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The 225 students making up the Petersburg High School class of 2013 graduated on Saturday, June 8, inside the high school’s William Lawson Jr. Gymnasium.


irst, do what makes you happy. No one enjoys a miserable life.” That was the advice passed along to t h e Pe t e r s bu r g H i g h School class of 2013 by Travon Graves, class salutatorian. Graves also told his classmates not to let anyone discourage them from pursuing their dreams. “There will always be someone trying to make you feel worthless,” he said. “Sooner or later everyone gets his or her M2

“The real world, it begins here, it begins today.” — Quanesha Knight, valedictorian turn at being talked about or teased.” Graves advised the class of 225 students, “Always have compassion for others, you never know what someone else is going through.” In her commencement

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address, Valedictorian Quanesha Knight sought to assure families, friends and school staff and administration that she and her classmates were ready for the next stage of their lives. She said she

and her classmates had grown from timid teenagers that had trouble navigating the hallways of the school to serious students who “buckled down” to focus on academics and focus on the bigger picture ahead of them. “The real world,” Knight said, “it begins here, it begins today.” A total of 225 students clad in crimson and gold made their way into the William Please see PETERSBURG, Page 3

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Lawson Jr. Gymnasium at Petersburg High School on Saturday, June 8, to accept their high school diplomas. The class of 2013 includes: Earl Devonte Adams, Shacira Latoria Alexander, Justin Lamont Allen, Victoria Nicole Allen, Sacorra Dominique Anthony, Shaquella Naree’ Baird, Frank Garland Barksdale III, Danielle Lamont Barner Jr., Jeffrey Deangelo Barnes Jr., Jordan Daiquan Bates, Robbie Lee Battle Jr., Jonah Miguel Beasley, Keon Ulysses Beasley, Setorius Anton Belle, Brandon Lee Bellerose, Alysia Monae Binns, Malik Reginald Blackwell, Shana Elizabeth Boone, Keandre Tabyas Boyd, Timothy Ray Brantley Jr., M’Cheyla Charmeine Brice De’Ja Marie Brown, Destini Monae Brown, Jerel Devon Brown, Thailer Yani-Monae Brown, Timyra Olivia Brown, Zachariah Issac Brown, Jonathan Tyrone Bullock, Ronald Lee Burgess III, Imaje’ Marquis Burrell, Dejah Zhane Burrow, Gio Albert Lina Capate, Tajonae Mauri Carrington, Nikira Sharay Carter, Chiquita Denise Casey, Alex Allen Charity Jr., Eboni Marie Charity, Kadijah Tenita Claiborne, Calvin Alexander Coleman Jr., Daquan Delvonta Coleman, Khalil Jawayne Coleman, Essence Monet Coles, Torrie Alexander Coles, Charles Darrell Collier Jr., Dionsio Christian Collier-Lewis, Chaque Lakayla Cooke, Desmond Jamal Covington, Andrika Latrice Crawley, Nakysiah Tykea Nashae Crittendon, T’Ajah Shyina Kasee Crocker-Coleman, Namibia Vash-Ti Crockett, Justus Kayin Currie, Anjellica Monay Davis, William Charles Davis Jr., Brianna Renee Desmore, Anastasia Monshai Drumheller, Marquise D’Andre Edmonds, Quateka Shadaa Epps, Jasmine Cierra Evans, Steven Prosper Faber, Marcus Antione Farrar Jr., Anthony Lee Faulkcon, Dvonte Marquiese Fields, Timothy Latrell Fields, Shanique Ariel Flowers, Rashell Shamad Ford, Maya Damani Fortune, Trequan Demond Foxx, Tyiesha Jaquay Freeman, Ashley Ann Friar, Tiffany Danielle Friend, Caylah Monea Gilliam, Shakala Rakiya Goode, Tishinia Monea Goode, Raven Kanique’ Goodwyn, Tyashia Jonae’ Grandison, Jazmin C’Mone Graves, Travon Devonta Graves, Kye’Asia Nicole Green, Jamaika Gregory, Yazmeen Symone Grice, Erica Javon Griffin, Deandre Kyhiem Hanks, Devonte Dewayne Harris, Kai Jahmar-Scott Haskett, Octavius Deval Haskins, Lajuan Marquis Hayes Jr., Tyaija Mar’She’ Hicks,

Quanesha Knight valedictorian

Travon Graves salutatorian

“... Do what makes you happy. No one enjoys a miserable life.” — Travon Graves, salutatorian

Kadeija Monique Hill, Shondrel Roniqua Hinton, Kweku Ajani Madu Hopkins, Lamar Hubbard, Jahliyah Lanece Hurt, Roland Antonio Hyacinthe III, Silbert Louis Hyndman II, Carlson Corey Jackson, Douglas Jackson IV, Keith Lamont Jackson II, Kyle Maurice Jackson, Markeyta Gwendolyn Jackson, Derrick Maurice Johnson, Devin Mycheal Johnson, Justin Latroy Johnson, Braxton DeJohn Jones, Calvin Leon Jones Jr., Jernischa Raschelle Jones, Jessica Lynnette Jones, Joshua Aaron Jones, Marlon Antonio Jones, Marlow Antonio Jones Jr.,Maryam Gloria Jones, Ra’Shad Jaquan Jones, Teqwanda Antoinette Jones, Tinesha Evelyn Jones, Samuel Jeffery Jordan, Mercedes Alexis Kates, Sharnice Danielle Kates, Quanesha Shaquell Knight, Devaughn Antonio Lawrence, Devon Lewis, Kadeem Matthew Lewis, Preston June Lewis, Desarae Monique Long,Aaron Xavier Mason, Tyquantae Marquise Mason, Marissa Ayanna Massey, Elidre Raheem Mayberry, Tiffany Michelle Mayfield, Tony Lucas Mayfield, Darrius Laron McKeever, Jerome Orlando McLaughlin-Green, Amelia Althea Meade, Jasmine Keinasha Mitchell, Stephanie Michelle Moody, Tequanne Latosha Moore, Kambreon Dashanique Morgan, Roberta Mosley, Deyan Lemarquis Moss, Andrew Douglas Muir, Rochelle Marie Mullen, Delmirrio Raquan Murdock, Oswaldo Please see PETERSBURG, Page 4


Mercedes Kates has overcome numerous obstacles to graduate with her class. She was recognized as one of many honor graduates during the Petersburg High School commencement exercises held June 8 inside the high school’s William Lawson Jr. Gymnasium.


A happy Petersburg High School graduate, far right, accepts his diploma from Alicia Fields, high school principal, during commencement exercises for the class of 2013, held Saturday, June 8, inside the William Lawson Jr. Gymnasium. The Progress-Index, Petersburg, VA Sunday, June 30, 2013




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Alexander Murillo, Kiaira Elizabeth Nash, Davonta Rashawn Neal, Shakia Aubrenique Neverson, Tyran Taylor Owens, Tyson Taylor Owens, Julio Cesar Padilla-Fuentes, Asia Iman Akia Pair, Tedra Parham, Jerome Pearce Jr., Dontrel Omar Pegram, Justin Kelvin Perry, Troy Ravell Pollard, Justin Jakar Pope, Lawrence Isaiah Pope, Pierce Pope, Tyron Lapreis Pouncey Jr., Deonte Marcelle Price,Rachelle Imone Price, Cedrick Alonzo Pritchett, Edmund Montaque Pulley, Shonmical Dewayne Rean, Iziah Janiel Reed, Ashley Nicole Reese, Jervonte’ Jer-

maine Reese, Destini Deja’ Rice, Brandon Maurice Ridley, Asharma Starrnua’ Rives, Roger Andrew Rives Jr., Shaquille Lamon Rives, Albany Zhane Robinson, Antione Lamonte Robinson Jr., Brandon Oneil Samuel, Kevin Maurice Sanders Jr., Creona Bresha Scott, Deshaya Iman Scott, Jameka Vonae Elizabeth Scott, Dondre Rashaad Shands, Stanley Shird Jr., Shaquan Jordan Shrieves, Waneka Tashae Simpson, Maurice Odell Smith, Nikitria Syne’ Smith, Tamikia Lynette Smith, Delila Rebecca Erika Sootoo, Andrew Jerome Spruill III, Charles Devonte Stephens, Justin Marcel Stith, Tru’Mel Cheyenne Strobert, Dexter-

Charles Templeton Sutton, Steven Jamal Taylor, Tracy Michelle Terrell, Kareem Antonio Thomas, Ronika Amedine Thomas, Jerome Montrez Thompson, Cierra Monique Thornton, Kiara Monique Thorpe, Setia Mar-Kayleen Towler, Malelia Maria Tucker, Malika Zhane’ Turner, Jazmine Shanae Viverette, Dashaun Terrell Walker, Erica Denise Walker, Quadree Tytrel David Walker, Rashaun Derrell Walker, TiQuasha Kiron Walker, Lazaner Laclara Ward, Breana Monea’ Watkins, Marias Orlandas Watson, Daizha Elexis White, Reginald Josies White Jr., Kaila Elizabeth Whitfield, D’varis Keyon Williams, Gerjuan Domonic Wil-

liams, Ikea Jana Williams, Jada Vachane Williams, Marcus Caleb Williams, Tyasia Tyanna Williams, Vernicia Chauntez Williams, Lee-Shawn Shyheium Mon-Vale Winn, Zhane Simone Woodley, Tavares Tyrone Woodson, Joshua Recca Wright, Xavier Dion Wyche, Keyera Lashay Yates. Editor’s note: The names of seniors were taken from the Petersburg High School class of 2013 program. According to the high school, the appearance of a name on the program is not evidence of graduation.The diploma is the official testimony of graduation from Petersburg High School.


