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WACO ISD prepares to graduate nearly 1,000 seniors

WACO, TEXAS (May 21, 2024)--Pomp and circumstance played throughout Waco ISD Stadium as students completed commencement rehearsal today, filing in line to find their seats at graduations in Waco ISD this week and Tuesday, May 28. 

University High School Valedictorian Andres Luevano Villa, whose final GPA is 110.8619, leads the parade of 358 students to kick off the round of ceremonies starting Thursday, May 23, 7:30 PM at Waco ISD Stadium. Andres is the son of Brenda Villa and Jose Luevano. He plans to attend McLennan Community College and pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His achievements include WISD Career and Technical Education Student of the Year, National Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Superintendent’s Scholar, College Board National Hispanic Recognition Award for top PSAT scores, The American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award, and the National Sojourners Award.

Luevano Villa will present his remarks as valedictorian followed by UHS Salutatorian Skylar Goodman, whose final GPA is 109.1971. Skylar is the daughter of Maria Gorschboth and Jerry Goodman. She plans to attend Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Her achievements include National Honor Society President, Career and Technical Education Business Ambassador, Lamar Scholarship Recipient, Academic Achiever, Superintendent's Scholar, Century Scholarship Recipient from Texas A&M University, Future Business Leaders of America President, and the College Board National Hispanic Recognition Award for top PSAT scores. 

Waco High School Valedictorian Samuel Everett, whose final GPA is 115.3429, will lead 321 graduates in the class of 2024 on Friday, May 24, 8 p.m. at Waco ISD Stadium. Sam is the son of Amy and Jeremy Everett. He plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in mathematics. He is National Merit Commended Scholar, Superintendent’s Scholar, Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, National Honor Society member, varsity tennis team, Century Scholar, and worked at Heritage Creamery in Woodway for three years. 

Following Everett’s remarks as valedictorian, WHS Salutatorian Alexis Hookham, whose final GPA is 113.9147, will present her remarks. Alexis is the daughter of Jeff Hookham and Bernadette Hookham. She plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to major in neuroscience on a pre-med track and minor in business. Her achievements include the Smoaky Scholarship, Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, Superintendent’s Scholar, 1st Team Super Centex Girls Soccer Selection, Texas High School Coaches Association Elite Academic All-State, District 22-5A MVP Runner-Up for Soccer, National Charity League member, WHS Student Council officer and class representative, varsity tennis and soccer team captain, two-time district champion (in doubles) for tennis, and served as a defense lawyer in mock trial.

Brazos High School will host its final graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 28, 6:30 PM at Antioch Waco. The school projects a total of nearly 100 graduates this year. 

In addition to speeches from the top graduates, Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon, WISD Board of Trustees President Stephanie Korteweg, and campus principals will share their remarks during the ceremonies. A clear bag policy and use of metal detectors will be in place for all ceremonies, and guests should allow additional time to enter and locate their seats. For complete details on all graduation ceremonies, visit