NEW ORLEANS (May 23, 2019) – Benjamin Franklin High School held its 2018-2019
commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the
Performing Arts. Franklin awarded diplomas to 220 students. Chief Justice Bernette Joshua
Johnson, the Louisiana Supreme Court’s 25th chief justice, its second female chief justice,
and its first African-American chief justice, served as the commencement speaker.
During the ceremony, the Franklin Alumni Association presented the Key Award to Quincy
Weary, the senior class president. The Key Award is given to the senior who best exemplifies
the spirit and broad-based excellence of our namesake, Benjamin Franklin. Weary is headed
to Davidson College in the fall.
The valedictorian was Kaitlin Braganza Nguyen, who will be attending Tulane University.
Kaitlin is the daughter of Tri Nguyen and Ann Braganza.The salutatorian was Sophia
Olivia DiMarco, who will be attending the University of Georgia. Sophia is the daughter of
Damon and Jill DiMarco.
Summa Cum Laude graduates (4.0 GPA and up) are as follows:
Nina Beriss, Jake Berry, Rashonn Brignac, Bruce Carter Jr., Keelan Collins, Eva Coman,
Stephanie Crawford, Elizabeth Daly, Patrick Daly, Kalila Daveron, John DeFraites III, Linda
Denson, Eli Durham, Elijah Evans, Alexandrea Flakes, Graham Grieb, Makayla Howard, Pranav
Jaligam, DestinaО Johnson, Andrew Judge, Emmanuela Jules, Kelsey Lain, Lina Leonhard,
Katherine Marsh, Riley Massiha, Henry McCall, Camille Mince, Katherine Nguyen, Katlyn
Nguyen, Vincent Nguyen, Louise Olivier, Chloe Papai, Hinali Patel, Cayli Pham, Axel Rice,
Maxwell Rick, Brenna Robinson, Ellen Sedlacek, Hazel Smith, Gabrielle Tomba, Cathy Tran,
Cecilia Tran, Andy Vo, Andrew Wang, Zhige Wang, Joseph Woodward, Keyana Zahiri,
Alexandra Zengel, and Chenyu Zhao
Magna Cum Laude graduates (3.5 – 3.9 GPA) are as follows:
Grace Allen, Egypt Ballet, Sarah Bancroft, Nijay Beal, Shelby Bissant, Lauren Brooks, Sydney
Broussard, Jamia Brown, Kirsten Brown, Joe Cao, Brianna Claverie, Caleb Cook, Anna Dimitri,
Emma Durocher, Anouck Ferrat, Darren Francis, Swati Haldar, Aiden Hampton, Jefferson
Hampton, Elizabeth Harding, Issis Haydel, Anna Hoang, Zoe Isenberg, Aaliyah Jones,
Alexandra Jones, Wynton Jones, Jessica Jordan, Sarena Kauveiyakul, Olivia Keefe, Libby
Limar, David Lin, Isabella Lorusso, Jyde Manson, Jude Meche, Cydnei Meredith, Marguerite
Michel, Miles Michell, Alyssa Moore, Ella Murphy, Evan Nguyen, Jason Nguyen, Justin
Nguyen, Tina Nguyen, Trang-Anh Nguyen, Truong Nguyen, Miller Nichols, Madison Osborne,
Perla Pacheco Avilez, Regina Penwut, Charles Perez, Allison Pham, Alanna Porter, Samantha
Raeder, AnnajО Rious, Aaliyah Robinson, Alexis Ruiz, Friedrich Schreiber, Amari Stewart,
Sebasti’an Strong, Trenton Sundmaker, Thu Tran, Kylah Trepagnier, Claire Turner, Melisa
Ustunsoz, Charles Watkins, Tia Watts, Quincy Weary, Victoria Wiggins, and Benjamin
A list of additional graduates follows:
Christopher Ahn, Malik August, Ashley Bell, Joshua Bell, Kohl Bernard, Celeste Bioc,
Sasha Bourne, Destinie Brady, Ethan Bravo Quinonez, Dajuana Brown, Trent Brown,
Nicholas Cash, Jai Chatters, Carissa Clark, Jordan Clark, Larrione Clausell, Rionne
Clayton, Isabella Cot, Stephanie Crawford, Cameryn Cuiellette, Selena Daigle, Tyriq
Dominguez, Isabelle Dugas, Destiny Dupree, Darian Duroncelet, Sarah Ebrahim,
Maxmillian Fitzgerald, Demond Fortenberry, Lydia Fronczek, Sophie Fuselier, Griffin
Gansar, Joshua Gibson, Colin Girvan, Ian Givens, Don Graham Jr., Ashley Green, Jericho
Gremillion, Laurynette Griffin, Joshua Guillory, Mitchell Halpern, Demi Hayes, Jessica
Heard, Tristan Hoff, De’Hasia Hopkins, Tijenae Hubbard, Tuong Vi Huynh, Carl Indest
Jr., Nathan Jackson, Emil Jakobs, Kennedy Johnson, Kristian Johnson, Kyla Johnson,
Paige Johnson, Brooklyn Joyner, Kate Kehoe, London L’Hoste-Larson, Charlie Le, Kayla
Le, Darren Lewis Jr., Asher Loubier, Isha Mbaye, Allyn McKinney, Elise Metoyer, James
Miller III, Maegan Montero, Caleb Morlier, Assane Ndiaye, Lily Nguyen, Mary Matthews
Parsons, Asia Pasley, Ethan Pendarvis, Kaleigh Pham, Catherine Polinard, Chelsea
Ramirez, Blair Richburg, Cy Richeson, Vincent Rogers Jr., Shouki Rohbock, Chaimara
Royal, Angela Russell, Elizabeth Schmidt, Alexander Sobel, Clare Sullivan, Isabella
Summa, Scott Tran, Tanner Tran, Logan Turner, Tyler Turner, Dylan Tyler, Juan Vaughn
Jr., Emily Verlander, Duy Vo, John Vo, Quan Washington, Aidan Whittle, Angel
Williams, Courtnee Williams, Shanae Williams, Simone Williams, and Chloe Yava
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About Benjamin Franklin High School
Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans’ most outstanding public charter school,
has been preparing students for success through academic achievement since its founding
in 1957. Consistently ranked as a “top public high school in the nation” by U.S. News &
World Report, Newsweek, and Business Week, Franklin has received the highest School
Performance School in Louisiana, making it the No. 1 public school in the state, year
after year. Ben Franklin is repeatedly named a National Blue Ribbon School, producing
Presidential and National Merit Scholars each year. The exceptional students, faculty,
and staff at Ben Franklin are the best and the brightest in New Orleans. For more
information, please visit bfhsla.org.
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