Petersburg School Board Chairman Kenneth Pritchett addresses the class of 2013 briefly before presenting the honor graduate medals. Petersburg High School seniors graduated on Saturday, June 8, inside the William Lawson Jr. Gymnasium. M4

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A group of 230 seniors graduated from Colonial Heights High School on Friday, June 14, at the high school’s football field.


wo honor students shared the title of valedictorian of the Colonial Heights High School class of 2013: Anderson Scott and Andrea Zhou. At the commencement ceremony Scott challenged his classmates to never stop learning new things while Zhou reminded students of their potential. “Being first isn’t necessarily the best,” she said. “... Being last in the class doesn’t make you a failure by any means.” Zhou said the standardized education system may serve the basic purpose of providing all with a general education, but, “it is up to each individual graduate to determine how he or she wants to proceed with their life.” A total of 230 seniors graduated from


“It’s up to each individual graduate to determine how he or she wants to proceed with their life.” — Andrea Zhou, co-valedictorian

Colonial Heights High School Friday evening, June 14, at the football field. The class of 2013 includes: Jamil Zouhair Aboulhosn, Christopher Michael Thomas Anderson, Xavier Maurice Apperwhite, Kailynn Brooke Arcenia, Melenie Arteaga, Jessica Whitley Ayscue,

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Paul J. Baik, Kelley Marie Baird, Nicholis M. Ball, Jeffrey David Barnidge, Ryan Larson Battle, Tiffany Marie Bender, Chevy Olivia Blankenship, Ashlie Lynn Bradley, Tyler Marino Bradley, Victoria Leigh Brando, Erin Rebecca Brannan, Blake Evan Branzelle, Bryan Jason Brewer, Ricky L. Brooks, Dillon Matthew Burgin, Jordan

Elizabeth Caison, Matthew Alan Caudle, Jason Jong Choi, Lisa (Yunjung) Chung, JaKeirra Thianj Clark, Karrie Renee’ Conner, Caitlyn Sierra Cook, Bryan Edward Coon, Carter Adkins Cox, Kimberly Grace Cox, Jessica Iolanda Crapa, Jonathan McKinley Criswell, Brittanie Merie Crockett, Maegan Celeste Crowder, Brendan Matthew Cutrer, Margaret Blair Dacey, Austin Wayne Daisey, Blake Aspen Danet, Austin Kyle Daniels, Mariah Hope David, Andrew Blake Davis, Brittany Michaela Davis, Landon Chase Davis, Tewodros Alemayehu Dejenie, Brett Alan Dempsey, Rachel Lynn Dempsey, Elizabeth Allyn Derasmo, Denelly Please see COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Page 7


Anjel Desima, Kaili Christine DeStazio, Joshua Stanford Dimirack, De Juan Meshach Dixon, Tyler Alexander Dobrick, Christopher Eric Drumheller, Robert Manning Dubberly, Kianna Dawnielle Edwards, Aaron Daniel Ellison, Austin DougAnderson Andrea Thompson las Ellison, Matthew Steven Scott Zhou Rowe Elmore, Kayla Mackenzie co-valedictorian co-valedictorian salutatorian Emerson, Cody Lee Emory, Khayree Shadee Fareed, Khayriyyah Sade Fareed, Brian Andrew Fauber, Brandon O’Neal Felton, Raul G. Fiol Jr., Zackery Taylor Firesheets, Keyera Monet Fleming, Jacob Anthony Fletcher, Cory James Freeland, Kyle David Gaskin, Mahala Jade Gates, Kayla Alexis Gecsey, Alexis — Andrea Zhou, co-valedictorian Taylor Gilliam, Joseph Austin Gobert, Jamey Lynn Graves, Dylan Thomas Lauren Rives Minton, Harsh Sanjay Mistry, Gregg, Sawyer Rae Guest, Blake Lindsey Hunter Newman Mitchell, Logan Samuel Gwaltney, Hunter Reed Gwaltney, Morgan Moffett, Riley Patrick Morgan, Cheyenne Renee Hall, Jasmine Cierra Nicole Harris, Carmella Kehaulani Mowdy, Alonda DeonnaAshby Lynn Harvanek, Andrea Elanna Micah Murray, Jordan Nicole Myers, Kevin Haskins, Mackenzie Leann Hatton, Melanie Bryce Nevetral, Alexa Nikel Nightengale, Marie Hawkins, Brianna MeganHenega, Christa Renee Niner, Joshua Robert NowlCody Michael Henry, John Derek Henshaw, and, Alexis Julienne Ong, Vicky Dawn Owen, Matthew Neale Hettinger, Allen P. Hicks, PreOluwatomisin O. Oyewole, John Michael sley Elizabeth Hicks, Jonathan R. Hines, Parker Jr., Kaylin Marie Patton, Rachael Rebecca Joyce Hise, Kyle Christopher HogNicole Paul, Rebecca Marie Paul, Christopher wood, Miranda Lynn Hubert, John Blake Austin Phillips, Dustin Michael Pierce, RichHumphries, Hien Nguyen Cong Huynh, Keisi ard Eugene Plum, Oliveia Ruth Popp, Bryon Denisse Inoa, DreQuan Adarryll Ivery, SaaBenjamin Possich, Rachel Leigh Primm, dallah Jabri, Bobby R. Jackson, Douglas Rein- Evan Thomas Proctor, Rogelio Ramirez III, hardt Jackson, Michael Ryder James, Zack- Tequilla Tea’nea Rawlings, Kimberley Rae ery Busby Jarratt, Charles Jakeb Jenkins, Reamer, Selene Ciara-Christian Reddick, LauDeonte Maurice Jenkins, Ivan Marcos ren Brooke Reeves, Rene Dante Reid, Ashton Jimenez, Ryan Mitchell Phillips Johannsmei- Christopher Reighard, Mackenzie K.P. er, Matthew Ryan Johnson, Alexandra Carol Rhodes, Sabrina Marie Richey, Kenisha Rena Jolly, Robert Keith Jones, Nicholas Christian Robertson, Hasaani-Ahmed Brazil Robinson, Keene, Marissa Hokyoung Ki, Lina Hayejin Brieana Macy Rodriguez, Jason Bryce RodriKim, Mackenzie David Krupp, Nathan Joseph guez, Kyle Thomas Ronkartz, Thompson Kuchinsky, Halsey Elizabeth Lane, Nadiah Allen Rowe, Craig Anthony Schoen, Trevor Monique Langley, Mary Elizabeth Laughlin, James Schoot, Neely Ashtan Schultz, Chelsea Alexander Reid Lawson, Christopher Doug- Ann Schurr, Anderson Royal Scott, Austin las Leach, John David Lester, Gregory Joshua Gregory Scruggs, D’Angelo Lynn Seabron, Lewallen, Ivey Elizabeth Lewis, Kelsey Brittiny Nicole Seifried, Hunter Derick SeligMichelle Loggins, Kristin Amber Malbone, man, David Paul Shirley, Brandon Charles Chelsey Faye Mallory, Anthony Steven Manu- Sipple, Sarah Frances Slate, Alexis Jean el, David Andrew Markins, Antonio Raul Snowdy, Sarah Elizabeth Staples, Benjamin Martinez, Mark Thomas Martino, Victoria Gordon Sweaton, Brittany Nicole Swope, DesElizabeth Mayton, Makayla Rae McManus, tinee Noelle Taft, Sang Kim Tang, Alvin Joseph Michael Meagher, Kayla Ann Medina, Patryck Jay Michalik, James Alan Mills II, Please see COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Page 9

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Graduating seniors march onto the football field as Colonial Heights High School hosts commencement exercises for the class of 2013 on Friday, June 14.


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Senior members of the Colonial Heights High School Chorale join for one last song, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’ as CHHS hosts commencement exercises at the football field Friday, June 14.

Members of the class of 2013 receive their diplomas as Colonial Heights High School hosts commencement exercises at the football field Friday, June 14.


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Seniors in Hopwell High School class of 2013 graduated on Saturday, June 8, inside the high school’s gymnasium.


ain may have forced the Hopewell High School graduation inside the school’s gymnasium, but it didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of anyone in the class of 2013. Many graduates expressed their happiness at reaching this milestone. “I’m happy I made it. It was a long journey, but I am proud to be a graduate of Hopewell High,” said graduate Petra Danston. Class of 2013 Valedictorian Eboni Brown echoed those sentiments in her comM10

mencement address. Brown remembered her years at the school with a smile, even the inconvenience caused by the high school’s remodeling phase, and praised the strength of her classmates in overcoming the many struggles they faced to reach this point in their lives. She said, “we came as young children unsure of the future and conquered every obstacle present to be sitting in these seats.” Brown thanked her fellow classmates and “a few pivotal teachers” for making

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“these the best four years” of her life. More than 200 seniors graduated from Hopewell High School on Saturday morning, June 8, inside the school’s gymnasium, with overflow directed to the auditorium and cateteria. The class of 2013 includes: Brandon Alan Acevedo, Claribel Jessica Alas, Deionte Lorenzo Alexander, George Lee Alexander Jr., Alexander Allen III, Corey

Don Allen, Yulander Sade Allen-Bailey, Derrick Lamar Amos, Jessica Rachel Anderson, Joshua Lynn Bagshaw, Brittany Breanca Barlow, Nicole Tiana Barnes, Donovan Brandon Baugh-Ennis, Shaliya Nicole Belk, Timothy Ray Bell, Tyra Dawn Bell, Brooke Lauren Bennett, Cody Alex Betley, Mina Jai Black, Morgan Denise Blackwell, Destinee Victoria Lucille Blow, Jessica Antwanette Boney, Please see HOPEWELL, Page 11

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Joseph Calvin Boney Jr., Brianna La’Shawna Brantley, Eboni Sherell Brown, Tre’veoone Mendell Bryant, Michael Scott Burgess, Ariana Yvette Butler, Reginald Calvin Mikal Butler, Anthony Levirn Carter Jr., Damani Delano Carter, Keyera Deangela Carter, Antonio Robert Wayne Chambers, Jewell Anne Charity, Derric Lavar Claiborne, William Jamal Claiborne, Simone Alexis Clark, Karley Nichole Clarke, Moses Lenton Clayborne, Crystal Lynn Coalson, Brittanie Leigh Cole, Ashley Elismarie Coleman, Lane Jarrett Coleman, Christina Ann Copeland, Gino Arnold Cortese, Matthew Daquan Crawford, Madison Jane Crocker, Christine Nicole Cruz, Morgan Kalisha Curry, Emmanuel Darnell De Los Santos, Jamie JD Diehl, Jacari Malik Diggs, Patra Aleeya Dunston, Christopher Ryan Ellis, Shelly Elaine Estep, Travon Lee Evans, Nicholas Ryan Faulkner, Talisha Marie Feliciano, Tiara Nycole Fennell, Markus James Foreman, Megan Raeann Forren, Kadeire’ Denise Garrett, Eric Eduardo Geronimo, Taquinta Lashayla Gholson, Morgan Kristine Giacalone, Regina Trinette Gibson, Jason Edward Goen Jr., Jazmine Akera Goode, Jeffery Develle Goode Jr., Ashley Nicole Grant, Kadeejah DeShondra Graves, Lee’Quan Dravelle Green, Tyrone Alexander Green, Michelle Dominique Green, William Fitzgerald Green Jr., Tysheal Brianca Hall, Rizik Kaseem Hamill, Tykiya Monae Hampton, Jasmine Nashea Hannon, Justin Eugene Harris, Ahnri Rashad Harrison, James Preston Hawthorne, Kaylee Marie Hayes, Timothy Robert Hayes Jr., James Alex Henderson Jr., Tiffany Tierra Hill, Dustin Franklin Reed Hitchcock, Tevin Dequan Holloway, Ciana Monet Hughes, Dorris Chorissa Hunter, Tracy James Iler Jr., Vashad Stefan Ivey, Zuhor Zaki Izhour, Britney Adair Jackson, Chanel Evette Danielle Jamison, Shayla Jasey, Erik Jimenez-Diaz, Amanda Marie Jones, Ce’Quoyah Kachea Jones, Joshua Ryan Jones, Keasia Mone’ Jones, Malyka Johnetta Jones, Susana Eli Justiniano, Kristin Elizabeth Kestner, Dammien Austin Kim, Maurice Anthony King, Michael Raymond Krise, Casandra Ann Kyles, Jalen Hakeem Lake, Keiddrick Satorian Lee, James Wesley Lloyd, Jr., Alexander Mario Love, Cody Allen Lynch, Anthony Isiah Maddox, Nicholas Allen Madison, Jalen Alysa Manning, Dulce Maria Martinez, German Martinez, Keara Janell Massenburg, Andrew Jarell May, Ashley Brooke Mays, Hannah Ruth McCollum, Amber Nicole McCracken, Rose Christine McKean, Nasir Quran Merritt, Kaiya Natasha Montanye, Ladarius Omar Morrison,

