One Door Closes, Another Opens: Class of 2022 Graduates from EPHS

Valedictorian Donell Yu addresses his classmates at the 2022 EPHS graduation ceremony

Donell Yu, the top-ranked student in Elmwood Park High School's Class of 2022, delivers his valedictory address during the school's May 22 graduation ceremony. District 401 photo by Dave Porreca.

NOTE: For photos of the 2022 EPHS graduation ceremony, visit this gallery. To watch a recording of the ceremony, scroll down this page or click here.

More than 250 students graduated from Elmwood Park High School in a ceremony held Sunday, May 22, at EPHS Stadium as proud family members and friends cheered them on.

Valedictorian Donell Yu and salutatorian Julia Ciura addressed their classmates during the ceremony, which began at noon and lasted approximately an hour.

Principal Mr. Douglas Wildes presided over the ceremony, which included musical selections performed by the EPHS Choir and the EPHS Band, directed respectively by Mr. Grant McEachern and Mr. Kyle Rhoades.

Also speaking at the event were District 401 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Leah Gauthier and Board of Education Secretary Mrs. Susan S. Capraro, whose granddaughter, Allison Wiott, was among the graduates.

Mrs. Capraro wasn't the only Board member who was able to congratulate a family member on this day. Vice President Mr. Michael V. Scheidt presented his daughter Allison Scheidt with her diploma when she stepped up to the podium.

As the ceremony began, the first seniors to enter the stadium were Mr. Yu, Ms. Ciura and the rest of the Class of 2022's academic top 10 percent:

  • Donell Yu, valedictorian
  • Julia Ciura, salutatorian
  • Olivia Boshold
  • Philip Budzyna
  • Carlos Cubas
  • Brian Daza
  • Uriel Delgado
  • George Gauthier
  • Sofia Krytsun
  • Lillian Kulmatytska
  • Jocelyn Mendoza
  • Danielle Mihalo
  • Kamil Musial
  • Ariela Olivares
  • Victoriya Osobska
  • Antonina Poznecki
  • Angela Roxas
  • Allison Scheidt
  • Magnus Shipinski
  • Jacob Smith
  • Isaiah Solis
  • Mateo Vazquez
  • Diana Wittrock
  • Julia Wronska
  • Athena Zuniga

When it came time for the seniors to receive their diplomas, their names were read by EPHS guidance counselors Ms. Paige Kozyra, Ms. Alison Till and Ms. Mayra Leyva. The ceremony ended with a tossing of the caps — some of which sported rather elaborate decorations. (See the photo gallery for examples.)

Afterward, the new graduates hugged their loved ones, posed for pictures and enjoyed the moment — a fitting end to four years of hard work by students and parents alike, not least of which included overcoming the obstacles caused by a global pandemic.

Congratulations, Class of '22!

Watch the 2022 EPHS Graduation Ceremony

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