Class Of 2009 Closes Era For Largest High School In NJ

Julianne Paláez

ELIZABETH—Elizabeth High School celebrated its last commencement ceremony as the largest high school in the State of New Jersey Monday evening.

Board President Francisco Gonzalez said,  “855 graduates will cross the stage to receive their diploma as graduates for the last Elizabeth High School graduating class as we know it. We are proud of every single one of them, as they represent a rainbow of people from all over the world who call our city home. In many cases they are the first generation of students in their families to graduate high school. Our sincere congratulations to each and every single student.”

Superintendent Pablo Muñoz said, “As a school district, we believe that we must prepare every single student for a post secondary education. The work that has been done with this graduating class has prepared them to move on to further education, growth and hopefully a course in life that will help them to fulfill their dreams.”

Muñoz continued, “The graduating class of 2009 has provided an extraordinary amount of notoriety for Elizabeth Public Schools. We have many students attending some of the great universities from around the country.”

Institutions such as Stanford, MIT, Northwestern and Temple University have selected Elizabeth High school graduates as new students. Valedictorian Julianne Paláez will be attending Harvard University. Paláez was selected as a scholar by the Star Ledger and was recently featured in a TV interview on NJN.

Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow gave the commencement address.

Starting September 2009 over 5,200 students from all over Elizabeth will be attending six new academies: John E Dwyer Technology Academy, Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Academy, Elizabeth High School – Gifted and Talented Academy, Admiral William F. Halsey Jr. Leadership Academy, Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy and Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy.

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