Eboni Brown valedictorian

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“We came as young children unsure of the future and conquered every obstacle present to be sitting in these seats.”


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Tene’Nichole Ruffin-Cooke, Elvia SantosDiaz, Lauren Brooke Savage, Drake Lee Scearce, Paige Marie Sciacca, Allishia Amanda Kaylyn Sewell, Zachary Ryan Shumate, Derrick Lamar Simmons, Paris Monsha Simmons, Shyheim Lamont Simpson, Luther Herman Sodat III, Jance Kaitlin Stephens, Jabrielle Iesha Street, Tion Kiandre Studivant, Amanda Leigh Taylor, D’andre Quashaun Taylor, Gabriel Rayquon Taylor, Jarkeria Jonae Taylor, Lashawn Michelle Taylor, Octavious Laquan Taylor, Lauren Spencer Terry, Terence Leanard Terry Jr., Alec Matthew Thomas, Chasmine Charmaine Thomas, Paul Alijah Algernon Thomas, Torri Shapau’ Thomas, Ellisia Raenell Thompson, Tiffany LaShae’ Thorne, Kaitlyn Robinson Tolbert, Ashley Mariah Tucker, Michael Robert Tucker, Shenikqua Renee Tucker, Herbert Tyler III, Jasmine Kiara Vincent, Christina Katherine Volk, Anthony

Jerome Walker Jr., Jonathan Micah Walker, Kayla Marie Walker, Rebecca Nichole Walker-Adams, Howard Kennedy Warren Jr., Michele Erin West, Anthony Joseph Weyland IV, Andria LaShawn White, Ashleigh Elizabeth White, Bianca Marie White, Lakillia Quanesha White, Dheja Lois-Ann Wiggins, Shamiah Nishea Wilkins, Curtis James Williams, Korneshea LaShay Williams, Tyneaka Quaderra Williams, Wesley Brian Wilson, Alexis Jahne Wiseman, Jacaur Woods, Ariel Nicole Wright, Lonnie Lee Wright Jr., Jasmine Nicole Wyche, Haley Nicole Yates, Peyton Rae Yates, Tierra Shante’ Young. • Editor’s note: Seniors’ names listed in this section were taken from the Hopewell High School class of 2013 program. Due to the deadline for the printing of the programs, LEAH SMALL/PROGRESS-INDEX PHOTO students may have been included who did not meet all the requirements for June gradua- Hopewell High School’s Choral Department sings ‘I Believe’ during the high school’s commencement exercises on Saturday, June 8. tion.


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A total of 305 seniors graduated from Dinwiddie High School on a breezy Friday morning, June 14, at the high school football field.


t the 2013 commencement exercises of Dinwiddie High School, County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dr. Mark E. Moore sought to instill a sense of confidence in the 305 seniors. “You have each received a solid educational foundation here in Dinwiddie County and can be confident that whether your journey takes you to college, the military or directly into the work force, you are well prepared and have a hometown cheerM14

ing you on.” Moore said he hoped the seniors viewed Dinwiddie as a place to spend a lifetime, and would return to do just that. The 305 students graduated from Dinwiddie High School Friday morning, June 14, at the high school football field. The class of 2013 includes: Jordan McKenzie Adams, Brian Michael Aldridge, Robert Lee Allen Jr., Jasmine Jo Ampy, Essence Samoa Anderson, Hunter

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Edward Andrews, Kala Dawn Baer, Corey Baker, Charlie Alvin Barefoot III, Lauren Ashley Barker, Jazzmyn Trinee Barksdale, Michael Anthony Bass-Gonzalez II, Khalil Vincent Anwar Battle, Kaitlin Cheyenne Beach, Michala Diane Bennett, Joseph Earl Bess, TySheik Raysean Black, Theressa Ja’Rel Blakes, MiAngel Marissa Blizzard, Deonte’ Jalon Blount, Andrew LaMont Bolding, Meagan Seth Bowles, Sarah Nicole Boyd, Ashley Leighann Brannock, Brooke

Lindsay Branzelle, Darien Lee Brockman, Brandon Scott Brooks, Devin Terrell Brown, Erika Sharonda Brown, Franklin Talisferra Brown III, Matthew Ryan Bruce, Daniel James Buenrostro, Jarod Tyrell Buford, Toddric Cortez Bugg, Bryana LaShaye Burton, Dishawn Deangelo Byrd Jr., William Alexander Callaway, Kelsey Leigh Carlton, Cassandra Casas, Christian Ray Casey, Please see DINWIDDIE, Page 15

DINWIDDIE HIGH SCHOOL “You have each received a solid educational foundation here in Dinwiddie County and can be confident that whether your journey takes you to college, the military or directly into the work force, you are well prepared and have a hometown cheering you on.” — Dr. Mark E. Moore, Board of Supervisors chairman, Dinwiddie County

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Kacie Jordan Cassell, Melanie Aleece Cathey, Benjamin Connor Cheek, Timothy Davist Childers, Tyshona Monique Clanton, Kiara Nasha Coats, Joseph Benjamin Cobb, Brian Keith Cole Jr., Da’Shaun Jamal Coleman, David Alan Coleman, James Lavell Coleman, Kaitlyn Nicole Coleman, Amber Anita Collins, Caelon Indigo Colvin, David Walton Comer, Brittnee Elizabeth Conyngham, Miranda Teresa Cook, Nakaya Shanquilla Cook, Jonathan Blake Cox, Zachary Tyler Crawford, Miesha Janae Creighton, Trayvon La’Key Creighton, Ashley Elizabeth Crisp, Eric Matthew Crites, Rickela Sharniece Crittendon, Daija DeShay Crowder, Hannah Cheyenne Crowe, Ronald Reginald Cunningham, Bradley James Dalton, Angela Nicole Daniels, DeAnthony Marke Davis, Jonathan Wesley Davis II, Travis Buchannon Davis, Jordan Malik Dawson, Brian Lamere Day, Adrieaunna Shaprice Delalcazar, Elizabeth Ashley Diaz, Pauline Nicole Droddy, Mark Brian Duggan, Caitlyn Ann Edwards, Justin Thomas Eichler, Sharon Lorraine Elder, Davonte Lavar Ellis, Dylan Craig Emory, Gunner James Erdmann, Charles Linwood Evans Jr., Devon Lee Evans, Shakaila Denise Evans, Tevin Devon Everett, Brittany Michelle Finch, Francesco Fiorello, WilmerJacory White Fitzgerald, Lauren Marie Fleming, Levi Alan Fleming, Roneeshadyshanne Sarah Franklin, Asia JaQuay Fulgham, Rodolfo Garcia-Rodriguez, Brooke Nicole Gauldin, Latesha Marie Gholson, Rachelle Ronisha Gholson, Bria Sade’ Gholson-Parham, Matthew Cameron Gibbs, Joshua Dylan Goad, Clarenisha Faith Green, Michaela Morgan Green, Dustin Shayne Grissom, Maranda Alexis Gupton, River Carlton Gupton, Carrie Marie Hall,

Kristen Webb valedictorian

Rachel Jones salutatorian

Jacob Rodger Hall, Roekeem Hall, Christopher William Halloway, LaTonya Irene Hardy, Mackenzie Tabor Hargrave, LaTreace Mone’t Hargrove, Brooke Danielle Harris, Michael Eugene Harris, Cara Michelle Hawkins, Sarah Elizabeth Hayes, Savana Nicole Hayes, Destiny Victoria Henshaw, John Robert Hill, Markcus Anderson Hines, MaShay Antoinette Hines, Jamar DeSean Hinton, Teraz Shaquille Hinton, Jessica Marie Hoak, Keturah Danielle Hobbs, Franklin Jerome Holloway, Carlton Michael Holman, Ryan Lee Holsclaw, Savannah Marie Hooker, Matthew Sherman Hoverstock, George Leroy Howard Jr., Victoria Nicole Hudson, Stephen Michael Hughes, Aaron James Humphries, Deandre Lee Jacobs, Ronald A Jackson Jr., Laquisha Renee James, Zachary Joseph Jessup, Ashley Nicole Jimenez, Benjamin Ezekiel Johnson, Brianntay Lasha Johnson, Cadence Sage Johnson, Darius Keon Johnson, Jocelyn Yolanda Johnson, TyQuana Shanay Johnson, Darrick Corneilius Jones Jr., Destiney Laquisha Najueelah Jones, Domonique Megan Jones, Dustin Ray Jones, Harry Ashton Please see DINWIDDIE, Page 17


During commencement exercises June 14, Dinwiddie High School Principal Randall Johnson presents Hunter Clark Spiers with an award for perfect attendance from kindergarten through his senior year of high school.


