The Hammond High Magnet School class of 2021 achieved great success despite the challenges that COVID presented, said Quin Navarra, senior adviser. With the help of HHMS faculty and staff, they were able to persevere and graduate May 11.
This year, 250 students earned diplomas. Leading the way were summa graduates Kiauna Conley, Shyann Morgan and Dykia Williams. Hammond High seniors received over $2.5 million in scholarships.
The following student athletes committed to play at the college level: Ayden Vinyard, Gage Ridgel, Kaden Slocum, Dakari Phelps and Justice Kelly.
The following students enlisted in the military: Antonio Cousain, Tania Granados-Martinez, Thomas Mascair, and Thomas Ransom, all with the National Guard; Parnell Gordon III and Vance McDonald, both with the Air Force; Victor Gonzales and Jace Guidry, both with the Marines.
Through a rigorous and diverse curriculum, students at HHMS were challenged and prepared to excel at the college level, Navarra said. Numerous students earned college credit at various universities, junior colleges and technical schools.
In addition to college credit, many students earned Career and Technical Education credentials at the state and regional levels. The CTE program enables students to earn credentials and certifications that prepare them for workplace entry.
“The last year has been unlike any other year we have experienced,” Navarra said. “We firmly believe this year’s graduates are able to adapt to any situation, believe in themselves and achieve their goals.”