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On a clear and cool evening at Lobo Stadium, the Class of 2016 donned cap and gown to celebrate their graduation from Longview High School... and begin the first day of the rest of their lives.

Class of 2016: "WE MADE IT!"

Fri May 20, 2016
Class of 2016 valedictorian Stephen Jayakar recalled fond memories of how far the class had come since their elementary days, and reminded them of the importance of understanding from where one comes to better understand where one needs to go.

"Longview High School serves as a place of opportunity, provided you're willing to put in the effort and gumption," he said. "I cannot thank (Longview ISD) enough for the opportunities it has provided us."

"I love you guys, it's been a great four years, and we made it!" he added.

LHS salutatorian Trevor O'Connor urged his classmates to not rest upon their laurels having graduated from high school, but to continue to grow and to learn.

"Strive, reach, excel," he said. "At this age, we have a lot to say, but it's also important to remember to listen, listen to all the wise advice from your teachers, parents, and all those who walked the path before you."

"The education you receive in life does not just come from books, but from every single person you encounter," he said.

Senior Class President Uwa Ihionkhan gave the opening benediction, and shared an impassioned and light-hearted exhortation to her peers.

"Little did we know that we haven't been looking forward to the end of these four years of high school, but the beginning of the rest of our lives," she said.

With some offers still pending, scholarships total $7,659,427 for 102 seniors. The total is currently up $1,461,260 from last year, boosted considerably by the $2,215,000 total offers for twin sisters Robyn and Alyson Roper to attend military academies after graduation.

The Top 2 percent of the Class of 2016 includes (in alphabetical order) Addison Holcomb, Benjamin Monsour, Truman Thompson, Tony Wang, Jordan Wright,and Krisana Yuen.

Top 10 percent graduates include Emily Araiza, Kierra Batiste, VaLynnsia Bodie, Seema Brimmer, Sabrina Campbell, P.J. DeJong, Conrad Deller, Soumya Donty, Briana Duffield, Ross Duvall, Tiffany Faber, Ross Fisher, Natalia Gasic, Rachel Grant, Sarah Henderson, Salvador Hernandez, Addison Holcomb, Uwa Ihionkhan, Lauralee Jackson, Kyleigh Johnston, Sidd Kortikere, Daniel Martin, Olivia McDonald, Meredith Novy, Nik Olson, Alyson Roper, Robyn Roper, Caroline Ruff, Jessica Soltau, Madison Stahl, Chelsey Templeton, Albert Van Zyl, Andrew Vo, Miranda Welborn, and Madison Woodard.