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DINWIDDIE COUNTY SCHOOLS Congratulates All Area Graduates! A Special Congratulations To Our Very Own Class of 2013 Continue To Strive To Be The Best You Can Be


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Jones, Kaela Mone Jones, Rachel Elizabeth Jones, Halle Shanuta Jordan, Nicholas Alan Kennedy, Keyana Kehosha Kentish, Kendrick Leon Kinchen, Darius Khalil King, Chad Allan Lagrasta, David Eugene Lamm Jr., Kaitland Dayle Lamm, Jacob Matthew Leath, Brandi Antoinnette Lee, Christopher Aaron Lewis, Desiree La-Faye Lewis, Keosha Zychelle Lewis, Tennelle Louise Lewis, Travis Alan Livesay, Herman Adolphus Loose IV, Erick Lopez, Brandon Edward Lucy, Desiree Monique Luna, Frances Abigail Maclin, Ashley Elizabeth Maitland, Steven Garrett Maitland, Zachary Hayes Maitland, Katelynn Tiaira Manuel, Garrett Alexander Mark, Nicholas Brandon Martin, Jasmine Latia Mason, Brennan Marshall Mattingly, Brianna Lucia McBride, Christopher James McClellan, Tyrhe’m My’Chele McGee, Jesse Michael McKee, Keyonna Katerra McKensie, Emily Marie Miller, Matthew Garrett Miller, Elliot Scott Mills, Kati

Ann Moody, Cody Theodore Moore, Jermontra Dupree Moore, Austin Craig Mostoller, Aiyhana Marie Murdock, Jessica Nicole Myers, Julian Alexander Myrie, JoAnna Pauline Nealy, Kimtuyen Thi Nguyen, Kajuan Deonta Nicholas, Hannah Rae Norman, Alexandra Brooke Norwood, Nicholas Edward Osborne, Aldo Yatzel PalestinaNieves, Kiara Arlesha Parham, Kierra Jeneciah Parham, Nicole Rose Payette, Nikeya Mone’ Pegram, Markale Alan Peppers, Brandon Wade Perkinson,Ashley Nichole Peyton, Casey Briann Phillips, Sierra Nicole Poole, Hannah Nicole Potts, Alexa Nicole Prater, Jazmen Kierra Pritchett, David Michael Pritt, TeAsia Renea Prosise, Patrichea Janet Puentes, Timothy Bernard Quarles, Shaun Austin Rakar, Kayla AnnReynolds, DeAisha Devonia Rhone, Jamarl La Roy Ridley, Corey Donell Riley, Alex Scott Roberts, Quinton Christopher Rogers, Raykwon Keith Rogers, Cynthia Delores Rosario, Jeremiah Conrad Roselle,

Edward Brennan Rowland, Matthew Aaron Russell, Christopher Lee Ryan Jr., Carley Taylor Sadler, Robert Ray Schenck, Chelsey Rose Schroeder, Deontre’ Tyrell Scott, Jamarye Marcel Scott, Jacob Christopher Scriver, Adrienne Jovan Seaborne, Miranda Denise Shaner, Sentwali Omwokha Shango, Destiny Sade’ Shell, Kamiran Imani Shell, Daniel Isaiah Shuklis, Waylon Jay Sims, Teondaih Javonte’ Skipper, Treondaih Nivonte’ Skipper, Sierra Kristen Slagle, Brian VincentLee Slusher, Austin Kyle Smith, Austin Trevon Smith, Deja Dionne Smith, Desiray Diane Smith, Mar’keisha Anthonae Smith, Collin David Sparkman, Sectorial Jarina Speller, Thomas Mason Spence, Hunter Clarke Spiers, Siobhan Nicole Spraggins, Ryan Stone Stalker, Ashley Nicole Stanford, Kha’Dijah Waynenesia Starke, Jason Taylor Stell, Aaron Michael Stone, Justin Blake Storey, Cindel Anne Strickland, Aubyn Nicholas Talbott, James Michael Tash, Raven Monia’ Taylor, William

Ezequie Teodoro-Tzompaxtle, Kaitlyn Mae Thompson, Taylor Gabrielle Thorpe, Victoria Elizabeth Toombs, Brittany Anne Townsend, Alanah Nicole Trago, Lauren Renee Tucker, Damian Earl Vaughan, Lauren Brooke Vaughan, Luis Manuel Ventura, Brittany Nichole Walker, Rachel Paige Wall, Brandee Chiante Wallace, Javian Jovon Watts, Kristen Renee Webb, Eva Darlene Wells, Conrad Burdine West, Madison Marie Westmoreland, Stuart Alexander Wheelhouse, Andrea Terrell Williams, Benjamin Avery Williams, Brandon Scott Williams, Jasmine Tesia Williams, Kaprice Princess Williams, Holden Lee Wilson, JayQuan Devine Wood, Autumn Skye Woods, Sarah Elizabeth Woods, Crystal La’Teesha Worrell, LaQuisha D’Aisa Worsham, Jenny Marie Wright, Tronell Jecarri Wynn, Frank Joseph Zaharek IV. • Graduates’ names were compiled and submitted by Dinwiddie County High School.


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Prince George High School seniors listen during commencement exercises on Saturday, June 8, in the high school gymnasium.


atthew Schneck, valedictorian, Prince George High School class of 2013, remembered the late Marvin Massenburg Jr. in his commencement address and urged his classmates to make the most of every moment of their lives. Schneck said he believed Massenburg, a classmate who died in a car accident during the school year, was looking down upon the assembled. “Please, please, do not take life for granted. Life is too short,” Schneck said. “The clock is ticking, and it will not slow up to let us catch up.” Schneck also advised students not to take life too seriM20

ously. He said, “not one of us is perfect,” and “sometimes we just screw up.” Some 390 seniors graduated from Prince George High School Saturday morning, June 8, in the school’s gymnasium. The class of 2013 includes: Justus Earl Akers, Chloe Belle Alexander, Malik Kenyon Alexander, Sierra Najee Alexander, Alexus Victoria Allen, Haley Renee Anderson, Kaci Dawn Anderson, Cristian Santiago Antonio-Martinez, Joy Elizabeth Arakelian, John Michael Austin Arbogast, Katelyn Renea Arnold, Caleigh Clary

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Atkins, Kathiamarie Ayala, Cassidy Christine Bailey, Rachel Elizabeth Bailey, Kavel Kasimi Charley Baker, Destiny Unique Banks, Jasmin Fatima Mariah Banks-Hall, Tanner Austin Barlow, Melanie Lynn Barnaby, Paul Alexander Barsamian, Solomon Jesup Baskfield, Dwayne Malik Baucum, Andrew James Beehler, Valerie Lynn Belcher, Jeffrey Michael Benson, Hailey Marie Beu, Shaquille Lorenzo Blanding, David Alan Blevins, Danielle Elizabeth Bowser, Steven Lyrell Bradshaw II, Edward Brazile Jr., Abbigail Catherine Breeding, Nathan Curtis Britt, Roy Stephen Brockwell

Jr., Keith Marcelle Brooks Jr., Lynn Michelle Brooks, Shawn Anthony Broughton, Bray’n Nareece Brown, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Skyler Philip Bryant, Abdulla Yousif Bubshait, Mohammed Yousif Bubshait, Charles Harvey Buckles III, Demontrel Darnell Burse, Faven Valentine Butler, Brooke Alexandra Campbell, JonRyan Mack Campbell, Hunter Anthony Cannon, Taylor Virginia Carpenter, Anthony Michael Jovan Carter, Brandon Austin Casey, Cody Allen Casey, Katherine Marie Caudle, Jeremy Ryan Please see PRINCE GEORGE, Page 21

PRINCE GEORGE HIGH SCHOOL Continued from Page 20

Chambers, Kristine Anne Cherry, Taylor Anne Chiasson, Travis Andrew Cibula, Taylor Leigh Clark, John Allan Clements Jr., Tyaunna LeNelle Cleveland, Anthony Tyrell Cole, Tyra Taleah Coleman, Chastin Roy Collier, Brian Maurice Collins Jr., Kaneesha Shirlei Collins, Hannah Marie Conner, Tevin Dominic Conwell, Akeylah Renée Cooper, Bradley Dale Cooper, Taylor Rae Corbett, Christopher Angel Cortes, Allison Brooke Crawford, Bryan Crespo, Damien Lamar Crewe, Mikayla Marie Crookshanks, Amber Jo Cross, Alexandra Rose Crowder, Melanie Nichele Crutchfield, Zhaleigha D’Ann Culpepper, Brooke Emily Dancy, Xavier Leandre Daniels, Amara Michele Heikkila Dasalla, Douglas Keith Davis II, Myron Larue Davis III, Emily Elise Dearing, Janelle Yonzon Deguzman, Larry Dequan Dent, Daniel Ray Derr, Shelby Denise Derrick, Dominic Donté Dessaure, Jacob Carl Dickey, Jodi Miranda Dixon, Ian Alexander Douglas, Michael Steven Nicholas Doukas, Shawn Patrick Downey, Ryan King Drewery, Jacob Colby Duke, Danielle Alexis Duncan, Marshall Gabriel Dunn, Daja Monique Edwards, Sara Marie Eggleston, Miles Mitchell Ellis, Joshua Ryan Elpers, Shelby Lynne Emerson, Kaleigh Ralynn Engel, Justice Daniell Evans, Jordan Rae Everett, Clyvens Exantus, Quetasia Shameka Faulcon, Kaitlyn Paige Fazio,

Kristopher Harrison salutatorian

Matthew Schneck valedictorian

“Please, please do not take life for granted. Life is too short.” — Matthew Schneck, valedictorian

Anthony Joseph Fennick, Shawn Michael Fields, Jamie Lynn Fiorino, John Julius Firment Jr., Jacob Lee Fizer, Jessica Rachael Flanders, Shatoya Brekiah Floyd, Patricia Lee Forehand, Terra Desire’ Foreman, Jason Elijah Foster, Katelynn Elise Fowler, Andrew Thomas Frazier, Kristen

