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FARMINGTON — There were five high school graduation ceremonies across San Juan County today.

This morning, 17 seniors from Charlie Y. Brown High School graduated at a commencement ceremony at Bloomfield High School. John Chavez recited the class poem. Xynnia Castiano led the students in the flower ceremony. Valedictorian Natasha Waldvogel and salutatorian Shealyn Snively addressed the crowd.

There were 42 seniors who graduated this afternoon during the New Mexico Virtual Academy's commencement ceremony at the Turano Chrisman Performing Arts Theater at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington. Valedictorians Alejandro Esparza and Madilynn Marie Nolan, and salutatorian Lorissa Humble addressed the crowd

Three more ceremonies took place tonight.

Aztec High School had 160 graduates walk across the stage at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium. Charlie Morrison led the invocation. Crystal Sedano and Kaleb Smith welcomed the crowd, and Kamrynn Phelps introduced the guests on stage. Karly Philips and Stacy Sutherlin thanked the staff and parents in the audience, while salutatorian Eden McCluham and valedictorian Jevin Jensen also delivered addresses. Smith and Sedano gave the farewell address, with Phelps delivering the benediction. Melina Trujillo led the students in the ring and tassel ceremony.

The friends and families of about 175 Bloomfield High School seniors filled Bobcat Stadium for their commencement ceremony. Lekiesha Benavidez sang, and Henderson Chee and Nick Medina performed the national anthem. Valedictorian Allison Wheeler and salutatorian Cristie Kropf addressed the crowd. Averee Murray led the students in the ring and tassel ceremony.
Commencement exercises also took place Friday evening for 40 seniors at Newcomb High School inside the Skyhawk Gym. Corminda Henry served as the master of ceremonies, and Jeffrey Roger Bryant and Andrew James Nelson sang the national anthem, according to a copy of the program. Jodie Rose Tsosie gave an invocation, and Jaylyncia Mariah John provided the welcome address. Valedictorian Jue-Riah Taylor Tsosie and salutatorian Siobhan Joelle Clyde also addressed the audience. Aaron Yazzie gave the benediction before the recessional.

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