The rest of the Class of 2016: Everette Abston, Abraham Acevedo, D'Marcus Acles, Velia Adame, Kaitlyn Adams, Daniel Adkins, Emily Aguilar, Rene Aguilar, Celina Aguirre, Mary Alayo, Shadarria Alexander, Darrian Allen, LaStarsha Allen, Trevor Allison, Esteban Alvarado Bermudez, Isidro Alvarez, Antwone Anthony, Braylynn Anthony, Dedric Armstrong, Luke Armstrong, Armando Arroyo, Jarren Austin, Robert Babbitt, Jaleah Bailey, Zoe Bailey, Dazmon Baker, La'Chyance Baker, Jummon Barkins, Israel Barrios, Karen Barrios, Daniel Barron, Veronica Barron, Kelvin Barton, Luis Bautista, Francisco Benitez, Isabel Benitez, Dalton Bennett, Helen Bennett, Jose Bermejo Leon, Tiffany Bernal, Thais Berumen, Kierra Black, Alexa Blair, Jakari Blakemore, Kelan Blanton, Jada Blue, Justin Bowman, Carla Boyce, Kalen Bradford, Courtney Bradley, Rashard Bradley, Christopher Braggs, Harleigh Brinkman, Yesenia Briseño, Destiny Brooks, Francisca Brooks, Maliek Brooks, Lawvenna Brookshire, Deambria Brown, Elijah Brown, Tyler Buchanan-Anderson, Kaleb Bush, Carlos Butler, Alexis Butron, Oscar Cabrera, Briseida Cadenas, Eileen Callejas, Cathryn Campbell, Ashley Caraway, Cristian Cardenas, Elijah Carey, Briana Carr, Tatiana Carrillo, Dylan Carruthers, David Castillo, Jazmyne Castillo, Jose Castillo, Valeria Castillo, Carlos Cerna, Corneasia Chance, Laneasia Chance, Salvador Chavarria, Timothy Clay, Travian Clayborn, KiAmbria Clough, Denishia Coats, Alexis Coby, Brandon Coby, Ta'Mar Coby, Mercedes Cole, Ronnie Collier, Diamond Cooks, Jamelle Cooks, Lakeithelon Cooks, Jeremy Cooper, Kristopher Cooper, Melanie Cornejo, Joel Corona, Gustavo Corrales, Jamarcus Coyle, Catalina Crawford, Zo'E Crayton, Jennifer Cruz, Victoria Cruz, Lance Daniel, Sukoyya Darden, Shai Davenport, Bryson Davis, Jordan Davis, Maci Davis, Mon'Trayvia Davis, R L Davis, Shannon Davis, Susel De La Paz, Ameron Dean, Daniela Diaz, Christopher Dixon, Malakia Dixon, Alyia Doktor, Matthew Dossey, Raven Dotrey, Dallas Duncan, Kelsey Dunn, LaCarya Dyer, Jordan Ellis, Kenya Else, Ambrosia Espinoza, Jessica Espinoza, MaRorri Espy, Isabel Estrada, Kevin Estrada, Keontra Everitt, Ke'Meaysh Evers, Cristina Fajardo, Macy Fidler, Alexis Fields, Reed Fisher, Ivyana Fletcher, Garrett Flowers, Glenn Flowers, Mykayla Fontaine, Armando Frayre, Jacob Frith, John Garcia, Celine Gauna, Bryan Gilliland, Zachary Gipson, Estrella Gonzales, Agustin Gonzalez, Alvaro Gonzalez, Michel Gonzalez, Daniel Gonzalez Romero, Devon Gordon, Autumn Gorton, Aisja Gray, Kierra Green, Nothenia Greer, Marcus Guerrero, Neila Guerrero, Austin Gutierrez, Megan Hall, Shaquantala Hall, Sean Hamm, Alexandria Hansley, Cannen Hanzik, Daylon Harris, Michael Harris, Tenia Harris, David Hawkins, Roniya Haynes, Hunter Head, Jayden Heath, Dorketa Henderson, Lakendra Henderson, Tyler Henderson, Charles Henry, Andrea Hernandez, Jocelyn Hernandez, Juan Hernandez, Wendy Hernandez, Gerardo Hernandez Gutierrez, Emmalee Hightower, Jenna Lee Hightower, Amber Hodge, Keyarro Hollins, Ebony Horton, Isaiah Howard, Dy'Ahvian Hubbard, Kaitlyn Hufstetler, Christopher Hunter, Chantrel Hutchings, Yosef Ibitayo, De'Keithan Ingram, Jalan Jackson, Kiana Jackson, La'Joyra Jackson, Ailyn Jacques, Cody Jenkins, Ashton Jessie, Michael Jimenez, Akiva Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, Briona Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Megan Johnson, Monica Johnson, Sha'Ronda Johnson, Thavia Johnson, Gerrica Jones, JaCorian Jones, Madeline Jones, Mikayla Jones, Odyssey Jones, Tieshonna Jones, Julie Kambali, Allison Kauffman, Margaret Kelly, India King, Mitchell King, Naikita King, Akiva Knighton, Robert Laferney, Israel Landaverde, Maria Landaverde, Treveon Lanier, Chaunah Leatch, Aaren Lemons, Keiran