Congratulations to our class of 2020 High School Seniors. We are so proud of all the work you have done over the past four years, and will miss you as you depart on your next adventure. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our seniors and their accomplishments. Their contributions to Holyoke High School have helped make our school such a special place. Without further ado…
The Class of 2020 Graduation
The graduation ceremony to honor our recent senior grads is coming up on August 2nd. Please read the letter for more details.
Read more about our outstanding seniors!
Read about our Class of 2020 National Honor Society and John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Recipients, as well as about our seniors who did an outstanding job in athletics and the arts. Discover which members of the Class of 2020 received Senior Athletics Awards, the Seal of Biliteracy, as well as who participated in internships, co-ops, practicums and fellowships. Join us in celebrating our Pa’lante Peer Leaders and Student Ambassadors. and our student athletes who committed to play sports in college.
North Campus Valedictorian Jack Shea
John “Jack” Shea, son of Christopher and Meghan Shea of Holyoke, has spent the last four years excelling at everything he’s done. Since starting high school, John has taken every Honors and Advanced placement course that he could, and has transcended in every one of them. In addition to John’s illustrious academic record, he is a 3 sport athlete, achieving All Western Mass in both Cross Country and Indoor Track. Beyond academics and athletics, John is a part of several clubs and organizations such as As Schools Match Wits, Student Government, and Regional Student Advisory Council, just to name a few. John will be attending Harvard University in the fall and will be studying mechanical engineering. Always humble, John tends to credit his family members for exposing him to the world of engineering and all of the Holyoke Public Schools staff for his success, but any one of them can say that John’s accomplishments and desires are his own, through his intrinsically motivated self. A kind-hearted soul whose success and determination knows no bounds, the class of 2020 Valedictorian, John Shea.
North Campus Salutatorian
Patricia Haradon, daughter of Katherine and Mark Haradon of Holyoke, is HHS North’s Salutatorian for the historic class of 2020. Trish is an amazing, well rounded young woman who has excelled in all areas, particularly in math and science – taking advanced placement and accelerated courses whenever possible. Trish is not only an accomplished student, but also a leader who has busied herself with many extracurricular activities during her high school career. A few of Trish’s many accomplishments include three years with the madrigal choir, castings in four musical productions, member of the soccer team, three seasons as pitcher on the softball team, class treasurer, and a member of student government. Trish is also a member of the 2020 Colleen’s Court in the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Trish will attend UMASS Amherst in the fall with a major in Legal Studies and a minor in Psychology. Trish sends a special shoutout to all of her family, teachers, coaches, and school counselors who have taught her not just about the basics, but life in general and to go into the world with a healthy and strong mindset!
Dean Campus Valedictorian and Vocational Student of the Year
Jorge Gonzalez, son of Luz Pereira and Jorge Gonzalez, resides in Holyoke and is the epitome of what an excellent student is both vocationally and academically. Jorge has excelled in Electrical from his first year as a freshman to this final year as a senior. He has mastered, or exceeded all of the competencies in the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Frameworks for Electrical and is working at Beaulieu Electric through Cooperative Education. Jorge displays dedication to his education through a near-perfect attendance record, 4.2 GPA, and status as a John and Abigail Adams Scholar. He is Bilingual in English and Spanish, takes part in an anti-bullying club Unity, and enjoys the outdoors with the Eagle Eye Club. Above all his intellectual successes, Jorge is a kind, generous, and reflective person making him an excellent candidate for this award. He plans to further his education in Electrical Engineering at Springfield Technical Community College while continuing to work in the electrical field.
Dean Campus Salutatorian
Emanuel Salamanca, son of Jessica Collazo and Emanuel Salamanca Sr., is a student in the Auto Collision shop. He is a role model in his school community and looked up to by both staff and students alike. He is an exemplary scholar in both his academic and vocational program. In addition, Emanuel has consistently challenged himself by taking the most rigorous courses offered on the Dean Campus. Emanuel has been a Dean Campus Rising Star and has participated in school-wide activities, including Eagle Eye and Game Club. Emanuel was chosen to participate in an internship for Eagle Eye Club this past summer. Emanuel balances both his school course load and employment at a local grocery store while maintaining a 3.67 GPA and stellar attendance record. He is also a John and Abigail Adams scholarship recipient. In addition to the many academic and vocational successes, Emanuel is a kind, humble, and dedicated human being. Emanuel plans to further his education while pursuing employment in the Auto Collision field.