St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory School held its first graduation ceremony May 16 at the Xavier University Convocation Center. The school was founded last year in response to news that Xavier University Preparatory School was to be closed. Drexel occupies the same location at 5116 Magazine St.

Principal Cheryllyn Branche and President Joseph E. Peychaud Jr. presented diplomas to the 60 graduates.

The valedictorian was Cha’Von Foxhall, daughter of Theresa Jefferson and Robert Jefferson. Foxhall is a member of the National Honor Society and was selected as an “A+ Athlete” by WWL-TV. She earned the highest class average in English, mathematics, piano and social studies. Cha’Von was enrolled in concurrent studies, where she earned college credits from Xavier University of Louisiana.

The salutatorian was Imani Brisco, daughter of Teshia Hardesty Brisco and David Brisco. She earned the highest class average in science.

HONOR GRADUATES: Imani A. Brisco, Ijerna J. Donaldson, Cha’Von R. Foxhall, Malani A. Gibson, Javion A. Gutter, Unique T. Hayes, Kia M. Jackson, Nakeisha D. Joiner, Denicka D. Wilson and D’Shon D. Wright.

ALSO GRADUATING: L’oreal Armstead, Brianne A. Badie, Christianne M. Baulden, Bria J. Bradford, Dominique C. Caston, Kalin M. Chinn, Andia M. Christopher, Jada M. Clark, Tyler C. Comeaux, Cierra R. Cyres, Christian X. Divens, Destiny M. Dupard, Maya G. Evans, Robyn-Nicole B. Faulcon, Quanica S. Franklin, Talyah A. Gilbert, Gabriella J. Gill, Kaitlin H. Graham, Aslynn L. Harrison, Kaitlynn A. Hedman, Kourtlynn A. Hedman, Paris D. Hillard, Lenai’ J. Hubbard, Janaé D. Hurst,Kristen I. Jackson, Kourtney M. Jenkins, Arielle B. Joseph, Briché X. Kirklin, Arielle P. Laurent, Kayla A. Leonard, Ayana D. Lindsey, Whitney M. Merritt, Olivia L. Mixon, Tiranee M. Moody, Chelsea M. Nicholas, Sydney T. Pitts, Kimani L. Ramee, Shannon S. Ray, Sydney E. Rhodes, Ky’Neisha K. Rivers, Briana M. Roberts, Antonetya J. Ross, Chantal M. Smith, Rian D. Victorian, Amber N. Walker, LaNe’sha D. Warren, Alexus D. Wells, Ky’lia J. Williams and Tia B. Young.