Naperville Central High School Class of 2022

Graduates in Class of 2022: 658

Graduation ceremony: Commemorative Program Friday, May 20, in the Naperville Central High School Gymnasium; Graduation Sunday, May 22, in the Naperville Central Memorial Stadium.

Graduation speakers:

• Commemorative: Ella Tucker, Jack Jasica and Aparna Ramakrishnan

• Commencement: Kathryn Dalton and William Tong

Class Officers: Claire Yung, president; Darby Elo, vice president; Elaina Malczewski, secretary; Nathan Lott, treasurer

Academic achievements:

• Two Presidential Scholars

• 16 National Merit Scholars

• Six students with perfect ACT scores

• One student with perfect SAT score

Extracurricular achievements:

• Academic Challenge: Evan Lui - State 1st place chemistry

• BPA: Seth Deegan - State 1st in his Computer Modeling event and 2nd in his C# Programming Event

• DECA: Mia Park - Apparel & Accessories Marketing Individual Series; Evan Liu, Alan Zhang & Kurtis Lee - Virtual Business Challenge; Steven Mander & Ryan Schwartz - Marketing Management Team Decision Making

• Journalism: Cameron Rozek - State Champion Newspaper Design

• Math Team: Kevin Cheng - State Champion

• Scholastic Bowl: Liam Crider & Cameron Rozek - 1st Place in Illinois for the National 3-2-1 Competition

• Skills USA: Adrian Tse - State Champion in Computer Programming; Ramy Alnass - State Champion in Automotive Service Technology

• Speech: Maryam Tariq - State Champion in Radio Speaking

Athletic achievements:

• DVC Conference Champion Teams: Boys Water Polo; Girls Track & Field; Boys Baseball

Theater productions:

• Fall Theater: "Trap" by Stephen Gregg

• Spring Theater: "Puffs" by Matt Cox

• Musical Production: Disney's "Beauty & The Beast"

Senior Class gift: Funding for several Redhawk murals in various school stairwells; funds to purchase and install water bottle filling station in weight room; KidsMatter Toy Drive; Legacy bricks with the names of each senior student

What challenges did the Class of 2022 face as they returned to in-person school full time, and how did they overcome them: Waking up, getting ready, and reporting to school Monday-Friday for seven classes that begin at 7:45 a.m. was an adjustment and challenge after a school year that was mostly remote. A new bell schedule was also implemented at the semester break that required students to adjust and adapt to something different on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the second semester of their final year. They faced these challenges by focusing on what was within their control - their attitudes and mindsets. They consistently showed up and demonstrated the effort, cooperation, collaboration, and willingness to do whatever was necessary to succeed.

Principal's reflections on the Class of 2022: The Class of 2022 is filled with incredible students who have the potential to make the world a better place. This class of approximately 650 students includes a wide range of personalities and unique perspectives.

This is my final year as principal at Naperville Central, and I have enjoyed spending it with these seniors and will enjoy celebrating commencement - a new beginning when we leave NCHS.

- Principal William Wiesbrook

  Naperville Central's Sarah McCracken gets between Metea Valley's Jordan Lange, left, and Addison Wargo in a girls soccer game May 10. John Starks/
  Amy Coley shakes hands after receiving her diploma during the Naperville Central High School graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 22. Rick West/
  Anusha Kumar delivers a speech during the Naperville Central High School graduation ceremony on May 22. Rick West/
Naperville Central High School. Daily Herald File Photo
Naperville Central's James Jopes looks to score over DeKalb's Demarrea Davis during their game Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at DeKalb High School. Mark Busch/Shaw Media
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