Marie Gandarillas, Kaitlyn Jennifer Gantner, Jahmyah Trenay Garrett, Katherine Howell Garrett, Brandy Michelle Gee, Richard Clay Gelina, Hunter Trey Geren, Takaiya Larquel Geter, Jessica Josette Giraud, De’Alva Rodchelle Glaspie, Nicholas Austin Glasscock, Darian Alexander Glover, Elijah Estaphan Golden, Jamaal Delmar Gooden, Krislyn Rose Grandstaff, Chanel Shantai Green, Sidney Paige Greenwood, Gloria Elaine Grimes, Victoria Michelle Grimes, Michael Barry Gross Jr., Calvin Jamar Grubbs, Olivia Grace Haase, Jeffery Hunter Hackett, Jodi Sue Hackett, Crystal Erin Hall, Joseph Hamilton-Arcos V, Cody Alan Hanshew, Trevor Malik Hargrave, Corrine Angelina Harris, Danielle Renee Harris, Jesse Lee Harris, Kenneth Charles Harris III, Markeisha Tanay Harris, Kristopher Michael Harrison, Michaela Renee Harrison, Sean Connelly Harrison, Zachary Walker Harrison, Pamela Lynne Harsh, A’Marah O’Leigha Hawkins, Emily Lyn Heald, Tiffany Caitlin Heard, Kenneisha Elektra Helms, Luzard Christopher Henry, Breon Tyreece Herbert, Victoria Marie Herrera, Hailey Michele Heyliger, Kayla Marie Hill, Brandon Alan Hilliard, William Earl Hipes, Elizabeth Susan Hopkins, Sarah Lynn Horning, Brandon Lee Howard, Sarah Beth Howard, Ronique Monaé Howell, Nathan Lee Hughes, Abria Charee Humphries, Mariah Shontell Hunt-

er, Kristina Marie Ingram, Taijah Danielle Ishmael, Chantell Terrell James, Ke’atte Aude’ll James, Gabrielle Joy Jean, Jasmine Tyree Jefferson, Samantha Paige Jennings, Aaliyah Rajanae Johnson, Brian Scott Johnson, Caleb Hamilton Johnson, Cynthia Denise Johnson, Jordan Edward Johnson, Leah Monique Johnson, Madison Taylor Johnson, Megan Victoria Johnson, Milesha Tenice Johnson, Jasmine Omira Jones, Matthew Grayson Jones, Sthephanie Michelle Jovine-Rivera, Michael Mackenzie Kanney, Konner Lee Kavanaugh, Diamond Elizabeth Dawn Kemp Andrew Nicholas Kennedy, Shaneka Danielle King, Brian Andrew Kreemer, Sydney Marie Landreth, Kierra Chanel Lanier, Rodney Nelson Leary III, Sterling Mitchel Lewis, QuaVon Marquise Lightfoot, Shanreka La’Chell Ligon, Nakia Dashawn Lilly, Maura Ann Lively, M c Kenzie Ann Love, Tiara Justine Loving, Matthew Lawrence Lucas, Amanda Marie Majewski, Samuel Adam Marshall, Alysia Jeanette Martin, Tiara Renea Mason, Zachary Lee Matthews, Joanna Marie Mayes, Kiana Catherine McCorkle, Maurice Duane McCoy, Brent Tirrell McDaniel Jr., Brooklynne Ashlie McDermott, Shavon Antwon McDonald, Aaron Rashad Ismel McIntosh, Brittani Renae McKinley, Christian Mitchel McLaughlin, Shondavia Nichole McPhail, Kelsie Nicole Melson, Derek Cody Miller, Virginia Elizabeth Miller, Zachary Edward Please see PRINCE GEORGE, Page 22



Prince George High School seniors get ready for graduation in the high school auditorium Saturday,June 8. Commencement exercises were held in the school’s gymnasium.

Prince George High School seniors check in and wait for graduation in the school auditorium Saturday, June 8. The commencement exercises were held in the gymnasium. The class of 2013 included some 390 seniors. The Progress-Index, Petersburg, VA Sunday, June 30, 2013




PRINCE GEORGE HIGH SCHOOL Continued from Page 21

Mizzell, Katelyn Taylor Moody, Tyler Dewaine Moore, Matthew Allen Moot, Ebony Riana Moss, John Lee Mullenix III, Dale Harrison Mullins, Melanie Crystal Muniz, DaZhane’ Kayan Myler, Alayna JaNét Myrick, Jeritsa Medmei Negron-Quiros, John Edward O’Neil, Deborah Milagros Ortiz-Mcintosh, Brandon Robert Pack, Lizbeth Palafox Garcia, Alyallah Danielle Parham, Ronald Lee Parker II, Morgan Sydney Parrish, Florence Galicia Pastor, Parth Raja Patel, Ridhi Raja Patel, Ruche Sanjaykumar Patel, Caleb Wayne Patsel, Chance McKey Patterson, Genevieve Lourdes Pawlowski-Pere z, Brooke Diane Payne, Jeremey Thomas Penn, Courtney Leigh Perkinson, Harley Lynn Perkinson, Tyleke Artez Perry, Lindsay Ann Phillingane, Kyle Cody Pitcock, Lemeke Devar Bernard Pittman, Tiffany Alexandria Pleasant, Rebecca Jean Pope, Caitlin Elise Poppell, Angela Zoe Poreda, Jhada Olivia Powers, Kevin Eduardo Pretto, Carlton Tyler Procise, Donald Glenn Pruett Jr., Rachel Melissa

Pugh, Karli Rebecca Pulver, Eric Tyler Pyles, Nestor Luis Quinones, Jasmine Deliah Ragland, Kyle Alexander Ragland, Jeffery Ramsey Jr., Jerrod Isaiah Reed, Dylan Michael Reiner, Zachary Evan Rel-

“Not one of us is perfect ... Sometimes we just screw up.” — Matthew Schneck, valedictorian

ford, Kristal Marie Rhoten, Joseph Oppel Rickman III, Keith Guillermo Rigual-Ruiz, Sabrina Taina Rios, Mark Timothy Roberts, Trequan Detrell Roberts, Larissa Nicole Lane Roeleveld, Michael Eric Roessel Jr., Laura Michelle Rowe, Kelsey Bridget Ryan Rowland, Kristen Marie Rowsey, William Bragg Russell III Khalil

Rydell Sanders, Chelsea Monique Saunders, Matthew Baylo Schneck, Samuel Joshua Schojer-Butler, Kristen Leigh Schwalm, Christopher Marcelius Scott, Ellen Rose Scudder, Jack Karim Semrau, Domonique Deshun Sergent, Braxton Marcellis Sessoms, Ashley Nicole Shaver, Kendra La’Trell Shaw, John Robert Shumar, Zachary Ryan Sink, Trenton Alexander Skrine, Paul William Smallwood, Anna Robin Smith, Dallas Nicole Smith, Korrina Marie Smith, Tayla Jakay Smith, Tyree Gregory Smith, Lindsey Elizabeth Snead, Kaitlyn Paige Snover, Rebecca Louise Soon, Jacob Elliott Spain, Kahlil Dominique Spencer, Samantha Nicole Spitzer, Michael Craig Stackhouse III, Dorian Deshaun Starnes, Andrew Paul Stockellburg II McKenzie Laine Story, Arquedia Nicole Straight, Deandre Marquis Strickland, Patrick Daniel Sullivan, Alissa Kay Temple, Amanda Paige Terry, Jordan Danielle Thompson, Tyler Morgan Thompson, Ja’Quay Qate Thweatt, Aziza Kimela Tilley, Angela Renée Todd, Melissa G r a c e To m l i n , K r y s t i n K i m b e rly Treglown, Christopher Lewis Trimarco, Timothy Scott Tripp Jr., Alexander Wayne

Turpin, De’Shaun Javante’ Tyler, Cara Elizabeth Tyus, Raven Dawn Ulrich, Theresa Michele Updike, Taylor Alexis Uranga, Imani Janee’ Urquhart, Shannon Louise Vandevander, Lindsay Nicole Varga, Christian Alexander Vasquez, Demetrious Jamal Vaughan, Malik Cantrell Vaughan, Robert Nicholas Vaughan, Jose Ireneo Villalobos Jr. John Marvin Wachsmann, Jamyra Tonaé Wade, Austin Dakota Wagner, Dominique Rashaun Walker, Christafa Unique Wallace, Mercedes Mae Weber, Shadeja Monee Wethington, Talisha Tyani Darlene White, Paul Robert Whiteman, Ashley Jade Wilkes, Alicia Nicole Williams, Bailey Mason Williams, Brevard O’Neal Williams Jr., Curtis Williams III, Kendra Janell Sherise Williams, Michael Justin Williams, Rashawn Hakeem Williams, Olivia Peacemai Willoughby, Chelsey Marquetta Wilson, Dorian Kentrell Windley, Thomas Lynn Wooldridge Winfield, Dustyn Edward Winstead, Joshua Billington Woodacre, Jennefer Nicole Woodlief, Robert Cedric Wyche, Marisela Christian Zuloaga. • Graduates’ names were compiled and submitted by Prince George High School.

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The 49th graduating class of Matoaca High School received their diplomas on Saturday, June 8, at the Stuart C. Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.


uring his commencement address, Matoaca High School Valedictorian Dean Landes said that high school is a launching pad for the class of 2013. “Now you must [take] these experiences and build on them,” he said. Salutatorian Max Williams reminded classmates of the impact they have already made in the community and their potential. “While we’re not superheroes yet,

each of us has the markings to be something great.” The 49th class of Matoaca High School graduated on Saturday, June 8, at the Stuart C. Seigel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. The class of 2013 includes: Felipa Sherrod Abbott, Andrea Nicole Ackinclose, Kayla Marie Adkins, Benjamin Tyler Albus, Christopher Edward Allen, Richard Lee Allen, Natalie Marshay Ander-

son, Tashea Samone Anderson, Trevor Michael Anderson, Austin James Andrews, Jade Victoria Aponte, Ryan Edward Arnold, Kennon Anthony Artis II, Michaela Rochelle Ashlock, Christina Ashley Atkins, Chelsea Aisha Augustine, Megan Cierra Babb, Alec Dimitri Bailey, Erick Deray Bailey, Timothy William Baird, Justin Christopher Banks, Jackia Shaquan Barnes, Latoya Deshae’ Bates, Matthew Dean Baucom, Daryen Simone Baugh, Christopher Scott Bear, Nelson Ariel Benitez, Hannah Leigh Bennett, Malik

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MATOACA HIGH SCHOOL Continued from Page 23

