For decades, Indianapolis Public Schools has celebrated the academic achievements of the valedictorian and salutatorian at each of our high schools. This year, the district is taking a different approach.

 

Instead of honoring only students who achieve the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in their graduating class, IPS has adopted the Latin Honors system to celebrate scholars with a 3.5 or higher GPA.

 

High schools throughout the country are moving toward this system, which is prevalent in colleges and universities. Latin Honors awards students with summa, magna and cum laude academic distinction.

 

Mya Pomales, a senior at Arsenal Technical High School who’s graduating with a 4.0 GPA, will be recognized as a summa cum laude graduate.

 

She joins students from Arsenal Technical, Crispus Attucks, George Washington and Shortridge high schools who will be honored for their scholastic achievement during the invitation-only IPS Honors Program & Reception on Thursday, May 23, at Christian Theological Seminary.

 

Mya sees value in the valedictorian and salutatorian tradition, as well as Latin Honors system.

 

“I understand why some would want to only celebrate valedictorians and salutatorians, but I think this way is better because it recognizes more students who also worked and studied hard,” she said.

 

Meet Indianapolis Public Schools’ summa, magna and cum laude graduates:

 

Summa Cum Laude — 4.0 GPA or higher

 

Jakobi K. Anderson

Shortridge High School

 

Madeline Anderson

Shortridge High School

 

Christian A. Arellano-Jaimes

Shortridge High School

 

Bre Castaneda

Shortridge High School

 

Justin Cepeda

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Kenedi Cheatham

Crispus Attucks High School

 

Thomas Z. Clark

Shortridge High School

 

David Cole

Shortridge High School

 

Logan P. Cruz

Shortridge High School

 

Jasmine R. Dority

Shortridge High School

 

Alexis Dunlop

Crispus Attucks High School

 

Jorge A. Garcia-Dominguez

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Finn W. Hannan

Shortridge High School

 

Jonathan P. Hawkins

Shortridge High School

 

Dominick L. Haynes

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Jamail Hobbs

Shortridge High School

 

Noah Holliday

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Evan D. Horn

Shortridge High School

 

Corbin A. Katner

Shortridge High School

 

Russell J. Lemaster

Shortridge High School

 

Treanna McKinney

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Abigail Mendoza

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Precious Myers

Shortridge High School

 

Jazmin Olea-Gonzalez

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Ann Olise-Aikins

Shortridge High School

 

Allania F. Pickett

Shortridge High School

 

Lucy H. Pickett

Shortridge High School

 

Mya Pomales

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Cortez Riddle

Shortridge High School

 

Montserrat Rodriguez-Bahena

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Erik Romo

Shortridge High School

 

Keith D. Smith

Shortridge High School

 

Peyton A. Sparks

Shortridge High School

 

Lorenz Stewart

Shortridge High School

 

Kevocheae Taylor

Shortridge High School

 

Deiny R. Toss

Shortridge High School

 

Cassandra Watson

Shortridge High School

 

Delaney M. Winter

Shortridge High School

 

 

Magna Cum Laude — 3.8 to 3.9 GPA

 

Albara Khaled Abad

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Precious-Gold Akpadija

Crispus Attucks High School

 

 

Claudia Arteaga

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Bryan I. Coe

Shortridge High School

 

Alisson Contreras

Crispus Attucks High School

 

Amicah Devine

Crispus Attucks High School

 

Aiden M. Goldsmith

Shortridge High School

 

Jesica E. Gomez

Shortridge High School

 

Brayan Gonzalez-Reyna

Crispus Attucks High School

 

Sandra Halsmer

Shortridge High School

 

Amaya L. Hatch

Shortridge High School

 

Phillip M. Hatcher

Shortridge High School

 

Marcus D. Henderson

Shortridge High School

 

Jathniel J. Hernandez

Shortridge High School

 

David Hughes

Shortridge High School

 

Peyton I. Hunnicutt

Shortridge High School

 

Allen E. Johnson

Shortridge High School

 

Daniel E. Luke

Shortridge High School

 

Jeffery Martin

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Kaitlin McGinnis

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Erick Murguia

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Jacob Poore

Shortridge High School

 

Chelsea Roberts

Shortridge High School

 

Karen Rodriguez

Crispus Attucks High School

 

Jonathan A. Romero

Shortridge High School

 

Natalie Romo

Crispus Attucks High School

 

Samuel Ryan

Shortridge High School

 

Degmarie Santiago

Shortridge High School

 

Niaya Taylor

Shortridge High School

 

Nadin Terrera

Crispus Attucks High School

 

Keyli E. Turcios

Shortridge High School

 

Porscha V. Webster

Shortridge High School

 

Deonna Wray

Arsenal Technical High School

 

 

 

 

Cum Laude — 3.5 to 3.7 GPA

 

Jalen Allen

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Alan Arreola-Ferretiz

George Washington High School

 

Nayeli Banegas Bonilla

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Zion D. Bass

Shortridge High School

 

Christian Beverly

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Emma Bowling

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Harley A. Bundy

Shortridge High School

 

Kenia Castillo

George Washington High School

 

Wilmer Castillo

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Ke’Aisha Chandler

George Washington High School

 

Alondra Contreras-Albarran

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Stephanie Correa

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Donald Crouch

Shortridge High School

 

Andre L. Dickerson

Shortridge High School

 

Anette Espindola

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Danny B. Galan

Shortridge High School

 

Giovanni Garrett

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Haley Hall

George Washington High School

 

Kyesha Harris

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Naomi Harris

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Brayan Hernandez Para

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Hector Hinojosa

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Barbara Jeffries

George Washington High School

 

Kimberly Jimenez

Crispus Attucks High School

 

Priscilla Kendall

George Washington High School

 

Morgan Knight

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Maya B. Kpotufe

Shortridge High School

 

Katelyn Larison

Crispus Attucks High School

 

Elyzabeth Lavertu

Shortridge High School

 

Lawrence, Tyler

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Yara Lopez

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Jamaria Mahoney

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Xiomara Martinez

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Nolan A. Mccoy

Shortridge High School

 

Damesha McDougle

George Washington High School

 

Elena Mendoza

Crispus Attucks High School

 

Jasmin Mendoza

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Laurencio Mendoza

Shortridge High School

 

Jordan Menser

Shortridge High School

 

Abigail M. Metcalf

Shortridge High School

 

Alexis Mitchell

Crispus Attucks High School

 

Flor Mojica

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Dewaune Mosley

Crispus Attucks High School

 

Kaylean Newport

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Olayimika Olawuwo

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Dana O’Neal

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Eric J. Perez

Shortridge High School

 

Nancy Perez

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Damaris Posadas

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Luis Quintana

Shortridge High School

 

Jennifer Ramirez

Shortridge High School

 

Joselin Ramirez

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Mirella Ramos-Leon

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Emily Richardson

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Makenzie Ritchie

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Leslie Rivas

Crispus Attucks High School

 

Ruben Robledo

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Jessenia Segovia

Shortridge High School

 

Daveion Sims

Shortridge High School

 

Britney Stokes

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Andrea Terrell

Shortridge High School

 

Chevara Tewell

Crispus Attucks High School

 

Citlaly Torres

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Wilmer G. Turcios

Shortridge High School

 

Sergio Vergara

Shortridge High School

 

Adjwou Mesgana C. Waiss

Shortridge High School

 

Tamar White

Arsenal Technical High School

 

Kalie Worthington

George Washington High School