Golden Gate grads shine
They shine – the class of 2009.
For 300-plus Golden Gate High School seniors, nothing could outshine Friday evening as they received their diplomas.
“This day belongs to you. You are all winners here tonight,” Collier County School Board Chairwoman Pat Carroll told the graduates. “May you be blessed in everything you do.”
The students entered the gymnasium at Golden Gate High School to thunderous applause and cheering. The room only got louder as the evening went on and each student crossed the stage to accept his or her diploma.
“The past 12 years have been the beginning,” said salutatorian Tyler Whitney. “Remember the people sitting next to you. While not all of us started in the same place, we are all achieving the same victory today.”
Principal Jose Hernandez started his address to the graduates with the obvious.
“You know we love you and we will miss you,” he said.
He asked the seniors to make good choices and remember how they got to graduation night in the first place — by believing in themselves.
“Never take a back seat to anyone,” he said. “Remember, it is not who you are that holds you back, but who you think you are.”
He told the students to dare to dream and dare to believe they could achieve greatness.
Class President Diana Saintil, who gave her speech in English, Spanish and Creole, said Golden Gate may have started the year as a F school by state standards, but the Class of 2009 shaped that F into an A by respecting themselves and each other.
“Look around you. We are here,” she said.
Diana told the audience that students from the Titan Class of 2009 had been accepted to many prestigious universities, including Cornell, Dartmouth, George Washington, West Point and the University of Florida.
“I am proud to be in this graduating class,” she said. “Who we were here will empower us to who we will be in the future.”
Class valedictorian Sandra Martinez told her fellow classmates that they were leaving Golden Gate High School with the keys to never-ending opportunities.
“Some of us will use every key imaginable. ... Some will choose which one to use,” she said. “We are the class of 2009, the class with the most promise to ever pass through the gates of Golden Gate High School. ... The future rests in this class’ hands because we are going to create it.”
Class treasurer Kim Charles asked her fellow students to never forget their four years at Golden Gate.
“Let us never forget the good, and not so good, experiences that will forever make us the class of ‘09,” she said.
Collier County School Board Chairwoman Pat Carroll and Golden Gate High School Principal Jose Hernandez congratulated Golden Gate High School graduates as they presented diplomas at Golden Gate High School Friday evening. This year’s senior class was composed of 339 students. The 2009 valedictorian was Sandra Martinez. The salutatorian was Tyler Whitney.
The following are the members of the 2009 graduating class of Golden Gate High School:
Jeancarlo Abello-Hurtado; Goldie A. Accineau; Maria Andrea Acebey; Rebecca Aimee; Dahomey Aleman; Ricardo Aleman; Valkendy Alexis; Antonia Almanza; Christa Louise Altidor; Jorge DeJesus Alvarez; Simone Jolie Alvarez; Naomi Andre; Jose Daniel Anez-Zabala; Jose Armando Arevalo; Jose Guadalupe Arreguin; Roberto Arrieta; Berline Augustin; Bertrand Augustin; David Roberto Ayora; Andy Baez; Johal Alberto Baez; Jameil Bailey; Godster Baptiste; Kathleen Baptiste; Richard Baptiste; Kenia S. Barahona; Jose M. Barcela; Francisco Bautista; Santos Bautista; Ervanlie Vassy Bazile; Jacob Allen Beatty; Ed Normandy Belmont; Cynthia Janeth Benavides; Julian Alexander Bermudez-Agudelo; Sebastian Bernal; Corey Austin Bigley; Greguy Bolivar; Carlos Manuel Bonilla; Adele Shereen Boobier; Guynsly Brutus; Rondacious Lekwan Bryant; Wesley James Buchan;
Earnest Burton Jr.; Miranda Lee Byrne; Claudia Cabrera; Pharto Caidor; Amber Nicole Cain; Danaysi Calderon; Juan Camarena; Yusel Cardentey; Raynolds Carmenaty-Deltoro; John Christopher Cartagena; Corey Ladell Carter Jr.; Alejandro Casanas; Guichard Josue Casimir Jr.; Nathan Paul Casimir; Diana Castillo; Nelson Castillo; Orlando Fernando Castillo; Ruth Maribel Castro; Edna Teresa Cavazos-Garcia; Betsy Celipov; Chanita Rachel Charles; Mildred Kimberly Charles; Eva Chavez; Stephanie Chavez; Kenly Clerger; Andrew Carl Collins; George William Colyer; Lizzet Contreras; Roberto U. Corchado; Joshua David Cortez; Xavier Eugenio Cortez; Marvin Cortez-Vargas; David Cruz; Gloria Cruz-Rojas; Michael Lynn Curtis; Shae Thomas Curtsinger; Andres David Dajles; Brittney Ann Deal; Alejandro Delaguila; Daniela M. Deleon; Lilmary Delgado-Lopez; Weednel Delphonse; Lounedie Desrosiers; Chloe Amber Didonato; Thu Anh Doan; Mercedes Luchell Donaldson; Kenson Dorestin; Larry Dorilus; Delou Dorvilus; Thermy Dorvilus;
Roseline Ducatel; Michael James Dudash; Stevenlyne Dufort; Clifordson Dumel; Sonja Dunord; Madeline Duverne; Martin Edwards; Marjorie Danielle Eldira; Madochee Eliassaint; Manoushka Eliodor; Julio Espinal; Afney Mirielle Estanis; Ashley Marie Estrada; Thomas Glenn Falcon; Tessa Rose Feast; Jacqueline Fernandez; Marc Anderson Fertil; Jonathan Cristian Figueroa; Monika Ann Figueroa; Raul Figueroa; Rebecca Lynn Finer; Anshana Foresse; Michael Ron-Jerome Foster; Dessary Cramaine Francis; Migerie Hanlourie Francois; Shelomie Francois; Fernando Garberi; Adrian Garcia; Javier Garcia; Kevin Garcia; Yelina Gato; Dorotie Georges; Junio Georges; Peterson Germain; Tulsy Gilly; Daniel Godoy; Yordan Gomez; Seann Cristal Gomez-Diez; Cesar Emilio Gonzalez; Ilia Hernandez Gonzalez; Javier Gonzalez; Lucero Gonzalez; Natalie Andrea Gordillo; Yamson Grosjean; Daniel Guerra-Rodriguez; Danny Alexander Guerrero; Daniel Guevara; Thaina Guilbaud; Jesse Nathaniel Hamilton; Christopher Blake Harris; Dixibeth Hernandez; Lorena Hernandez; Alejandra Herrera; Betty Angela Herrera;
Ruben T. Herrera; Briana Courtney Hitch; Yaritza Holguin; Megan Chantelle Hoolihan; Zachary Taylor Izbicki; Katherine Jean Jackmack; Marie Saddam Jean Gilles; Marie Jean-Baptiste; Olga Jean-Jacques; Kathiana Jean-Pierre; Laura Renee Jefferson; Jean Dieunel Jerome; Trinidad Ulizes Jimenez; Blair T. Johanning; Ariana John; Louvis Demon Johnson; Rojay Johnson; Keith Brian Jones; Cory Marlise Joseph; Magdala Joseph; Jorge Justiniano; Megan Caitlin King; Kenneth William Kopfensteiner; Brenda Coral Landaverde; Feguencia R. Laurent; Sandy Laurent; Osnaivy Lazo; Ashton Adelbert Ledee; Meyken Lee; Mariano Misael Lemus; Murphy