Vals and Sals 2024

Class of 2024 Valedictorians and Salutatorians
Posted on 04/29/2024
Collage of six Valedictorians and Salutatorians
Valedictorians and Salutatorians at School Board Meeting


This year’s top graduates of MNPS’s high schools have only just begun to impress and amaze their many admirers.

The valedictorians and salutatorians of the Class of 2024 are on their way to some of the top colleges and universities in the city, state and nation after they graduate in the next few weeks. They plan to study biochemistry and biomedical engineering, nursing and neuroscience, political science and psychology, engineering and education, fashion design and finance.

“Our valedictorians and salutatorians have shown not just their brilliance, curiosity and academic skills but also quite a lot of tenacity and resilience to reach this point,” Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle said. “They are creative and critical thinkers. They are athletes and artists. They are leaders in their classrooms, in their organizations, in their career academies, and on the playing fields across the district. And these students are going places – important places where they will continue to do meaningful work.

“It’s not surprising, but it is inspiring to think about how our schools, from teachers and principals to academy coaches, school counselors, AVID teachers, college and career coaches, GEAR UP team members and other support staff, have helped prepare these students – and how these students have also prepared themselves to meet this moment and move to the next stage of their lives.”

The valedictorians and salutatorians are heading to college at Yale and Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt and Vassar, Belmont, Fisk, Lipscomb, Tennessee State, Nashville State, Middle Tennessee State, Volunteer State, Memphis, Tennessee Tech and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville – with the list of destinations set to grow as more make their final decisions.

They are aspiring public servants, nonprofit founders, physicians, teachers, scientists, researchers, business leaders. One plans to be an FBI agent; another wants to be a radiologist; one will study animation.

And one school’s valedictorian and salutatorian know each other especially well: The top two graduates of Hillsboro High School this year are twin sisters.

We’ll share more photos of each high school’s top two graduating students on MNPS’s social media in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, check out this list of our valedictorians and salutatorians from the Class of 2024.

Congratulations on a job extremely well done, vals and sals!

Class of 2024 Valedictorians and Salutatorians 


  • Youssoupha Charles, valedictorian
  • Marko Doce, salutatorian

Big Picture

  • Najee’ McGarr, valedictorian
  • Jeremiah Buckley, salutatorian

Cane Ridge

  • Genesis Blanco De Leon, valedictorian
  • Anne Phetmany, salutatorian

Early College

  • Symone Hodges, valedictorian
  • Cathalene Barlow, salutatorian

East Nashville

  • Reese Thompson, valedictorian
  • Zekiyah Brown, salutatorian


  • Yen Ly, valedictorian
  • Sophia Jimenez Arias, salutatorian


  • Clara Weedman, valedictorian
  • Audrey Weedman, salutatorian


  • Mira Berkey, valedictorian
  • Jerry Zhang, salutatorian

Hunters Lane

  • Joe Tran, valedictorian
  • Sunary Norm, salutatorian

James Lawson

  • Lawrence Quimbo, valedictorian
  • Anton Do, salutatorian


  • Bernardo Diaz Valle Jr., valedictorian
  • Jasmine Winfrey Horton, salutatorian

Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Ayna Sibtain, valedictorian
  • Solomon Debrezion, salutatorian


  • Mayur Patel, valedictorian
  • Rivers Allen, salutatorian

Nashville School of the Arts

  • Deidra Kelly, valedictorian
  • Elena Ruiz, salutatorian

John Overton

  • Natalie Pinson, valedictorian
  • Vincent Guo, salutatorian


  • Erianna Thomas, valedictorian
  • Daimyn Cotton, salutatorian


  • Shanya Mirza, valedictorian
  • Gary Dailey, salutatorian

MNPS Virtual School

  • Everett Scott, valedictorian
  • Baneen Al Maleki, salutatorian

Whites Creek

  • William Simpson II, valedictorian
  • Joanna Garcia Gonzalez, salutatorian

Watch the 2024 Graduations Online

Metro Schools livestreams each high school graduation ceremony. The livestream links are posted on the Metro Schools Seniors page and the Metro Schools Facebook Events tab.

Watch the Graduates Being Recognized at the Metro Board of Education 

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