William O. Robey High School News
Robey Graduation “A Dream Come True”
“A dream come true.”
That’s how Jennifer Gabriela “Gabby” Hernandez Espinoza described graduation day for the 17 students in the first graduating class of William O. Robey High School.
The students received their diplomas during a ceremony held in the auditorium of Sterling Middle School at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 9.
Five additional students graduated from the new alternative high school earlier in the year. The alternative program allows students to graduate as soon as they complete all of their diploma requirements.
Superintendent Dr. Scott Ziegler congratulated the graduates on having “defied the expectations of society to recognize the value of education.”
Robey Principal Dr. Jeanene Sims offered a personal interpretation of the life lessons found in the poem, “Desiderata.”
The commencement address was delivered by Robey English teacher Gary Christian. Christian shared excerpts of poetry written by students. “Don’t let others collapse your dreams” was one of the themes of their work.
Cindy Soltys and Vanessa Cossio of Reston Bible Church presented two scholarships to Robey graduates. A Perseverance Scholarship was awarded to Alex Ramos-Torres. Alex plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice and become a lawyer. A Hope Scholarship was awarded to Jennifer Gabriela Hernandez Espinoza. Gabby plans to pursue a degree in nursing.
School Counselor Tyler Cabatic delivered a short tribute to each graduate as Sims conferred diplomas with the assistance of Director of School Counseling Dr. Amy Carroll.
The ceremony also was attended by School Board Vice Chair Ian Serotkin (Blue Ridge District), School Board member Brenda Sheridan (Sterling District) and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Ashley Ellis.
Published June 14, 2022