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Groton - Men in black, ladies in red. It was neither a hit movie nor a love song. It was a procession of more than 300 students that took to the stage Friday night to receive their diplomas at the 82nd commencement ceremony at Robert E. Fitch High School.
Jordan Battle was among dozens of seniors who kept a cellphone close at hand to keep track of family and friends as the group waited to march into Hagerty Auditorium, where the ceremony was held. The threat of bad weather dashed plans to hold commencement on the football field.
Battle plans to keep his landscaping job on Fishers Island at least long enough to pay for his car and then to enter a nursing program at Three Rivers Community College.
Davon Cole, 18, was as excited about the aftermath of the graduation as he was about the ceremony.
"Let's go," he shouted, unable to contain himself. "I've got things to do."
There was a family barbecue planned for later in the evening.
"I'm not nervous. I'm ready for this," Cole said.
Ben Dinovelli got mail. Valedictorian Randall Fitzmorris ran down the line and handed Dinovelli a postmarked envelope.
"I don't know what it is. It's a surprise to me," Dinovelli said, before pulling a stack of papers from the already opened package. "Oh, it's the scores from our last debate team match."
Dinovelli, who will attend Princeton University in the fall and aspires to work as a lawyer and politician, took a minute to reflect on the evening.
"It's still sort of weird to think high school is over. I guess I am pretty excited," he said.
Fitzmorris addressed friends and family during the ceremony, calling his time at Fitch "an awesome four years."
"What other school offers camping on the football field, a full day off from school and a two week vacation before graduation?" he said. Classes ended June 15, and some seniors were finished a few days earlier.
"But then again," Fitzmorris said, "how many schools are one of Newsweek's Top Schools in America, have a Martin Luther King Scholarship winner, or their own weatherman? The accomplishments here are endless."
Elismary Acevedo-Suarez, Anthony Thomas Ah-mu, Erika Brianna Ahern, Ryley James Alger-Hempstead, Jay Ramos Alvaran, Chasity Monet Amar-Hill, Jamel Maurice Annibalini-Winston, Daphnee Appolon, Emil Meincke Arentoft Kelsey Paige Armstrong, Miguel Asuncion, Oliver Frederick Auerbach, Anthony James Avery, Derrik James Baldoz, William Frederick Barclay, Joel Drew Barker, Matthew John Barreira, Bijou Abena Bedjrah, Melissa Nicole Beglau
Collin Thomas Bennett, Ashley Lanea' Benoit, Kelsey Rae Berry, Ashley Kristen Bocan, Jayesh Bharat Bokhiria, Bianca Marie Abrenica Bolado, Julia Lauren Bondy, Nicolas Charles Bonnassieux, Elizabeth Anne Brayman, Emily Catharine Braymiller, Catarina Ann Broccoli, Benjamin Shay Brochu, Erik Christopher Brown, Maura Sierra Brown, Marissa Cayla Buckley, Allison Holly Burke, Merisha Ryan Burton, Yahveh Noel Calderon, Ralph Cassino III, Phoenix Annika Castilla, Daron Keith Chandler II.
Ryan Ant Chanthavong, Samuel Clyde Chapple, Katherine Ann Chirillo, Dominique Elise Chojnowski, Vallerie Chosson, Amanda Starr Clarke, Jacob David Clarke, Hagen Lee Cobb, Davon Schquer Cole, Katie Majella Cole, John David Coleman, Amanda Elisabeth Collins, Johnathan Joseph Conley, Haley Danielle Cooper, Adam David Corallino, Steven Ashley Cornish, J Sweeney Correira, Olivia Dean Cortese, Christopher David Corum-Giles, Rafael Crisostomo, Benjamin Johnathan Darius, Jazmyne Marie Davis, Alyssa Elizabeth Delaporta, Courtney Renée Delaura.
Drew William Denno, Aunisha Renay Dillon, Benjamin James Dinovelli, Caitlyn Marie Dollard, Michael Arms Donnel, Jasmine China Dougherty, Conor David Doyle, Cameron John Duffy, Samuel Abraham Dunay, Zachary Scott Dunn, Aileene Sanchez Duyan, Jennylyn Salva Duyan, Hunter Storm Edwards, Sarah Anne Ellery, Tashara Alexis Elliott, Timothy Warren Entwistle, Luissy Mariel Estrella, Emili Shayne Evans, Aya Faraj, Katherine Elizabeth Farnsworth, Olivia Anne Farrington, Stephanie Lauren Filosa, Ryan Patrick Finton, Randall Douglas.