Leroy, Martaevion Lewis, Tyreick Lewis, Javori Lilly, Joshua Lister, Xavier Lockridge, Jordan London, Shamar London, Ayleeya Loneman, Nathan Long, Brian Lopez, Kodeh Loyd, Jenna Luensmann, Gaylen Lyons, Keenan Madden, Zmiyah Madden, Taylor Maddix, Margarita Madrid, Samuel Manns, Jose Marquez, Kissoulia Marshall, Shannon Martin, Andrea Martinez, Carmen Martinez, Shay Massey, Kaylynn McCasland, Joshua McCool, Arnasia McDaniel, Andrues McEntire, Tara McGhee, Marlaina McKee, Bobby Medina, Jessica Medina, Edith Mendez, Guadalupe Mendez, Alexis Mendoza-Robinson, Da'tron Menefee, Malaysia Mestas, Prince Mesura-el, Graycen Midler-Cline, Joshua Miles, Tylan Miller, Devin Mims, Kenneth Mims, Shaquitta Mims, Brandon Mitchell, Kailey Mitchell, Stephfonique Mitchell, Megan Monreal, Giovanni Monsivais, Allison Monthie-Kemp, Madison Montoya, Cara Moody, Anthony Moon, Austin Moore, Clarence Moore, Ecstasy Moore, Quiarah Moore, Samuel Moreno, Jade Morris R TSM, J'Kalon Morris-Carroll, Tasha Neal, Brianna Neal, Tasha Neal, Darien Neely, Stacy Nelson, Anthony Newhouse, Jayla Nix, Sabion Noble, Melissa Noe, Jada Norton, Mercedes Nunley, Cruz Olivares, Arely Olivas, Ruby Olivas, Lesli Ontiveros, Paola Orona, Jariksy Otero, Jose Padilla, Jasmine Paley, Fabiola Pañameno, Karmen Partner, Landon Peeler, David Pena, Jeremias Peralta, Adrian Perez, Luciano Perez, Gabriela Perez-Hunt, Keyana Pickron, Ki'Ambria Pierce, Dqorhyenne Pippins, Heather Pointer, Marcus Polk, Monica Porras, Karla Portillo, Tristian Poss, Nyelan Powell, Welby Powell, Kiambershae Price, Brycelon Pruitt, Delia Quick, Heather Quinalty, Elizabeth Rabadan, Isabela Ramirez, Ruby Ramos, Jose Ramos, Tristan Ramsey, Tekia Randall, Daylon Rayson, Alyssa Recendiz, Jaylon Reese, Samuel Reese, Beau Reinhart, Juan Resendiz, Frida Reyes, Jorge Reyes, Luis Reyes-Resendiz, Déja Richardson, Meosha Richardson, Naidelyn Rivas, TéAzjah Robertson, Lila Robinett, Clifton Robinson, Jalisia Robinson, Toby Robison, Antonia Rocha, Daniel Rodriguez, Jose Rodriguez, Leonardo Rodriguez, Liandra Rodriguez, Raul Rodriguez, Joyradyn Rollins, Keara Roquemore, Michael Ross, Claudia Rubio, Domonique Rugley, Jesús Ruiz, Josue Ruiz, Grace Russell, Adam Sanchez, Daniel Sanchez, German Sanchez, Jenna Sanchez, Liliana Sanchez, Jennifer Santiago, Nickolas Sarmiento, Leslie Saucedo, Zurisaday Saucedo Olivo, Ahliyah Saunders, Aaron Scoggins, Jaylon Seastrunk, Jolie Sellers, Imonte Shaw, Kianna Shead, Benjamin Shelton, Kybrin Sheridan, Kaniya Sherow, C'Dedrick Sherrow, Danielle Shillow, Blake Simmons, Devonte Smith, Eric Smith, Tommy Smith, Johnathan Sneed, Reymundo Solis Barrios, Jonathan Sorey, Josue Soria, Carolina Soto, Jose Soto Rodriguez, Dillon Sparks, Roberta Spencer, Robin Spencer, Caleb Stalnaker, Stephen Stanford, Tre'Shawn Stansell, Kristi Stevens, Tannon Stevenson, Ben Stoddard, Lamante Talbert, Shamiya Tatum, Keith Tave, Aaliyah Taylor, Bra'Keya Taylor, Brenda Taylor, Eric Taylor, Rosemary Taylor, Dylan Thigpen, Aiyana Thomas, Dezaray Thomas, Michael Thompson, Caitlynn Todd, Lamarcus Todd, Angel Torres, Jasmine Torres, Raquel Torres, Valeria Trujillo, Kyler Turner, Tiffany Turner, Treseme Turner, Eduardo Vaca, José Vazquez, Destinee Venters, Corina Villa, Dale Wallace, Andrew Washington, Dequayveon Watkins, Victoria Weaver, ShaiMarii Webster, Chase Wells, Briana Wheat, Kent Whinnery, Christopher Wiley, Angel Williams, Gerrick Williams, Justin Williams, Kemaya Williams, LeDarius Williams, Mackhary Williams, Mercedes Williams, Nathaniel Williams, Phillip Williams, Josiah Willis, Chelsea Wilson, Eric Wilson, LaReyna Wilson, Cyan Winn, Justin Wood, William Woods, De'Waylon Woolridge, Amber Worley, Jordan Wyatt, Ayana Young, Giovanni Zermeno, and Ivan Zuniga.