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Actor John Ortiz has a message for the Class of 2022


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With graduation season drawing to a close, PeerForward is celebrating the accomplishments of our 2021-22 High School Peer Leaders. This year, Peer Leader teams rose to meet the continuing challenges of the pandemic, helping their classmates get to graduation with a plan for the future. Now they are officially PeerForward Alumni, and we can’t wait to see what comes next for them.

We’re not the only ones proud of the Class of 2022 – actor John Ortiz of Fast & Furious 6, Silver Linings Playbook, The Fallout, and more gave a special shoutout to Peer Leaders graduating from high school, college, and trade school this year. Watch his message below and check out some celebratory graduation photos:



Tatianna Crokley graduated from Science and Tech High School this spring. Tatianna chose between 12 college acceptances and will be starting her pre-med studies at Louisiana State University this fall!


Zion Upchurch and Jaden Whitaker graduated from Suitland High School, MD. Jaden sported a cap decorated to celebrate the perseverance of her class. Congrats graduates!


Thoby Laraque graduated in June from Coconut Creek High School in Florida with plans to join the United States military. We are so proud to have you among our alumni, Thoby!


Brendy Pastor is one of the latest graduates of the Public Service Community School in Los Angeles. Well done, Brendy!


The senior Peer Leader team at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland celebrated their graduation in June and are now proud members of the PeerForward alumni family. Huge congratulations to Maryanne, Blessing, Briana, and Augustina!


Congrats to the All Hallows senior Peer Leader team from New York – Kevy Arias, Edward Garcia, Eghan Zapata, and Ethen Ortiz. They have set an incredible example for next year’s Peer Leaders, and we wish them the best of luck on their postsecondary journeys!


Evan Thompson is among Friendship Tech Prep’s latest graduates. We are so proud of everything he and his team have accomplished this year!


Oneida Ramos graduated from Bladensburg High School in Maryland. Thanks to Oneida and the whole Bladensburg team for their amazing work this past year!


Congrats to Oxon Hill’s senior Peer Leaders: Jordan Dunston, Tatiana Croskey, and Laila Bryant! We are so excited to watch you thrive as PeerForward alumni.