Lene; Irenne L. Lewis; Cory Robert Lieberenz; Carlos Eduardo Linares; Ashley E. Lindsey; Priscilla Lluch; Andres Lopez; Michelle Lopez; Urbano Lopez; Alvaro Lopez-Vazquez; Maria L. Lopez-Whitney; Michael Christopher Maguire; Lucy Miriame Marc; Joseph Curtis Martello; Aida Jazmin Martinez; Asencion Martinez; Eumart Jose Martinez; Jennifer Martinez; Sandra Salena Martinez; Donald Cody Matson; Shenika Lee McFadden; Taylor A. McGuire; Ryan McPherson; Luis Miguel Mejia-Ochoa; Joselin Melendez; Elizabeth Nichole Metzger; Christian D. Meza; Brian J. Milner; Ximena Maria Minuche; Felix Luis Miranda; Janeteria Deserea Mitchell;
Tony T. Mitchell; Shinasty Monique Mixon; Javonda Iesha Mompoint; Michael Andrew Monaldi; Belinda Montejo; Javier Emmanuel Moreno; Yuliana Alejandra Moreno; Marco Antonio Moreta; Maria Del Carmen Moron; Dwayne Christopher Moxam; Julio Cesar Munguia; Chayanne Muñoz; Maybelline Nicole Murillo; Susana Nava-Cortez; Addiel O Negrin; Lindsey Nicole Neptune; Jeanne Rose Nicolas; Jonathan Nieves; John Norelia; Jime Antonio Nuñez; Livi Lorena Nuñez; Yenci Nuñez; Elie Octave; Loubens Octave; Maureene Octave-Annorat; Stephanie Octasvius; Jessica Fabiana Olivera; Margarett Helen Olsen; Carline Orelien; Silvio Ortiz; Angela Ospina; Christopher Pagan; Ronald Andres Paz; Lizandra Perez; Luis Enrique Perez; Marlene Perez-Gamboa; Jeffery Petilord Jr.; Senise Petit-Bien; Natali Pina-Cardena; Estefano Pino-Adan; Marie Yvena Polydor; Dayana Pompa; Olivia Yvette Ponce; Julia Pulling; Joanne Rafael; Cynthia Jessica Ramirez; Jesse Ramirez; Sergio Louis Ramirez; Ana Jessica Ramos; Eddy Abhram Ramos; Juan Pablo Ramos; Luis Antonio Ramos; Jacqueline Reyes; Lina Marcela Rincon; Peter Cisneros Rivera; Miguel Angel Robles; Anna Liz Rodriguez; Ceara Schae Rodriguez; Elizabeth D. Rodriguez; Marisela Rodriguez; Migday Rodriguez; Sylvia Joyce Rodriguez; Joshua Justin Roger; Lournia Marie Roger; Ruth Francisca Rojas; Melissa Romelus; Catlyn Ruiz; Dajanique R. Rutledge; Duvensley Saget; Djeunie Saint Louis; Jeannie Saint Paul; Julie Saint Paul; Diana Saintil; Isnel Salazar; Luz Erika Saldana; Diana Sanchez; Ernest Sanchez; Fany Isamar Sanchez; Henry Sanchez; Davidson Sanon; Kelsey M Santalla;
Laura Valentina Santamaria; Adriana Santiago; Minerva Santiago; Luther Senatus; Julio Cesar Serra; Servenot Servius; Susie Cecilia Sheard; Ryan J Shipman; Joseph Sifre; Alexandra L. Signorini; Maggy Steve Simon; Erica Elaine Smith; Carlos Luis Solano; Judith Souprendre; Michael J Spano; Corryne Lee Strickland; Lucksondo Sylla; Annakay L. Taylor; Nicole Elaine Taylor; Ariel Raelene Thammavong; Rosedana Thimeau; Steven Tielves; Evens Kelly Timothee; Bhetie Tondo; Vanessa Toro-Diaz; Christopher Torres; Brittney Chanel Townsend; Rhiannon D. Trolley; Laura Juliet Turushina; Ana Ibis Urquia; Francis Urquizo; Jessica Valdes; Carlos Jesus Vazquez-Gonzalez; Alexander Richard Vega; William Gregory Vega; Jessica Velasco; Elianys Vergel; Gilberto Villar; Cecilia Lynn Vivas; Roodline Volcy; Carey Marie Walker; Kyle Eugene Walls; Giovante Walton; Shermaine Kathrina Waugh; Tyler Lane Whitney; Dylan Thomas Witt; Ivan T. Wolin; Myles Aaron Wood; Nathaniel Divonte Woods; Ian M. Wright; Alex Louis Xavier; Niuris Zaldivar; Ana Zavala: and Ali Ziabakhsh.