Vals and Sals 2022

Class of 2022 Valedictorians and Salutatorians
Posted on 04/27/2022
valedictorians and salutatorians with director of schools and school board

Valedictorians and Salutatorians 2022

This year’s MNPS valedictorians and salutatorians include artists and athletes, a brother and sister in the top two spots at their school (with another sister right behind them), numerous full scholarship winners, a future Ivy Leaguer and a student member of the Board of Education.

Some of these academic stars once needed help learning English or needed services from the MNPS Exceptional Education Department. They’ve all participated in numerous extracurricular activities at school and in the community. One valedictorian had a perfect ACT score.

All of them have done tremendous work across a span of years transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic and other historic events.

“These students have worked extremely hard for the last four years and more to finish their time with us at the top of their classes,” Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle said at Tuesday’s Board meeting. “They have never lost focus, even as their high school careers were disrupted time and time again by the pandemic.

“And they are going places! You’ll see top colleges and universities both near and far in their plans – and big ambitions to continue learning, growing and serving their communities.”

In the weeks ahead, we’ll share more photos of each high school’s top two graduating students on MNPS’s social media channels. In the meantime, here is the list of valedictorians and salutatorians for the Class of 2022. Congratulations to all of them!

Class of 2022 Valedictorians and Salutatorians


  • Tyler Murray, valedictorian
  • Sosana Taky, salutatorian

Big Picture

  • Dayvon Woodard, valedictorian
  • Ernestine Ndombe, salutatorian

Cane Ridge

  • Marina Gorgy, valedictorian
  • Sidra Atam, salutatorian

Early College

  • Ruth Giblin, valedictorian
  • John Cordwell III, salutatorian

East Nashville

  • Mariauna Hughes, valedictorian
  • Alana Thompson, salutatorian


  • Avrome Duran, valedictorian
  • Baraa Hantouli, salutatorian


  • Virginia Fleming, valedictorian
  • Dara Gyauch-Lewis, salutatorian


  • Rudra Patel, co-valedictorian
  • Angelie Quimbo, co-valedictorian


  • Rena Shi, valedictorian
  • Ariston Tweedy, salutatorian

Hunters Lane

  • Jessica Tran, valedictorian
  • Mayline Garcia, salutatorian


  • Jon’Quorian Johns, valedictorian
  • Solomon Kap, salutatorian

Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Jack Hartert, valedictorian
  • Laurel Nicholas, salutatorian


  • Om Patel, valedictorian
  • Julia Jakic, salutatorian

Nashville School of the Arts

  • Maya Underwood, valedictorian
  • Miles Troxler, salutatorian

John Overton

  • Geoffrey Lawrence, valedictorian
  • Ephie Hauck, salutatorian


  • Jessica Fuentes, valedictorian
  • Janiyah Houston, salutatorian


  • Ryan Gregory, valedictorian
  • Zanol Simmons, salutatorian

MNPS Virtual School

  • Ahmed Alnassari, valedictorian
  • Zaynab Alnassari, salutatorian

Whites Creek

  • Xavier Billingsley, valedictorian
  • Yvonne Busane, salutatorian


Watch the Vals and Sals at the Board Meeting

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