Floyd Academy principal John DeBenedetto pictured with six Floyd Academy graduates

Pictured from left to right are 2020 graduates Devon Mussi-Castillo, Josue Jalapa Cruz, Jennifer Moreno, Jodie-Anne Santos, Malachi Lynch and Joseph Manzella Jr. with Floyd Academy principal John DeBenedetto.

The Floyd Academy recently hosted a luncheon to celebrate its  January graduates, 12 students who have officially completed the requirements to attain their high school diplomas and will have the opportunity to walk with fellow graduates at the June graduation ceremony. For this festive occasion, students gathered with family members, teachers, members of the Board of Education and district administration to celebrate their accomplishments. The luncheon was catered by the Floyd Academy faculty and staff. 


Principal stands next to student with certificate

Floyd Academy principal John DeBenedetto pictured with 2020 graduate Shataya Titus.

“Graduation is a reminder that with determination and support, anything is possible,” said John DeBenedetto, principal, Floyd Academy, in his remarks. “Most importantly, graduation affirms that with the right support, maintaining a sense of determination and focus, you can achieve your goals in life.” 


Mr. DeBenedetto continued, “Each of you experienced a different journey to today’s destination. Some jumped over hurdles, while others meandered around obstacles, and some had to climb over barriers, all in effort to arrive at your destination - graduation. Seniors, share the story of your journey…it will motivate and inspire future students who enter through the doors of the Floyd Academy.” 


Congratulations to the following graduates and newest William Floyd alumni: Josue Jalapa Cruz, Malachi Lynch, Courtney Lynch, Joseph Manzella Jr., Elijah McKinney, Jennifer Moreno, Devon Mussi-Castillo, Jodie-Ann Santos, Benjamin Spera, Shataya Titus, Skyla Tufarella and Nyisha Wack.


About the Floyd Academy
The Floyd Academy is an alternative education program to help students succeed in a non-traditional school setting. Established in September 2016, the Floyd Academy serves approximately 75 students in grades 10 through 12, and provides a safe and nurturing environment that provides students with the opportunity to develop positive and trusting relationships. It is not punitive, students who have a desire to be successful and have faced challenges in their school and/or personal lives can apply. Participation in the Floyd Academy is a privilege, and, due to overwhelming interest and limited capacity, there is a waiting list. The district and community have shown overwhelming support for this program, and the Floyd Academy continues to work with students to help them achieve their goals.

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