Waubonsie Valley High School
Class of 2020
  • Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora.

    Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora. Daily Herald File Photo

  • Waubonsie Valley High School 2020 graduation sign in Aurora.

      Waubonsie Valley High School 2020 graduation sign in Aurora. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Ashley Heidenrich of Waubonsie Valley Saturday during the St. Charles East cross country invite at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles.

      Ashley Heidenrich of Waubonsie Valley Saturday during the St. Charles East cross country invite at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley's Aayush Deshpande swims in the 100-yard butterfly at the IHSA state boys swimming final in Evanston.

      Waubonsie Valley's Aayush Deshpande swims in the 100-yard butterfly at the IHSA state boys swimming final in Evanston. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley's Lucas Conrads competes in the 200-yard freestyle at the IHSA state boys swimming preliminaries.

      Waubonsie Valley's Lucas Conrads competes in the 200-yard freestyle at the IHSA state boys swimming preliminaries. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley's Brian Knothe swims the breaststroke in his leg of the 200-yard medley relay of the DuPage Valley Conference boys swimming and diving meet.

      Waubonsie Valley's Brian Knothe swims the breaststroke in his leg of the 200-yard medley relay of the DuPage Valley Conference boys swimming and diving meet. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley faithful and players get revved up as the Warriors build a first-quarter lead in a game against Naperville Central.

    Waubonsie Valley faithful and players get revved up as the Warriors build a first-quarter lead in a game against Naperville Central. Daily Herald File Photo

  • Waubonsie Valley High School dancers perform in the Class 3A finals of IHSA Competitive Dance.

      Waubonsie Valley High School dancers perform in the Class 3A finals of IHSA Competitive Dance. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Waubonsie Valley guard/forward Marcus Skeete (23) celebrates with his teammates after the team won the 20th annual Hinkle Holiday Classic championship with teammates.

    Waubonsie Valley guard/forward Marcus Skeete (23) celebrates with his teammates after the team won the 20th annual Hinkle Holiday Classic championship with teammates. Daryl Quitalig for Shaw Media

 
Updated 6/19/2020 6:55 AM

Graduates in Class of 2020: 655

National Merit Finalists: Ainsley Ahmadian, Ellen Aucoin, Emma Bridgeman, Nyah Bruce, Ashley Heidenrich, Rohan Iyer, Uma Kothuri, Makenzie Mann, Mohini Shanker and Kaitlin Skurnak

 

Graduation speakers: Marisella Arianna Ortiz-Kidd, reflection speaker; Makenzie Mann, farewell speaker.

Executive Board Student Council: Quincy Stotlar, president; Niveda Jeykrishnan, vice president; Ellen Aucoin, secretary.

Senior Class Officers: Ellen Aucoin, president; Anna Ho, vice president.

Academic achievements: Ashley Heidenrich graduating with the highest GPA in the history of Waubonsie Valley High School; Arnav Prashant Lande named U.S. Presidential Scholar.

Notable athletic achievements:

• DVC Champions: Girls Volleyball and Boys Golf.

• IHSA Regional Champions: Girls Volleyball.

• Boys Cross Country, 13th in state.

• Boys Swimming, fifth in state as a team, sixth in 200 medley relay and sixth in 400 free relay.

• Cheerleading and Dance, state qualifiers.

• Individual: Ashley Heidenrich (Girls Cross Country) 11th in state; Aayush Deshpande (Boys Swimming) second in state in 200 IM and third in state in 100 Butterfly; Lucas Conrad (Boys Swimming) fifth in state in 500 free and 10th in 200 free; Brian Knothe (Boys Swimming) fourth in 100 breaststroke.

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Theater productions: "Murders in the Heir" and "The Rabbit Hole."

Senior class gift: Funds to create Blended Learning/Collaborative Learning Spaces in the building.

Homecoming King and Queen: Rohan Harpalani and Kayla Hess.

Homecoming Theme: When In Rome

Notable visitors: Jeremiah Harris, Class of 2014, from the Netflix series "Cheer"; opera singer Tamara Wilson.

Principal's reflections on the Class of 2020: To the Class of 2020, perhaps one of the greatest lessons you can learn is that of perseverance and adaptability. Some of you have had to figure this out sooner, before this pandemic hit. You may have experienced a life-altering situation in which you have grown from. For you, this is another challenge that you will overcome. To others, grasp this moment. Seize this experience for what it is and do not allow it to own you, but rather own it by strengthening yourself and continuing to grow.

-- Principal Jason Stipp

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