Memorial Junior High School plans virtual graduation

Thursday, May 28, 7:00pm, at www.d158.net

by Dr. Keli Ross, Principal

LANSING, Ill. (May 20, 2020) – Greetings on behalf of the Memorial Junior High School staff,

Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately our formal 8th grade graduation held at the Serbian Center had to be cancelled. However, it is important for Lansing School District 158 to still honor our graduates for their commitment and arduous work, as they culminate their time as students at Memorial Junior High School. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that we announce the production of our Mighty Mustangs Virtual 8th Grade Commencement Ceremony.

As our students make the important transition from grade school to high school, we want to celebrate the hard work and persistence that they have exhibited to get to this point in their educational journey. The Lansing School District 158 School Board and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Schilling, have very generously provided all our 8th grade graduates with a free cap and gown. The 8th grade students eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony had an opportunity to take part in a photo shoot to receive a free graduation picture, in commemoration of their graduation achievement. This of course was all done practicing our required social distancing guidelines.

The production of our virtual commencement ceremony will allow us to further acknowledge and celebrate our graduates, while observing the social distancing safety requirements. The Memorial 8th Grade Graduation Committee has been working diligently to organize this exciting venture to honor our students. The Mighty Mustangs Virtual 8th Grade Commencement Ceremony will be available for viewing on our district website (www.d158.net) the same day and time as our original commencement time of Thursday, May 28, 2020, at 7:00 pm. During the program, we will have the following Mighty Mustangs present speeches to their classmates:

Program elements

Pledge of Allegiance:
Genesis Aguilera, Rheanna Cortez, and Shania Ticer

Opening Statements
National Junior Honors Society President – Annika Biegel
Student Council President – Zamyah Holmes

Setting Goals Statement
Dawn Birkenfeld

Farewell Address
Angel Urquizo

The virtual commencement ceremony will also include our graduates in their caps and gowns, as well as some great images of events during this school year. We hope you will join us for our Mighty Mustangs Virtual 8th Grade Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm, located on our Lansing School District 158 website (www.d158.net). Let us continue to support and celebrate our graduates as they move towards a bright future.

Sincerely,
Dr. Keli N. Ross, Principal, Memorial Junior High School
Mr. Shawn Walsh, Associate Principal, Memorial Junior High School
Mr. Roberto Paredes, 8th Grade Assistant Principal, Memorial Junior High School

8th Grade Graduate Acknowledgments

Straight A Students for the School Year

Avaleen Correa
Tyler Earmsmuth
Ainsley Grant
Pricilla Martinez
Leandro Morales
Joshua Moss
Angel Ruiz
Rebeka Whitfield

State Science Fair Qualifiers

Annika Biegel
Ainsley Grant
Angel Urquizo

8th Grade Boys’ Baseball Regional Champions

Rodrigo Arceo
Tyler Earmsmuth
Christopher Gales
Moises Mata
Hugo Rincon
Jake Stachelski
Jack Starcevich

8th Grade Boys’ Basketball Regional Champions

Ramon Davis
Tyler Earmsmuth
Diar Fleming
Christopher Gales
Nathan Lewis
Michael Lumpkins
Gakobie McNeal
Seneca Smith
Jake Stachelski
Cedric Tientchu
Emmanuel Ukagwu

National Junior Honors Society Members

Annika Biegel
Carlos Cervantes
Rheanna Cortez
Emily Dominiak
Avery Flores
Juana Garcia
Victoria Gonzalez
Ainsley Grant
Zamyah Holmes
Kimberly Jabaay
Yulissa Macudzinski
Jaila Martinez
Pricilla Martinez
Angela Mendez
Camaryn Olsen
Abigael Popp
Samantha Popp
Leah Reyes
Hugo Rincon
Donovan Rivera
Angel Sanchez
Sierah Shelby
Shybria Starkley
Brianna Sullivan
Ariana Taboada
Abigail Vary
Apollonia Villalpando
Ezra Vitale
Alexis Williams