Rodrick Marquis Brown, Scott Brown III, Zachary Ty Brown, Tamika Shana Broyles, Marlin Kahlil Brunson, Malcolm Bernard Bunch, Morgan Louise Burke, Ivey Lee Burton, Brady Keith Byer, David Lee Cabaniss III, Christopher Michael Campbell, Jodi Lynne Capps, Rebecca Ann Cardwell, Zareya Nyqulla Carlisle, Jhane’ Lavern Carr, Alexis Jade Carrasquillo, Sarah Emily Chadwick, Cameron Marc Champeau, Kaitlyn Rose Chandler, Angela Breanna Ahlisa Cheatham, Brittany Briana Chesley, Dominique Rashad Clark, Samuel Tyrone Clark II, Morgan Ashley Cody, Devin O’neal Coe, Rashan Amandre Cole, Torian Xaviera Cole, Alyssa Lamericle Coleman, Hannah Baldwin Coleman, Jacob Wade Collier, William Chase Connelly, Abigail Elizabeth Connolly, Abigail Taylor Cook, Luis Alvaro Coral, Shannon Leigh Coryell, Bria Patrice Coward, Kaeja Ciara Rosa Cox, Matthew David Cox, Devin Anthony Cranmer, Jazmyne Chantelle Mone Crawley, Rhiannon Elizabeth Cree, William Maxwell Croston, De’jaa Dominique Daniel, Caitlyn Jessica Degracia, Jacob Colby Diamond, Carl Grant Driskill III, Dara Elizabeth Duncan, Jillian Deborah Dupuis, Jordan Ray Eason, Kacey Develon Easton Jr., Jonathan Bernard Edmonds, Steven Trey Edwards, Joshua Quinn Everhart, Kesha Marie Everson, Michael John Farrell Jr, Alexis Antoinette Farrior, Kemiyah Shakeldra Faulkner, Kara Elaine Felter, Tyler Lee Ferrell, Davon Nathaniel Fields, Laquan Raheem Fields, Tyrell Rayquan Fields, Kayla Jaden Fike, Hadiya Bryonne Fisher, Tahjire Armani Na’quell Fitten, Cassidy Rose Fletcher, Brandon Terrell Fobbs, Devin Jamal Fobbs, Jeffrey Robert Fogleboch Jr., Pryce Curtiss Fortune, Christian Jeffrey Fox, Keelia Lahope Friday, Brent William Frost, Randie Austin Gale, Jacqueline Eileen Gatz, Brittany Renee Gettings, Gabrielle Jane Gibbs, Brandon Jaleel Gilchrist, Megan Lynn Gill, Taylor Jordan Gill, Destiny Rae Gilley, Tevyn Rashad Gilliam, Dante Marques Gillison, Jacob Ryan Girard, Fabian Da’shun Glass, Diamond Andrea Goldsmith, Deja Imani Goode, Shaquana Gray, Aaron Michael Green, Austin Charles Grindle, Darcy Rose Grogan, Sky Malyn Grogan, Lindsay Morgan Grohowski, Christiana Abena Faith Gyapong, Chandler Louise Hadden, Rebecca Lynn Hamilton, Samantha J. Hamilton, Alexis Elise Hammond, April Ayanna Hardy, Kiara Antoinette Hargraves, Anna Summer Harper, John Earl Harper III, Travonn Alphonzo Harper,

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“While we’re not superheroes yet, each of us has the markings to be something great.”


Principal Stephen Cunningham presents a diploma to Natalie Marshay Anderson as Matoaca High School hosts commencement exercises Saturday, June 8, at the Stuart C. Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

— Max Williams, salutatorian

Crystalin Earline Harris, Darien Michelle Hartsoe, Maximillian Melvin Harwell, Ian Taylor Haselhorst, Carly Eure Heinz, Abigail Camille Heird, Wesley Alan Hennigan, Chase Monroe Henry, Kasey Alise Hensley, Taylor Michael-Alexan Hevener, Chandler De Sean Hinton, Dennis Kenneth Hitchcock, Catherine Elizabeth Dean Hodges, Kashena Miesha Holcombe, Deon Devonte Holmes, Devin Lee Honeycutt, Katelynn Brooke Hood, Deandre Antonio Horne, Jade Dana Hossain, Bonnie Jo House, Jeffrey Dylan Hovermale, Antoinette Renee Hunter, Lauren Ashley Hurt, Devin Deonte Hylton, Brandon Scott Irving, Maximillia Victoria Jackson. Ebony Monet Jennings, Precious Marie Jiggetts, Justice Kiyomi Johnson, Lillian Frances Johnson, Matthew Christopher Johnson, Tiondria Karshima Johnson, Zuri Onaje Johnson Jr., Christin Imari Jones, Christina Imani Jones, Julisa Diane Chamel Jones, Kaitlyn Lee Jones, Serina Tanisha Jones, Shyan Amour Jones, Starling Paige Jones, Tia Chanel Jones, Bradford Guy Jordan Jr., Frederick Kane, Morgan Lee Karpinski, Vanessa Simone Kelly, Reese Jacob Kempter, Morgan Lynn Kiefer, Dalton PATRICK KANE/PROGRESS-INDEX PHOTO Connor Kitchen, Sara Elizabeth Koegl, Michael James Kosobucki, Austin Lee Dr. Marcus Newsome, superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools, speaks at Please see MATOACA, Page 26

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MATOACA HIGH SCHOOL Continued from Page 25

Lafoon, Kelly Morris Landen, Dean Mitchell Landes, Dylan Marshall Landes, Nicholas Joseph Lannie, Lily-Ann Laws, Michael Scott Lawson, Terrell Devon Lee, Derrick Antoine Lewis Jr., Erin Nicole Lewis, Rashard Alexander Lewis, Travis Corey Link, Christopher Allen Litton, Ashton Leigh Lively, Rage Shinobi Lleras, Catherine Gail Lockett, Elizabeth Anne Loving, Alexander Paul Luft, Peter Adam Luft, Declan Orion Lumpp, Erin Rose Maciejczyk, Brittany Caprice Manns-Byrd, Hana Mohamed Maqsher, Milton Royal Marsh, Raymond Bryant Marsh Jr., David Elliott Marshall, Keyera Lashonda Mason, Kiana Lachan Mason, Kiyana Anie Mason, Taylor Alexis Mason, Bryan Robert Matthews, Kaitlyn Marie Matthie, Ronald Paul McClarin III, Brooke Ashley McMahand, Kevin Joseph McNamara, Vania Elise Mendez, Keevin Mathew Merritt, Stephen Wayne Mick, Miranda Danielle Milliner, Ashley Nicole Mills, Dakota Aron Milton, Allison Kate Mingloski, Christen Tiffany Moore, Danielle Nicole Moore, Jada Asheyanna Moore, Mitchell Thomas Moore, Jonathan Shayne Morgan, Michael Anthony Mueller II, David Hunter Murphy, Monzell Devonte Murphy, Tucker Keelin Murphy, Brittini

Tiara Marie Myrick, Abraham Daniel Nassar, Ndidi Amarachi Ndubueze, Arika Nicole Neal, Justice Allen Nesgoda, Cory Ray Newhouse, Tyler Austin Nix, Christian Yeonoow No, Shawn William O’Brien, Arynn Delaney O’Kane, Troy Michael Owen, Carl Ross Paparone, Anthony Deandre Parham, Derrick Brent Parker, Daniel Wayne Parlow, Sydney Justine Parolisi, Khalil Ajay Parson, Rodney Scott Pemberton Jr. Virginia Caroline Pennell, Andre Perez, Austen Daniel Perkinson, Chasity Arnette Pettiford, Kiandra Lorraine Petway, Tabytha Marie Poling, Dasean Antonyo Pope, Brandon D’shawn Porter, Ebonee’ Brichae’ Porter, Taryn Rebecca Powell, Austin Mishia Powers, Elaina Dawn Preece, Sarah Ann Prince, Brooke Michelle Pruckner, Nicholas Brandon Pullo, Diamond Shanice Ragsdale, Robert Stephen Rainey, Zachary Scott Ramkey, Corbin Perry Ramos, Robert Doran Ramsey, Christian Lamaar Reid, Kevin Fitzgerald Reid II, Thomas Zachary Reid, Jordan Renaldo Xavier Reyes, Kia Lynn Rhodes, Brian James Richardson, Gavin Martin Alwyn Richebourg, Miranda Lenore Riggs, Brandon Joe Hall Rines, Marcella Gabrielle Ritchwood, Claudia Rivera, John Mark Roberts Jr., Alina Robertson, Charity Joy Rob-

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Tyler James Thrasher, Lorna Elizabeth Thwaites, Dylan Blake Tickle, Zachary Blake Tilley, Jessica Lynn Timberlake, Brandon Matthew Traylor, Taylor Lynn Traylor, Danielle Nicole Triplett, Anjelica Therese Vasquez, Morgan Amanda Vaughan, Matthew Aaron Venis, Christian Geovany Ventura, Paquan Demetrius Waithe, Courtney Latia Walker, Deonte Aaron Walker, Kaitlyn Renae Walker, Jordan Alexander Wallace, Charles Timothy Walters Jr, Alexis Diane Ward, Devin James Warren, Da’sherra Jynae Washington, Mark Spencer Washington, Cody James Weatherford, Kadedra Ann Webb, Shante Tierra Webb, Bethany Paige Webster, Kasey Nicole Webster, Monica Lea Webster, Mckenna Nicole Weeks, James David Weisnicht, Aaron Jacob Wells, Steven Cadell Whitaker III, Richard Weylin Whitehead, Danielle Storm Whitt, George Martin Wiggins, Amber Lynn Wilczynski, Chelsea Somer Wilkins, Genique Renee Williams, Kiearra Roneisha Williams, Matthew Mckinney Williams Jr., Max Mary-Louise Williams, Michael Ryan Williams, Andrew Davis Wilson, Kamisha Janee Winfield, Myshan Arkel Wright, Melanie Anna Wyman, Jacob Aaron Yost, James Russell Young III • Graduates’ names were compiled and submitted by Matoaca High Schoool.



