Pernelli, Winfield Robert Pettit, Jekeirah Pierce, Jacqueline Bernadette Pitts, Justus John Plenus, Thomas John Polillo, Rebecca Carin Poreda, Amanda A Press, Briana Lynn Pugsley, Julio Mannuel Pumarejo, Bryan Scott Quay, Jose Daniel Quintana, Lissette Quintana, Ronald Major Rabe, Courtney Brook Rafine, Kelsey Erin Rafine, Sydney Uhlana Ragland, Synetta Lavon Ragland, Kyle Thomas Raines, Anthony Ramos, Luz Miriam Ramos, Todd Craig Reeves, Jr , Nazario Reyes, Morgan Lillian Reynaud, Brett Rhein, Shamika Chantel Rice, Shawn Richards, Andrew Tony Ridgeway, Amanda Jean Riggin, Michael Thomas Riggins, Jr, Chad Risdon-Friebel, Michael Robert Risley, Jarrod Angel Franklin Rivera, Julio Rivera III, Duane Roberts, Brooke Michelle Robinson, Marc E Roch, Kristina Marie Rodriguez, Hugh Read Roselle, Kachaa' Mone Russell, Dominick Michael Santiago, Joseph M Schmidt, III, Melissa Dawn Schooley, Kimberly Margrite Seme, McKenzie Rose Shannon, Michael E Sherwood, Catherine Frances Shipley, Jessica Lynn Simonds, Timothy Paul Sittler, Brook Amber Smiley, Kelli Lynn Smith, Marshall Russell Smith, Tomisha Monet Smith, Alysha Brooke Sokolov, Gabriel Vincent Solazzo, Ariel Anne Somers, Timothy Daniel Sparagna, Kiera Spence, Darek Stafford, Nijha Stafford, John David Starn, Rene'e Margaret Stewart, Lauren Kathleen Stiles, Charles Edward Stone, Michael T Stowe, Jr , Brittany Lynn Street, Romone Street, Brittany Lisa Stutzenburg, Timothy James Sutherland, Caroleanne Szymborski, Lauren Michelle Taney, Andrew Tarallo, Nicole Denise Tawes, Dylan M Taylor, Jennifer Michelle Taylor, Samantha Grey Taylor, Shawnee Taylor, Melissa Ariel Tayvinsky, Brianna Jessica Thomas, Kenneth Thomas, Rayneesha Dasianee' Thomas, Aaron Matthew Thompson, Kirstan Thompson, Ryan William Thompson, Nicholas Bruce Thon, Dailey Rae Todd, LaSarah Shonte' Todd, Xiomarie Diane Toledo, Ryan Douglas Tombleson, Tammy Ann Tomlin, Dale Oliver Tomlinson, III, Herve Antonio Townsend, Courtney Lynn Trainer, Maria DelRosario Trejo-Mendiola, Maria Rosalba Trejo-Mendiola, Michael Nelson Trout, Sara Ann Trout, Christine D Truster, Khalief R Tull, Ebony Ianth'e Turner, Katrina Ashley Turner, Dean Matthew Tuttle, Amanda May Ushler, Josue Noe Vasquez, Jonayson Vazquez, Nico David Lee Vazquez, Robert William Veach, Sammi Jo Veach, Israel Velez, Sara Dolores Vignola, Francine Marie Vincent, Anthony David Vorndran, Elsidiq Walker, Malcolm Jamal Walker, Marshall Leonard Walker, Jr , Robert Frank Wallace III, Lorraine Summer Watson, Devin A Watson, Shanna Elain Watson, Tory Webster Watson, William Paul Watson, Ashley Wethman, Richard Paul Whilden, Elizabeth Ann Williams, Ronald Williams, Ryan Holt Williams, Shaquana Patrice Williams, Terrell Kristofer Williams, Timothy Francis Williams, Christopher Lawrence Williams, Jr , Danielle Nicole Williamson, Meagan Lindsay Willis, Brian Matthew Wilson, Kameron Winrow, James D Winston, Rebecca Marie Winterburn, Melissa A Wise, Stanley Albert Wojciechowski, Rebecca Lynn Wojtecki, Brittany T Wolfrom, Brian Michael Wood, Jonathan Dean Woolston, James Joseph Wright, Mercedes Jo'van Wright, Jacob William Wyble, Sean James Zegel.
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Top Millville Memorial High School graduates
Erin Michelle Murowany
College: Elizabethtown College/Thomas Jefferson University
Major: Physical therapy
Alysha Brooke Sokolov
College: Ramapo College of New Jersey
Anthony David Vorndran
College: McDaniel College
Patrick John Godbey
College: Cumberland County College
James Joseph Wright
College: Rowan University
Major: Athletic training