Class of 2020 Graduates

Randy Ackerman
Dianey Acuna
Mario Acuna-Delgado
Dasia Adams
Emmanuel Aderemi
Abel Aguayo
Genesis Aguilera
Alexis Alberto
Joshua Alvarado
Donna Alvarez
Elizabeth Alvarez
Ta’Eona Andrews
Dion Andrews
Sofia Aranda
Rodrigo Arceo
Leon Archie Iii
Julian Arias
Daniel Avila
Emily Avila
Brian Avina
Opeyemi Azuka
Naliyah Ballard
Lewis Barney
Antanazah Basey
Jaliyah Bass
Vernon Batchelor
Yashayah Batiyah-Smith
Journey Batteast
Eddie Bell
Sijuade Bello
Yzrh Berry
Annika Biegel
Dawn Birkenfeld
Mia Bobadilla
Tyreke Bond
Jaden Brent
Tobias Brooks
Madison Brown
Asia Bryant
Emily Cabrera
Grecia Calderon
Arylyn Calloway
Jordyn Caridine-Dix
Adrian Casimiro
Angelia Castellano
Nathalia Castellanos
Humberto Catalan
Carlos Cervantes
Adolfo Cervantes
Jennifer Cervantes Cubillo
Amarion Chandler-Terrell
Sheldon Clay
Sara Cleveland
Sabriya Coker
Marquial Coleman
Aliya Collins
Nykole Collins
Matyesn Colvin
Avaleen Correa
Rheanna Cortez
Miles Courtney
James Cuellar
Sheleah Cummings
Dnajah Daniels
Jaden Davis
Dajon Davis
Dartanyen Davis III
Dartanyen Davis Jr.
Ramon Davis Jr.
Jaden Dickey
Alexis Dixon
Emily Dominiak
Keziah Duckworth
Tyler Earmsmuth
Marquise Ellis
Natalia Espinoza
Ryan Espinoza
Edgar Estrada
Christopher Favela
Briana Ferrer
Diar Fleming
Avery Flores
Diego Flores
Israel Flores
Jaliyah Ford
Dafne Fuentes-Galicia
Christopher Gales
Diego Garcia
Alyssa Garcia
Juana Garcia
Damian Garcia
Alejandro Garcia
Olivia Gifford
Kristian Glass
Angel Gomez
Victoria Gonzalez
Ezrah Gonzalez
Jasmine Grados
Victoria Grant
Ainsley Grant
Samaria Green
Jordan Griffin
Terrell Hall
Mena Halliburton
Jada Hampton
Jaylon Hannah
Carla Harris
Bruce Anthony Harris
Shanaiya Harrison
Tramaine Haynes
Aalisha Hendrix
Alani Higgins
Danielle Hill
Eboni Hodges
Zamyah Holmes
Dqwame Hoskins
Trevaughn Howse
Charlise Hunley
Tyrone Hymon Jr
Kimberly Jabaay
Geneiah Jackson
Lakayla Jackson
Adrian Jackson Jr
Laila James
Jerry Jeffries
Tacori Jennings
Taisen Jimerson
Sanai Johnson
Cheryl Jones
A’jouel Jones
Kelina Jones
Bianca Jones
Mya Jordan
Jackson Jordan
Quimari Joyner
Reginald Kelsey
Kailyn Keys
Haylee Kooy
Jonathan Layne
Tionna Lee
Jordi Leon
Ryan Levy
Nathan Lewis
Mia Lindsey
Cheldon Link
Sheilliyah Lipscomb
Justus Lockett
Trinity Lockett
Nasia Lopez
Janiya Lucas
Lillian Luchene
Michael Lumpkins
Jasmin Maciel
Jakelin Maciel
Yulissa Macudzinski
Evangelina Magdaleno
Aaron Major
Trinity Malloy
Sergio Marin
Jail Martinez
Pricilla Martinez
Moises Mata
Nathan Mbonu
Damya Mccarter
Destin Mccullough
Julian Mckenna
Caris Mcmullan
Gakobie Mcneal
Giovanni Melgoza
Angela Mendez
Elliana Mickens
Charles Miles
Madison Miller-Bridges
Lateona Mills
Jesus Miranda
Camille Moore
Dershawn Moore
Kaylah Morales
Leandro Morales
Antoine Morgan
Terance Morrison
Joshua Moss
Gloria Munoz
Damarion Murray
Aromis Nash
Leonardo Nava
Arianna Neal
Ethan Neal
Joshua Noubadan
Mariyah Nowden
Nicholas Nowicki
Na’Yae Nunley
Erik Ochoa Hernandez
Nimotalahi Odoffin
Aaron Olivar
Diego Olivares
Xavier Olivares
Camryn Olson
Jameson Onayo
Jimena Ortega
Dwight Paino
Daniel Patton
Nevaeh Pearce
Enrique Perez
Manuel Perez
Ciera Pierce
Abigael Popp
Samantha Popp
Michael Powell
Alison Prokop
Christopher Quilhot
Zachary Quinn
Giselle Ramirez
Leah Reyes
Lorenzo Reynolds
Emanuel Richardson
Jikbrian Richie
Dejon Ricketts
Hugo Rincon Flores
Vivica Rivera
Derick Rivera
Donovan Rivera
Shawntasia Rivers
Natalia Rodriguez
Eduardo Rodriguez
Kendall Rogers
Nathan Romero
Aaliyah Ross
Angel Ruiz
Angel Saenz
Angelina Samawi
Angel Sanchez
Kiefer Sanderson
Gloria Santiago
Journee Saulsberry
Leticia Segura
Ashley Serna
Litzy Serna-Ramirez
Fabiola Serna-Ramirez
Coreona Shannon
Brian Sheard
Sierah Shelby
Payton Shields
A Zariah Simmons
Nakarie Smith
Seneca Smith
Angel Somerville
Jacob Stachelski
Jack Starcevich
ShyBria Starkley
Taniyah Starks
Charles Steele
Brianna Sullivan
Ariana Taboada
Netrice Taylor
Neichar Taylor
Arianna Terrell Cooper
Karter Thomas
Brooklynn Thomas
Michael Thomas-Johnson
Alanni Thornton
Shania Ticer
Cedric Tientcheu
Anijsha Titsworth
Godiva Tordjo
Oswaldo Tovar
Johnnia Towns
Dorian Toy
Emmanuel Ukagwu
Angel Urquizo
Nancy Valle
Kenneth Van
Adrian Vanbyssum
Kamaun Vance
Abigail Vary
Cortez Vaughn-Mitchell
Miguel Verdin
Mariana Villagomez
Apollonia Villalpando
Elianna Villasenor
Ezra Vitale
Michael Waites
Keywan Walker
Zahara Ward
Kylia Ward
Adam Watters
Michael Waupoose
Gabriel Webb-Azrael
Cameron Wheatley
Duke White
Rebekah Whitfield
Alexis Williams
Katrina Williams
Eric Williams
Katlynn Williams-Clark
Trani’yah Wilson
Asia Winters
Emma Wories

Memorial Junior High School is located at 2721 Ridge Road in Lansing, Illinois. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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