Brentwood High School Celebrates the Class of 2022

Two students in graduation caps and gowns

May 18, 2022

Students in Brentwood High School’s 94th graduating class were awarded more than $2.3 million in scholarships this year, Principal Dr. Ed Johnson said during the school’s commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 14 in the BHS Auditorium.

Of the 54 graduates in the Class of 2022, 43 plan to attend a two- or four-year college. In addition, five graduates have applied for postsecondary support through Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation, which specializes in employment and training services for students receiving special education services.

Senior speakers Da’Marion Pierce-Williams and Nirmita Vijayalingam challenged classmates to use their high school experiences to make an impact on the future. Pierce-Williams spoke to the Class of 2022 about emotional intelligence and perseverance.

“Don’t give up that hope. Don’t crack under pressure. Take that risk that makes you feel special. Hold on to what makes that special someone feel special. Hold on to that determination and run with it, and I promise you, you will flourish,” Pierce-Williams said.

Vijayalingam encouraged her classmates to use their voices to make the world a better place.

“We are a group of incredible leaders who believe and advocate for so many good things. We have the power to use our voices to make a difference in the world, and we have never backed down in the face of a challenge,” Vijayalingam said.

Seniors Quynh Vo and Penelope Herrera described overcoming the obstacles created by the COVID-19 pandemic in their senior class opening and closing remarks.

“We have lived through a future history book chapter,” Vo said.

“These major events have helped shape us into more flexible, patient and persevering young adults, and there is no way we will ever be able to forget them,” Herrera added.

The Class of 2022 was awarded 86 scholarships, including 32 A+ Program candidates and four Missouri Bright Flight recipients. Seven students received National Career Readiness Certificates, five students completed career and technical education programs, four students earned the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy and two students committed to play sports in college.

This year’s class also includes 18 National Honor Society members, six German Honor Society members, six Honor Thespians, five Spanish Honor Society members and three French Honor Society members.

Brentwood High School Class of 2022: By the Numbers

  • Graduates: 54
  • Graduates attending college: 43
    • Four-year colleges: 33
    • Two-year colleges: 10
  • Programs of advanced training: 1
  • Employment: 7
  • Undecided: 3