More than 500 Thomas Dale High School seniors received diplomas on Friday, June 7, inside the Stuart C. Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.


lthough the day was gloomy and rainy, the Thomas Dale High School class of 2013 sat inside the Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond waiting to start their futures bright in contrast. Senior class president Skye Hagood acknowledged those bright futures in her commencement address. “Once we swing our tassels to the left, we will become freshmen all over again whether in the workplace, college or the military.” Looking out among his classmates, Salutatorian Colin Neal acknowledged the potential of the class of 2013. “... I see doctors, lawyers, businessmen,

police officers, teachers and engineers,” said Neal, who plans to attend the University of Virginia in the fall to study political science and pre-law. Valedictorian Cameron Kiddy left the class with the message that life is all about overcoming obstacles. “I am not a fan of speaking in front of crowds but it is a challenge I am overcoming, But that is why we are here, isn’t it? As we have come to realize, life is not that simple,” she said. On Friday morning, June 7, more than 500 Thomas Dale High School seniors received their diplomas inside the Stuart C. Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth

University in Richmond. The class of 2013 includes: Erica LaDelsean Adkins, Nicolas Spencer Agee, Yusra Ahmed, Corey Lamon Akers Jr., Jabari Abubakar Akil, Christopher Wendell Allen, Hannah Lauren Allen, Chelsea Oluchukwu Amagoh, Ian Alexander Ambs, Basheer Talal Amin, Nyenda Diamond Anderson, Austin Edward Andrews, Brooke Nicole Andrews, Christopher Xavier Andrews, Rohaan Suhail Arora, Christopher Michael Aycock, Jacob Allan Baca, Jalen Christopher Bailey, Wesley Robert Bailey, Michael Dominic Balducci, Katelyn

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Nicole Boyd, Shadalia Tia’yel Bradley, Ryan Andrew Bramble, Destiny Rain Brazeal, Kyle Patrick Breiner, Frasier William Brickhouse III, Kitel Richard Christopher Bright, Brendan Christopher Brooks, Christopher Michael Brooks, Carlton Maurice Browder, Domenic Marshall Brown, Ellen Taylor Brown, Haleigh Noel Brown, Kiwian Swing Brown, Tshenina Lashae Brown, Ritchie Lance Brown Jr., Casey Daniel Bryant, Giacomo Ena Buffo III, Kathryn Laura Bungarden, Joshua Ayres Burch, Dylan Taylor Burnette, Kandice Marie Burton, Lillian Marie Butler, Jordan Nicole Byrd, Tyler Marc Byrne, Montana Nicole Calabrese, Joshua Andrew Callahan, Megan Jean Campbell, Meghan Elizabeth Canty, Wendy Carela-Hernández, Ashley Megan Carter, Jade Ashley Symone Carter, Terrance Scott Carter, Victoria Elizabeth Carter, Caroline Novella Cauley, Rachael Kiersten Chadwick, Bryce Allen Chambers, Darnell Alexander Cheatham, Jasmine Leanne Cheatham, Claire Elizabeth Cheney, Dakota Jonathan Childress, Andrew MacDowell Chisholm, Griffin Wilder Clark, Neal David Clark III, Zachary Jordan Claud, Lorencia Sherquana Clay, Deborah Ruth Clemons, Whitley Larice Coco, Kristen Margaret Coker, Dewey Brandon Collins, Kathleen Ivette Colon, José Adrian Comayagua, Cristhofer Jonathan Israel Conde, Marland Lydell Cook Jr., Michael Alexander Coonley, Jordan Michael Cooper, Michael Robert Coumes, Jacob Lotti Courington, Graziella Vittoria Covello, Michael Aaron Covington, Jeremy Daniel Craft, Victor Juan Crespo Nieves, Kodie Alexis Cridlin, Kristine Elise Cuevas, Zachary Scott Curry, Tricia Rose Daily, Joshua Reed Dance, Sarah Katharine Davies, Kaitlynn Maxine Davis, Reagan Geoffrey Kyle Davis, Taylor Lanett Davis, Morgan Elizabeth Dawson, Maximilian Waclaw DeLeon, Harrison Tyler DeSalvo, Taylor O’Kennon Desmond, Christian Isaiah Diaz, Sapphire Rose Dingler, Deqcaun Jamall Dinkins, Michael Anthony Dixon Jr., Christopher Shawn Dobyns, Amanda Louise Dodge, Brandon Alexander Donovan, Kelsey Miller Dowling, Shelby Danielle Draper, Dylan Wray Driskill, Victoria Danielle Dudash, Jo’ Quaun Raynard Dugger, Adrianna Faye Duncan, Alexander Grant Eaton, Bianca Rene’ Edmonds, Anthony Joseph Edwards, Robert Shelby Edwards, Michelle Marie Edwin, Ahrdé Marlasia Ellis, James Edgar Emory Jr.. Jacob Robert Enz, Eric Scott Evans, Victoria Grace Fairman, Mikayla Renae Faughnan, Cierra LaShon Feacher, Ryan Caleb Fedoryk, Michaela Daniela Felter, Amanda Nicole Fender, Ter-Zahn DeLa-

Cameron Kiddy valedictorian

Colin Neal salutatorian

no Fenner, Jessica Anne Ferguson, Dylan Jayson Ferrell, Claire Kathleen Fisher, Azaria Chanje’ Fleurima, Regan Nicole Flores, John Doucette Ford, Evan Marc Fowler, Vaughn Michael Fowler, Kathryn Elizabeth Freed, Courtney Michelle Friedersdorf, Emely Beatris Fuentes, Juana De la Paz Funes, Aarick D’Mickel Gaither, Cameran Nicole Garland, Jason Jama Garland, Meredith Kendall Garrett, Victoria Elizabeth Garrett, Brandon Austin Gbinije, Lauren Nicole Gegner, Justin Dylan George, Mallory Inez George, Kamaljit Singh Ghotra, Kelly Mary Jean Giddings, Megan Nicole Gilbert, Tajee’ Christopher Glasper, Taylor Dean Godsey, Mark Douglas Gold, Maranda Michelle Gonzalez, Tyra Renee Gore, Bryant Jamal Gravely, Keneca Jatori Graves, Corwin Scott Gray, Kelsey Rene’ Gray, Shannon LeeGray, Tyler Ashley Gray, Mark Eric Gray Jr., Aaron Michael Green, Logan Alexis Gregory, Nickolas Galento-David Grietzer, Haleigh Alyssa Grimes, Maria Anne Groben, Catherine Belanna Grundy, Shelby Alainna Guydan, Skye Davies Hagood, Kevin Lomont Hall, Gregory Alan Halter Jr., Cailin Ashley-Mae Hamby, Kevin Demar Harper, Shainee’ Michelle Harper, Javon Malik Harris, Kristen Leigh Harris, Melody Amber Harris, Kerrie Nicole Hart, Brandon Robert Hatcher, Michelle Leigh Hayes, Aija Christine Hector, Kristen Marie Hedge, Garrett Neal Hedrick, Shakira Diamond Henry, Mathias Walter Herod, Alexander David Hogwood, Zachary Austin Holben, Rachel Elizabeth Holder, Devin LaVerne Holland, Alexandria Amanda Holloway, Calvin Lee Holmes III, Zachary Carter Holten, Austen Dale Hood, Melissa Anne Howard, Jaida Russhelle Howell, Jaliah Moná Howell, Theodore Quinton Hruska, Mackenzie Page Huber, Logan Marisa Hughes, Keana Leonie Hullette, Brandy Katja Humphrey, Min Ho Im, Brittany Nicole Inscoe, Melissa Smith Irvin, Bia Schae Jackson, Toni Matoaka Jackson, Matthew Earl Jenkins, Ricardo Antonio Jimenez, Briana Lee Johnson, Jalin Daniel-

Ray Johnson, Jarrell Wayne Johnson, JéMira Renée Johnson, Marley Marie Johnson, Terrell Marcell Johnson, Tyreek Marquis Johnson, Cory Lynn Johnsrud, Brittany Michelle Johnston, Christopher Anthony Jones, Cierra Lyniece Jones, David Bradley Jones, Jessica Anne Jones, Miles Alexander Jordan, Tekeiya Laquay Jordan, Kazahna Latae’ Joyce, Roneé Mina Joyner, Angela Marie Judson, Bereket Berhe Kahsai, Joseph James Karakasians, Dalton Sloane Kean, Ashleigh Nicole Kelley, Rhiana Jean Kendall, Willie Thomas Key Jr., Jay Surendra Khamar, Murtaza Khalid Khan, Cameron Ann Cathaline Kiddy, Jisu Kim, Dalton Michael King, Brandon Ruben Kipper, Amber Jean Koch, Peter Daniel Koch, Jonathan Koren, Lucas Andrew Bernad Lachica, Christian Paul Lallo, Brandon Charles Lamberth, Julia Rose Lattimer, Hunter James

Laughy, Kyung Hyun Lee, McJennifer Kemaorla Lena, Brooke Alayna Lesniak, Stephanie Nicole Liggitt, Michael Joseph Listo, Charles Antonio Love, Brandon Jeffrey Lunt, Joseph James Lupacchino, Ashlen Juanita Malmberg, Kelly Marie Malone, Mariana Eugenia Mangano, Angela Nichole Mann, Gilbert Isiah Marroquin Jr. Tiara Dante’ Mathews, Maria Lourdes Maurer, Tanner Hawk Mayes, Kelsey Ariel Mayle, Anna Marie McCall, Cherish Alexis McCann-Williams, Kyle Cordaryl McCollum, Montikeya Trayvonda Mccord, Brian Anthony McCormick, Kylie Jordan McCormick, Dallas Reginá McElroy, Brittany Lynne McFarlane, Kayla Mae McIntosh, Octavia Jeanette McKenney, Marc Scott McKoy, William Godfrey McLaughlin IV, Please see THOMAS DALE, Page 30

“I am not a fan of speaking in front of crowds but it is a challenge I am overcoming. But that is why we are here, isn’t it? As we have come to realize, life is not that simple.” — Cameron Kiddy, valedictorian


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Jordan Douglas McRary, Leya Michale McVoy, Shane Jason Wayne Meeker, Mariam Mehrzad, Raevin Nicole MelendrezWood, Nixson Nain Mendoza, Courtney Danielle Merkle, Rachel Allison Michael, Wesley Carlton Michaux, Parker Graham Middleton, Chelsea Savannah Miller, Jacob Alan Miller, Kristina Marie Miller, Briana Rene Mills, Samantha Anne Mingloski, Grayson Steele Miskel, Shantal Gloria Mohammed, Jazmin Adriana Montaño Aguilar, Gina Maria Moogalian, Jeremy Daniel Coleman Moore, Emanuell Mejia Moran, Michael Christopher Moss, Savon Lee Mott, Shahbaz Qasim Mughal, Jorge André Muñoz Negrón, Madison Brooke Munson, Katherine Elizabeth Murphy, Colin David Neal, Jeremiah Emmanuel Neal, Matthew McCullean Neathery, Jeryley Neri Martinez, Robert Doyle Nixon Jr., Moriah Lucretia Wright Nkosi, Michael Ross Noel, Brittany Anne Nolin, John Edward O’Connell IV, Carolina Olivas, Shannon MacKenzie O’Neill, Belina Ryouna Onomake, Amanda Gray Outlaw, Rodney Maurice Pack, Sonia Anais Parra, Allison Kaitlyn Partin, Bethany Gates Paszkiewicz, Trent Alexander Patton, Janik Paule, Adeline Elizabeth Pawlick, Kimberly Megan Pawlick, Alayna VaChétte Pemberton, Arianne Saint-Claire Pemberton, Karina Marie

