Hundreds of family and friends joined Quincy High School faculty and staff to celebrate the Class of 2022 with a graduation ceremony Saturday at Jackrabbit Stadium. With yellow and green robes, sashes and caps, the graduating seniors said goodbye to their high school life, which was marked by the challenges of a pandemic.

The QHS Spectrum Choir sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The group, plus seniors from the QHS Choir, later performed “Home.”

Principal Felicie Becker-Levine gave a welcome speech.

“Feel the power of this collective we have in our house today. All these eyes focusing on you, watching you take your next step. … This is your Quincy family,” Becker-Levine said. “We are so proud of the way you have faced unforeseen adversity, the grace you have shown through difficult times, the amazing ways you have all grown and flourished, despite the barriers that were placed in your path.”

She was followed by five of the six co-valedictorians: Tania Gudino; Aidan Heikes, who was also the class vice president; Diego Pacheco; Gloria Ramirez-Hernandez, who was also the class president; and Emily Wurl, who was also the ASB president. Reid Thomsen was the sixth co-valedictorian.

The salutatorian was Melissa Avalos-Ramirez.

Honorary diplomas were presented to family members of Juan Carlos Diaz-Guerrero Jr. and Nathan Eli Ramirez.

Superintendent Dr. Nik Bergman certified the graduates, then Quincy School District officials presented diplomas to the graduates. As usual, Michael Benedict was the emcee, reading out each graduate’s name.

Greeting and congratulating each graduate were: QSD director Chris Baumgartner, QSD director Jack Foglesong, Bergman, QSD Assistant Superintendent DJ Garza, Quincy Innovation Academy Principal Kathie Brown, and Becker-Levine.

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