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Class of 2019 Earns $88.5 Mil in Scholarships

Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) held commencement ceremonies for all five high schools on Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11 at ODU’s Ted Constant Convocation Center.  Graduating seniors, families, and faculty, anxiously gathered as they prepared to mark this significant milestone in each student’s life.  The speeches from the valedictorians and salutatorians were at times as funny and poetic as they were inspirational and tear-jerking.  While all had very different approaches, the recurring theme was that the experiences gained at NPS have prepared them to go out into the world and change it! The grand total of scholarships earned from the class of 2019 stands at $88,538,989 mil.    

This year’s graduations were especially momentous, since Superintendent, Dr. Melinda Boone will complete her fourth and final school year with the district on July 5, 2019.  “This is always one of my favorite times of the year; I am so inspired seeing the next generation of graduates move on to their next chapter.  I love the fact that another group of my babies, are now high school graduates,” said Boone. “The School Board is exceptionally proud of the hard work and dedication these students have demonstrated over their academic career,” stated School Board Chair, Dr. Noelle Gabrielle.  “We fully believe that these students are not only ready for college, career and service, but they are prepared to be exemplary citizens in a global society.” 

Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Booker T. Washington High – $7,384,381*

Armani Jack (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Jaelin Mitchell (George Mason University)


Granby High – $20,461,080*

Alexandra Seemar (Brown University)

Gabrielle Richardson (University of Virginia)


Lake Taylor High – 12,241,050*

Relena Turner (William & Mary)

Adrianna Olvera-Mendoza (VA Tech.)


Maury High – $24,782,069*

Oliver Siegfried (Pamona College)

Maria Luzaran (Washington Lee University)


Norview High –  $23,670,409*

Marciana Castillo (VA Tech.)

Kahmile Whitby (Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Gates Scholar)


*Denotes scholarship totals.