Leaving Yorktown

Leaving Yorktown

A class shares memories at its 2017 graduation.

Yorktown High School class of 2017 inside DAR Constitution Hall on June 21.

Yorktown High School class of 2017 inside DAR Constitution Hall on June 21. Photo by Vernon Miles.


Senior Class President Christian Cleaveland


Dr. Raymond Pasi, retiring this year as principal of Yorktown High School


Grace Stroup, valedictorian of the class of 2017.

Yorktown High School filled DAR Constitution Hall with an atmosphere of accomplishment.

“To me, this represents the best class of all,” said Diana Calderon-Nolasco, the class speaker. “For me, this moment signifies something truly beautiful … I won’t miss the school lunches or going to classes just for the credit. I will miss the people, all of you, who are a part of who I am today.”

Yorktown High School is part of the Miller family. Holley Miller watched her son graduate from the same school as his brother two years earlier and where she graduated in 1989.

“He had a great time at Yorktown,” said Miller. “He’s graduating with honors and going to Virginia Tech to study engineering.”

Miller said her son was in the school choir and loved performing in the school musical, “Pippin.”

“It feels so surreal,” said Christian Cleaveland, the senior class president attending Duke University in the fall, maybe studying applied math. “I had the date saved in my calendar but it felt a mile away. It’s sad, this will be the last time I see some of them. I’ve been in Arlington schools all my life, I’ve grown up with a lot of them. We did this together.”