Peralta, Jocelyn Perez, Morganne Vicki Perez, Cody William Perry, James Richard Peters, Jalyn Nicole Peterson, Joseph Wryan Petree, Spencer Nelson Phillips, Sasha Renea Renéa Lynn Pierce, Lauryn Elizabeth Piner, Lauren Anne Pollard, Morgan Lee Porter, Lauryn Ashley Pulliam, Samantha Nichole Quada, Alexandra Taylor Rackley, Johnathan Ramirez, Selena Iveth Ramos, Paris La’tashia Rashada, Kristin Renee Reason, Leigh-Anna Marie Reents, Curtis Brooks Reiber, Marquel Jacorey Reid, Daniel Le Reid Jr., Brandon Thomas Reilly, Christopher Patrick Reilly, Vonteja Michelle Revish, Gelsson Austin Reyes, Zachary Louden Reyes, Taylor Nicole Reynolds, Zachary James Rhodes, Kelly Anne Moroney Richards, Anthony Wayne Richardson Jr. Nicholas Eric Rissmeyer, Jackson Dale Roberts, Joshua Armani Robertson, Kiera Elizabeth Robinson, Jordan McKenzie Rodgers, Lindsay DeAnne Rodgers, Bryan José Rodriguez-Flores, Jamari Larenz Rollins, Andrés Luisen Rosa Fernández, Ashley Nicole Rose, Christopher Collin Rudd, Erick Charles Sadler, Taylor Ann Sadler, Kasey Alexandra Samuel, Ryan Matthew Samuel, Imelda Patricia Sanchez, Matthew Ryan Saunders, Helena Jane Schanz, Neil Finton Schindel, Rachel Anne Schrader, Nicholas Alexander Schuchart, Sarah Samantha Scott, Erica Monique Seaborne, Jeremiah

Sellers, Laikyn Nicole Severson, Rachel Reynolds Shaver, Morgan Elizabeth Sherrill, Mackenzie Rae Shornak, Stephon Justice Simmons-Harwell, Amanda Rose Slate, Brent Angelo Smith, Caleb Anthony Smith, Grayson Matthew Smith, Marliqua LaQueen Smith, Sarah Marie Smith, Samantha Morgan Sneed, Christian Louis Solis-Shepperson, Sabrina Marie Solomon, Rachel Elizabeth Sorrells, Samuel Vincent Spaulding, James Briton Spriggs, Leonard James Squire, Marissa Lee Ann St. John, Darrell Lee Stacy, Brandon David Starr, Michelle Adele Abigail Stephenson, Kayla Moneé Stewart, Christine Jane Stillwell, Robert Freeman Stinnett Jr., Brittny Ann Stowers, Eric Nathan Strohecker, Marciano Sabatino Sturgeon, Mariah Dale Sullivan, Kathryn Marie Sweeney, Heather Maria Switzer, Kioko Takiya Tate-Harris, Theodore Harold Taylor III, Bobby James Terry III, Chanese Nicole Micheala Thomas, Gabrielle Jordan Thomas, Heather Nicole Thomas, Joshua Paul Thomas, Aaron Lee Thompson, Jevonnique Yasmine Thompson, Tiffany Nicole Thompson, Timothy Wade Thoner Jr., Tiffany Faye Tinsley, Xavier Alexander Todd, Laura Elizabeth Tomlin, Gabriel Enrique Toro, Amanda Lauren Jean Toups, Kaitlyn Renee Traylor, Rosa Liliana Trejo, Hailey Elizabeth Triplett, Jessica Elizabeth Trotter, Carlo Gabriel Tua-

son, Jordan Alyssa Tuck, Zhanel Deja Tucker, Margaret Grace Tuite, Marcianna A’lise Turgeon, Jessica Louise Underwood, Russell James Vargo, Namri Noel Ibarra Vera, Lauren Elizabeth Vincent, Roxanne Noel Walker, Kavon Lee Waller, David Thomas Ward, Ashley Marie Warthan, Bilal Hakim Jahangir Washington, Michael Chazz Waters Crittenton, Mikayla Chelsea Waters Crittenton, Brandon Cecil Watson, Bryana Lakeya Watson, Makayla Kelsey Watts, Jennifer Sue Weeks, Anna Michelle Westerfield, Thomas James Wheeler, Raheem Rashun Whitaker, Conner Wayne White, Mariah Elizabeth White, DeAndre Elon Whitehurst, Rashad AntonioWhitfield, Melangll Hope Whittaker, Jade Jo Ann Wilcox, Alexis Simoné Williams, Brittany Renee Williams, Danielle Renee Williams, Zachery Clint Williams, April Tolinda Wilson, Wendi Belle Wilson, Emily Fawn Elaine Wilts, Nicole Paige Winegar, Shayla Moné Winston, Joshua Stuart Wolford, Harrison Grant Wood, Kaleigh Elizabeth Wood, Sharon Marie Woodard, Imani Annia Wooden, Jamal Carrington Woolridge, Taylor Blaine Wray, Jessica Helena Wright, Krista Elaine Wright, Kennedy Alexus Wyatt, Holly Michelle Yeary, Catherine Nicole Zachary, Linda Zheng, Nicole Grace Zimmerman. • Graduates’ names were compiled and submitted by Thomas Dale High School.


Principal Pamela Lumsden hands Samatha L. Barreras her diploma as Thomas Dale High School conducts commencement exercises at the Stuart C. Siegel Center at Students look for friends and family as Thomas Dale High School conducts commencement exercises at the Stuart C. Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Friday, June 7. M30

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A group of 71 seniors graduated from the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School For the Arts and Technology on Friday, June 14.


he Appomattox Regional Governor’s School For the Arts and Technology class of 2013 specially selected James Mulreany, a former sophomore English teacher at the school, to usher them off into the world with words of wisdom. His message sought to instill within them a drive for life. In his commencement address, Mulreany looked out at the faces of the first class he ever taught, and encouraged them to “live with resilience,

have a thick skin. Live with vision,” he said. “Allow your dreams to make your path.” A group of 71 seniors graduated from ARGS on the evening of Friday, June 14. The class of 2013 includes: Thomas Moore Altman, Taleah Angelique Anderson, Brooklynn Taylor Ash, Rahel Teruye Atalay, Shoumik Banerjee, Jack Tyler Berberette, Rachel Lynette Blackmer,

Hannah Rae Bracey, Abigail Hamner Bradford, Jordyn Taylore Bradford, Kyle Addison Brady, Michaela Anne McCafferty Britt, Paris Simone Brower, Timothy Love Brown, Ann Mason Bujakowski, Daniel James Collingwood Burke, India Veronica Burns, Mackenzie Michelle Busby, Bryna Bailee Butt, Rashella Briana Callahan, Kyshia Marie Chernesky, Kelsey Kathryn Cordrey, Alexus LaMara Davis, Ashia Giovonni-Starr Elder, Addie Christina Eliades, Evan

Michael Smithson Fisk, Emma Rose Follmer, Maya Nicole Ford, Adam Stegall Frederick, Michelle Lynsey Freeman, Kendra Tiara Garden, Delbert Jackson Garrett III, Taylor Lynn Gleason, Joyce Faye Graves, Victoria Caitlin Gray, Taylor Nicole Gunter, Riley Christopher Hall, Hollie MaryAlice Hammel, Joshuah Allen Hayes, Shakeal Dominque Hayes, Briana Elnora Hill, Jlynn Mkali Holland-Cecil, Zachary Caleb Jackson, Davis Cole Jeffrey, Please see ARGS, Page 33

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Alvonte’ Jerell Jiggetts, Alesha Marie Johnson, Brittany Lee Jones, Annella Farrell Holton Kaine, Charles Beldon McChesney, Caitlin Moira McCutcheon, Julia Elizabeth Meredith, Blake Tyler Mollnow, Bria Nicole Nivens, Terrence Iman Northington, Dominique Donshay Person, Max Aaron Pierce, Christopher James Poupore, Riane Eileen Reiss, Rust Maguire Scott, Petra Seraphina Shaffer-Gottschalk, Simek Larue Shropshire, Kristin Nicole Smith, Hannah Wicks Southall, Swandella Lashee Spragans, Kayla Marie Tilghman, Hoyle Wang, Khadijah Rede West-Bey, Colin Prescott White, Emma Magdalena Mary-Alice White, Mina Sadé Williams, Rivanna Page Youngpool. • Graduates’ names were submitted by the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School.

“Live with resilience, have a thick skin ... Allow your dreams to make your path.” — James Mulreany


Commencement speaker James Mulreany requested that students stand up and applaud their families for giving them courage and strength during their high school years. The Appomattox Regional Governor’s School commencement exercises for the class of 2013 was held on Friday, June 14, at the Petersburg school.


Former sophomore English teacher, James Mulreany, far left, was invited by the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School class of 2013 to give the commencement address. The Progress-Index, Petersburg, VA Sunday, June 30, 2013 PI_PROGINDEX/SPECIAL_SECTION/PAGES [M33] | 06/27/13





Taylor Gleason, member of the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School For the Arts and Technology class of 2013, speaks during the school’s commencement exercises, Friday, June 14. Gleason recognized the resilience and strength within her fellow classmates in the face of their studies and encouraged them all to continue in life with strength.


Hopewell High School’s JROTC Color Guard presents the colors during the high school’s graduation ceremony held Saturday, June 8, inside the gymnasium.



Graduates file onto the football field as Dinwiddie High School hosts commence- A Matoaca High School senior cheers as he enters the Stuart C. Siegel Center at ment exercises on Friday, June 14. Some 300 seniors walked across the stage to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Commencement exercises for Matoaca’s class of 2013 was held Saturday, June 8. receive their diplomas. M34

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Above: Superintendent Dr. Joseph Melvin addresses the class of 2013 at Petersburg High School’s graduation on June 8, inside the high school’s William Lawson Jr. Gymnasium. Right: Prince George High School seniors get ready for graduation in the high school auditorium on Saturday, June 8.




Graduates march to ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ as Thomas Dale High School con- Graduates cheer during commencement exercises for the Colonial Heights High School ducts commencement exercises at the Stuart C. Siegel Center at Virginia class of 2013, held Friday, June 14, at the high school’s football field. A group of 230 seniors received their diplomas. Commonwealth University in Richmond Friday, June 7. The Progress-Index, Petersburg, VA Sunday, June 30, 2013 PI_PROGINDEX/SPECIAL_SECTION/PAGES [M35] | 06/27/13




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