Fitzmorris, Madison May Fortner, Corey Michael Fournier, Felicia Marie Francalangia, Ryan Michael Frank, Dashawn Cee Frederick, Destiny Chanice Frederick, Skylar Avrum Fried, Johnathan James Furlong, Robert Adrian Furlotte, Aaron Marc Gale, Mico Lance Alla Gamboa, Christopher Michael Garney, Hannah Mercedes Garvey, Matthew James Gentry, Elaisha Robin Gibson, Mason David Glass, Iliana Odalys Gonzalez, Sabrina Naydine Graf, Chad Jamal Graham, Nicholas John Graning, Joseph Thomas Grant.
Nicholas Ryan Grant, Nicholas Jacob Greer, Shelby Lynn Gregson, Genesis Ivette Guzman Martinez, Stephanie Cara Hahn, Joan Susan Haling, David Andrew Hall, Ryan Cole Halperin, Michael Alan Hammond, Michael Han, Christopher Michael Hardy-Roleson, Renee Yun-Ling Harms, Emily Janelle Harper, Caleb Eugene Harris, Justin Robert Hartfiel, Julio Francisco Havrilla, Anna Katrine Hermann, Amy Lynn Hernandez, Lorenzo Billy Hernandez, Alison Lorraine Herod, Gregory Peter Hnat, Garrett Everett Hodgdon, Andre Pierre Brian Hodge, Eric Malcolm Hughes, Jacob Matthew Jimenez, Al Jordan Johnson, Andrew Charles Johnson, Kiara Elisa Johnson, William Allen Johnson Jr., Luka Jovanovic, Caitlyn Elizabeth Joyner, James Daniel Kelly, Katelyn Rose Kelly, Tiffany Michelle Kernen.
Kyle Paul Kerr, Rachel Marie Lastes, Lauren Anthony Leal, Brandy Arden LeClair, Ty Grant LeVarge, Taylor Marie Lewerk, Alyssa Lynn Lewis, Andrew Harrison Lewis, Matthew Thomas Lewis, Jackson Aric Lindy, Chloe Grace Liston, Marissa Nykole Little, Courtney Jane Littlewood, Jacqueline Mariah Lockett, Miguel Angel Lopez Jr., Alexandra Faith Lublin, Michael Paul Lussier, Khristina Darlene Malloy, Craig Barcinas Manahan, Cheyenne Nicole Manchester, Emily Elizabeth Mansfield, Bayan Mahmoud Mansour, Daniel Martin, Tyler Guy Martin, Bryan Keith Mattison, Jordan Patrick McCoy, Ashlea Nicole McDonald.
Julia Meghan McKenna, Kyle Lock McLeod, Shelton An'dre McNair, Emily Sara McNeese, Jason Luis Melendez, Raylin Mena Nunez, Jonathan Douglas Mencer, Grayson Reeves Merriman, Jacob Daniel Merrow, Lindsey Elizabeth Merrow, Jonathan David Mewha, Dorothy Renee Miller, Mitchell Haberman Miller, Leyanna Vilan Minnis, Rebecca Ann Morrell, Eli Benjamin Morton, Roger Andre Nadeau, Shawn Albert Nadeau, Zachary Alexander Nado, Kevin Nicolas, Andrew Nirandone, Marco Antonio Nival, Elizabeth Grace Nolan, Lindsey Morgan Nolan, Alison Elaine Nowak, Seamus Jeremiah O'Brien III, Fiona Aibhlin O'Donnell, Kristhyne Gisselle Ochoa, Alexander Thomas Olendorf, Elizabeth Anne Osborn, Jordan Marie Otero.
