Celebrating Class of 2022!
Class of 2022 Highlights
- Graduates include students in the inaugural kindergarten Dual Language Immersion Program, which started in 2009-2010
- Seal of Biliteracy
- California State Federation Seal Bearers
- Posse Foundation Scholar
- National Honor Society
- International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidates
- AP Scholars
PUSD Graduates reflect the district’s vision, mission, and our Graduate Profile (download pdf to view) which emphasizes:
What it Takes to Graduate from PUSD
- 21st Century Skills (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity/ innovation)
- College and Career Readiness
- Global citizenship, cultural competency, and other attributes for graduates to lead healthy lives
- Academic Credits
- Service hours in internships, workplace experience, or volunteering in the community
- Completion of a senior portfolio defense presentation
Meet the valedictorians of Pasadena High Schools
Blair High School Valedictorian, Jonathan Ong, is heading to the College of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) and is a candidate for the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD). Jonathan has always excelled in mathematics, taking AP Calculus in ninth grade and completing several courses at Pasadena City College (PCC) where he began concurrent enrollment classes in the summer before ninth grade.
Carli Bertonneau will study theater at Emerson College this fall after becoming Valedictorian at the Center for Independent Studies Academy (CIS). She began at CIS as a freshman and says the school allowed her to complete all of her coursework in three years and helped her graduate an entire year early.
Kennedy Hackett is headed to Harvard University this fall after becoming the first student to graduate from John Muir High School (JMHS) Early College Magnet with a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree in Natural Science from Pasadena City College through a joint partnership between the college and Pasadena Unified School District.
Marshall Fundamental graduate Benjamin Karish is heading to the University of California, Berkeley, after becoming a Class of 2022 Valedictorian. Ben’s academic career soared as a Marshall Eagle since 9th grade. He attended Willard Elementary for grades K-5. At Marshall, Ben has been active in Frisbee Club, Math Club, Chess Club, Jewish Club, and was the Science Bowl Captain his junior and senior years.
Class of 2022 Valedictorian Kareem Shaheen is bound for Yale University. His academic career flourished at Sierra Madre Middle School and then at Marshall Fundamental where he became involved in several extracurricular activities including the National Honor Society, the Journalism Club, the Mock Trial Team, the Science Bowl Team, the Astrophysics Club, Math Club, Model United Nations, Science National Honor Society, and the Middle Eastern Club.
Multitalented is an understatement when it comes to Pasadena High School (PHS) Valedictorian Brianna Gaughn. An outstanding student, Brianna is also a figure skater, violinist, and dedicated volunteer who also happens to speak Armenian and Russian. She plans to attend UCLA this fall to study chemical engineering.
Pasadena High School graduate Tosten Pearson is heading to Brown University this fall after becoming a PHS Class of 2022 Valedictorian. A writer for his school newspaper since freshman year, his academic success story will go down in the pages of Bulldog history. For the last year, he has also led the school’s “Pasadena Chronicle'' as Editor-in-Chief.
Breannah enrolled at Rose City High School in the fall of 2020, her junior year, significantly behind in course credits. In a little over 18 months, she caught up and completed almost 180 class credits with a 3.7 GPA. Brianna created and presented her senior defense portfolio, which is required of all graduates of the Pasadena Unified School District, early enough to graduate by March 2022.
2022 COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES
Watch the Graduation Ceremonies
Links to videos of the ceremonies, on KLRN's Youtube channel