Dr. Joy Romulus-Henssler

Joy was born in Brooklyn, NY, and lived in St Albans, Queens, until moving to Washingtonville for Middle and High schools. She is a Class of 2002 Washingtonville alumna who helped lead the Cross Country, Indoor, and Outdoor track teams to multiple championships throughout her Wizard running career. In 2006, she received her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry with honors from SUNY Binghamton University, where she continued to compete as a Division 1 - Bearcat. She then earned her Doctoral degree in Chemistry from New York University in 2013, concentrating in Polymer Chemistry. She continued to conduct research as a Postdoctoral fellow at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She began her professional career in 2014 as a chemist synthesizing polymers for Personal Care products and is currently the technical director at LBB Specialties, helping to lead the technical direction of their Personal Care division.

Madison Mobray: Class of 2024 Class President

Madison Mobray is the daughter of Deon and Karla Mobray and the older sister to Austin and Maxwell Mobray.

Madison will be graduating from Washingtonville High School in the Class of 2024. As a proud member of the Washingtonville Wizards, Madison has served as the Class President from 2020-2024.

Throughout her time at Washingtonville High School, she has immersed herself in both academics and athletics, using her determination, grit, and resilience to become the best version of herself. She is an active member of the Student Coalition council, a representative of the WHS Student Athletic Union, and has achieved the honor of being inducted into the National, English, Tri-M Music, Math, and World Language Honor Societies. She has won awards such as the Sojourner Truth Award for English and the Excellence in Principles of Marketing award. Madison was also selected to enrich her leadership skills through the Junior Leadership Orange Program, which fosters the next generation of leaders.

As an athlete, Madison had the privilege of joining the Washingtonville Varsity soccer team in seventh grade and eventually earned the honor of leading the team as Captain from her sophomore year onward. Madison also participates in Track and Field and has enjoyed her time competing for Washingtonville. She has also been actively involved in the Wind Ensemble, playing the French Horn, where she earned the Outstanding Musicians award and was recognized for her participation in the Orange County All-County music festival.

Madison strongly values volunteerism, believing that there is nothing better than giving back to the community that has given so much to her. She volunteers her time at the Country Kids Food Pantry and dedicates her time to the Cards for Hope and Non-Fiction Pen Pals committees through the English Honor Society.

Madison is incredibly grateful for her family, friends, coaches, and teachers, who have all made an impact on her life and have been integral in her growth with their continuous love and support.

In the fall, Madison is excited to continue her academic and athletic endeavors at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She will also represent Bermuda on the Senior Women's National Team.

Lastly, Madison thanks the community for providing a welcoming, fun filled learning environment where she could thrive and successfully prepare herself for the future to come.

Kiera Calovic: Class of 2024 Salutatorian

Kiera Calovic is the daughter of Erin and Doriano Calovic and the older sister of Shane Calovic. 

During her time at Washingtonville, Kiera has challenged herself by taking multiple AP and college level courses including AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus AB, Spanish 4, SUPA Forensics and Financial Accounting. She has received Academic Achievement Awards in various Spanish, Math, Science, and English courses, along with the Le Moyne College “In the Heights” Award in her junior year. She has always placed value in hard work in order to achieve all of her academic goals.

A major aspect of Kiera’s high school career has been her involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. She has been an active member in the National Honor Society
and the National Art, Science, English, and Math Honor Societies. Kiera is the Treasurer of the National English Honor Society and is the Non-Fiction PenPal Committee Leader of that society. In addition, she has other leadership roles, which include being the President of Student Coalition and Co-Treasurer of the Wizards Against Cancer Club. She has also had the privilege of working with the Aspire students in the Special Olympics and Best Buddies programs within the high school. 

In addition to academics and community service, Kiera has been actively involved in sports like varsit soccer, golf, and flag football. She is grateful for the friendships and skills she has built from each sport, and will always cherish the memories she has made with her teammates and coaches. 

She would like to thank her family for their unwavering love and support throughout her academic career. She wouldn’t have been able to experience the amount of success she has without their constant encouragement. Additionally, Kiera would like to thank her teachers for always challenging her to achieve her academic goals and her friends for their support and all the great memories that they have made together.

Kiera will be attending SUNY Geneseo in the Fall. She will be majoring in accounting with plans of pursuing a career in forensic accounting in the future. She would like to congratulate the Class of 2024 on all of their achievements and can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of her classmates. 

Gavin Chaing: Class of 2024 Valedictorian

Gavin Chaing is a testament to the resilience and sacrifices of his parents, Eric and Amy Chaing. He takes pride in his heritage as the son of an immigrant mother from Guyana and a refugee father from Cambodia. Gavin recognizes the profound impact of his parents' unwavering dedication to education, which paved the path for his success as a first-generation American. Their sacrifices and endless support have shaped Gavin’s journey, instilling in him a profound sense of appreciation for all those who supported him. 

Gavin's high school journey is characterized by his commitment to academic excellence and community service. He eagerly tackled the most challenging coursework available, earning recognition and membership in prestigious honor societies such as the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Science Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, and Math Honor Society. Additionally, Gavin assumed leadership roles, including the presidency of the Math Honor Society, board membership of the Blooming Grove Conservation Advisory Commission (BGCAC), and leadership of the Naomi Sewell Richardson Park Project demonstrating his exceptional dedication and leadership skills. 

In recognition of his achievements, Gavin was awarded the Rensselaer Medal, a prestigious 5-year $200,000 merit scholarship awarded to top mathematics and science students. Gavin remained deeply rooted in his commitment to serving his community. As the youngest Member of the Board of the BGCAC, he spearheaded transformative initiatives, such as the initiative to revitalize Naomi Sewell Richardson Park into a flourishing pollinator habitat and community hub.
Guided by the wisdom of his older sister Amber during times of uncertainty, Gavin’s high school experience was enriched by the mentorship of dedicated teachers who nurtured his love for learning and pushed him to excel. Specifically, he wants to give special thanks to Ms. Frey, Mr. Brown, Mr. Bacher, Mr. Grencer, Mr. Kaman, and Ms. Kaste.  Alongside his academic and community endeavors, Gavin forged meaningful connections with friends who shared his values and enriched his life with laughter and camaraderie.

As Gavin embarks on the next chapter of his journey at Connell University, majoring in Chemical Engineering with a focus on renewable energy, he carries with him the collective wisdom and support of his family, friends, teachers, and community. He extends his heartfelt gratitude to all who have contributed to his growth and success, and he wishes his fellow graduates of 2024 nothing but the best in their future endeavors.

Mr. Brian Connolly: Washingtonville High School Principal

A proud alumnus of Washingtonville High School's graduating class of 1987, Mr. Connolly shares a deep connection with both the town and the high school. After graduating from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY, he launched his teaching career as a Social Studies teacher at WHS in 1996. Mr. Connolly devoted his time to coaching football and baseball before transitioning into an administrative role as Assistant Principal. For the past decade, he has served as Principal of Washingtonville High School, instilling the mantra "Pride, Passion, and Purpose" in his students, while truly embodying the phrase, "Once a Wizard, Always a Wizard."

Dr. Larry Washington: Washingtonville Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Washington commenced his tenure as Superintendent in 2019. With over 25 years of experience in education, he previously served as Principal in the Warwick district and as Assistant Principal at Suffern High School in Rockland County. Dr. Washington earned a doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership from St. John's University and a Master's degree in School Administration and Supervision from Mercy College.