ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — News 8 is proud to recognize the Class of 2020! 

Since the coronavirus pandemic forced school closures and commencement cancellations, we have been taking viewer-submitted senior photos and honoring these students during newscasts.

The participation and enthusiasm has been outstanding, so we extended our Senior Salute for a live streaming special on our website and on TV.

We heard from valedictorians and class representatives from some of our local schools. We also listened to messages from prominent Rochesterians, past and present, who had encouraging words for these graduates that have been through so much.

Watch the full video in the player above, and congratulations to the class of 2020!

Class of 2020 Speeches

Sophia Jae Carretto | Hornell Valedictorian

Siomara Caballero | Byron Bergen Valedictorian

Sami Chamberlain | Newark Salutatorian

Sam Arnts | Haverling Valedictorian

Rachel Ramsdel | Williamson Valedictorian

Olivia Morse | Romulus Valedictorian

Meghan Patrick | Arkport Central Valedictorian

Margaux Eller | Mynderse Academy Valedictorian

Katelyn Weeks | Gates Chili Valedictorian

Jadon Schlierf | Spencerport Valedictorian

Jack DeNunzio | Irondequoit Student Council Vice President

Ethan DeGrandis | Hilton Valedictorian

Emma Noble | East Irondequoit Valedictorian

Emily Field | Greece Olympia Valedictorian

Derrick Tandle | Lyons Salutatorian

Casey Walike | Honeoye Falls-Lima Valedictorian

Ashlyn LeBaron | Charles D’Amico Valedictorian

Adrijana Stoffelsma | Irondequoit Student Council President