Gareth Justin Pacis, Jessica Marie Paige, Deep Bhupendra Patel, Niral Vasant Patel, Vishal Rajendra Patel, Christopher Alexander Paulk, Olivia Sage Pentell, Nicholas Philip Perrotta, Mackenzie Joelle Peterson, Michael Isaih Phillips, Paige Raven Phillips, Olivia Bailey Patton Pierson, James Edward Pilc, Robert Joseph Pinder, Tia Marie Pires, Charles Joseph Pollard, Sarah Elizabeth Pruitt, Aidan James Quinn, Cole Andrew Quinn, Torin Mannion Quinn, Renato Glen Ramos, Liddell Lawrance Reese, Harrison Kennedy Reichard, Rebecca Michelle Reinhard, MariAnne Lynne Rice, Jacob Wilson Riley, Melanie Ann Roddy, Charles Michael Rogers, Sydney Renee Roper, Mackenzie Erin Sagun.
Muge Sahin, Nishant Sahoo, Kelsie Irene Sampson, Taylor Nicole Samuel, Jeremy Daniel Santerre, Chylene-Tiara Pauline Santiago, Karla Isabel Santos Polanco, Tulsa Joseph Scott, Stefani Chadell Segura, Jennifer Mayra Sereno, Rina Nayan Shah, Thomas Shaw, Aidan William Shine, Stephanie Caroline Shirvell, Caitlin Marie Shroyer, Rytis Sidabras, Michael Lauriano Sineiro, Douglas William Singer, Chadwick Ashton Sior, Anthony Abandula Sisson, Christopher Robert Small, Kieron Lee Smith, Nicholas Tyler Smith.
Ellen Elizabeth Springsteel, Rebecca Ann Stark, Brooke Elaine Startz, Evan Thomas Steel, Marissa Joy Steel, Matthew Robert Stevens, Erica Lauren Strickland, Toria Rose Strickland, Sierra Kianna Elaine Strong, Colin Frank Strunk, Zachary Daniel Sullivan, Christopher Allen Summers, Samuel Sanford Sutton, Charlene Desiree Swink, Madelyn Rose TaylorAdam John Teixeira, Christopher Leon Thomas, Krista Nicole Thompson, LaShawna Gaye Thompson, Bridget Elizabeth Thomson.
Ryan Craig Thornton, Hanniza Tolentino, Maria Kristine Tompkins, Kaishia Clarisse Torres, Jordan David Turner, Kristin Dayna Valdez, James Stewart Wallace, Jennifer Renee Walsh, Samuel Harry Watson, Johnathan Thomas Weber, Zoe Weisse-Newall, Jacob Peter Westervelt, Richard Ellis Westhaver, Unique Marie Wetherby, Cody Matthew Wheeler, Joshua Dennis Whitney, BethAnn Renee Willis, Zachary Tyler Wolfgang, James Lashawn Wright, Zoe Katherine Yopp, Brandyn James Young, Charles Douglas Young, Meredith Weber Zamzes, Benny Zheng, Elizabeth Anne Zierenberg.
Robert E. Fitch High School Adult Education Class of 2012
Steven Adorno, Roberto Aguirre Jr., Estefano Alejandro Anguita, Danielle Nicole Bader, Jocelyn Kay Barton, Jordan T. Battle, Samantha Sayward Beebe, Keith G. Betancourt, Kaley Nicole Campbell, Shelby Lynn Chiangi, Willie James Cooper, Treasure Anysa Coram, Janiela Thalia Cruz, Jazmyne Marie Davis, Alyssa Leigh Gilcrease, Rademes Gilot-Torres, Shadae Sik-Kim Henderson, Nina Jasmine Hernandez, Efrain Jose Hernandez, Samantha Rose Keith, Cynthia Linae Lopez.
Megan Maureen Luketich, Sunny Brook Martin, Madeline Doryann Mateo Colon, Stuart J. McClure, Ashley Christine Moreland, Morgan Christine Nixon, Jessica Lynn Oddo, Casey C. Oliver, Hayley M. Paolara, Kyle Edgar Reeds, Peter Reyes, Marc Anthony Rios, Ryan Matthew Rollinson, Dominique Nika Rosa, Jenna Morgan Rosario, Samantha Marie Ruma, Taylor Michelle Schneider, Chelsea Elizabeth Smith, Jordan James Smith, Jose Fernando Sosa, Sarah Marie Watts,, Cassie Lynn Wheeler, Jarrod Anthony Wilkinson, Kyle Wright.