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Johnson High grad builds promising future with his own two hands
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Johnson High's Hunter Stansbury - photo by Scott Rogers

Hunter Stansbury figured out at a young age that he likes to work with his hands. 

As a kid, Stansbury would go over to his grandfather’s house and help out with whatever odd job needed to be done. Sometimes, the pair would fix something that was broken, and sometimes they would build something new. 

During one of those visits, Stansbury, a Johnson High senior, decided he would one day start his own construction company. Now, he plans to pursue that dream after graduation.

“I would be doing that a lot, and I kind of got used to it and attached to stuff like that,” he said. “I was like, this might be something nice to do as a career when I’m a little older, because I’m a little familiar with it. I felt like it would be a good thing to do.”

Stansbury knew he would have to work hard to achieve his goal, so he decided he would start making it happen. 

Class of 2020

The Times puts together this special senior recognition each year, highlighting a few standout stories from our local seniors, but this year we’ve added graduation lists from our local schools in an effort to honor as many graduates as we can. We hope you’re inspired by these stories and join us in celebrating the class of 2020. You can view these stories online as well as upcoming photo coverage of this year's graduation ceremonies.

As a junior, in addition to a job at Hardee’s, he picked up a second job painting houses for his girlfriend’s father. 

Working two jobs was difficult but nothing Stansbury couldn’t handle. 

“I’m still young, so there was a lot I wanted to do, like go out, have fun with friends and buy stuff,” he said.  “But I was like, do your job and school. I’ll give it a try and see how things go.”

Much of Stansbury’s motivation came from his parents. 

His mother and father both dropped out of high school to better take care of him, he said. Whenever the pressures of school and work started to become overwhelming, Stansbury said he would just think of them and things would suddenly become more manageable.

“To me, it feels really good, because I know that they’re proud of me,” he said.

The stress of school and work were plenty to challenge Stansbury throughout his high school career, but his life was further complicated in the middle of his senior year when his mother, Robin, was diagnosed with breast cancer. 

“My first reaction was it was kind of shocking,” he said. “You never think it will happen to you.”

Stansbury immediately took over household responsibilities like grocery shopping, cleaning the house and making sure his 14-year-old sister stayed on top of her schoolwork. He even tried cooking on a few occasions, though admitted “that didn’t go very well.”

“I didn’t want anything to be hard on (my mom), or stressing her out over me and my sister doing anything wrong or messing up in school or anything, or her having to clean the house or anything,” I wanted to make sure all the stress and everything was off of her.”

Stansbury remained focused on school and received enough credits to graduate in December, becoming the first member of his family to earn a high school diploma. He now paints houses full time while trying to earn enough money to start his construction business. 

It’s been a difficult journey for Stansbury, but he said he is proud of how far he’s come.

“There were a couple times where I would get stressed out and it was like, ‘oh, I don’t want to do this,’” he said. “But I pushed through it all and I made it. It just feels good that I didn’t give up.”

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Johnson High's Hunter Stansbury - photo by Scott Rogers

Johnson High School graduating seniors

A tentative list provided by Hall County Schools

Juliza Abrego 

Christopher Acosta-Pineda 

Shaun Aaron Adams 

Dakota Louis Adway 

Cindy Aguilar 

Daniel Fernando Aleman 

Jaylen Elizabet Almendarez 

Andre Isaac Alonso 

Juan Alva 

Emilio Alejandro Alvarado 

Luis Alberto Alvarado 

Juan Leopoldo Alvarez 

Stacey Alvarez-Guel 

Angel Izael Amezcua 

Juan Antonio 

Alberto Alexander Arellano 

Adrian Arevalo Jr. 

Carla Cecilia Avalos 

Bryan Antoni Ayala 

Jaime Baeza Jr 

Adrian Barocio 

Oscar Baten 

Mejia Alfredo Bautista Jr. 

Ashley Estephania Beltran 

Amy Berry 

Najely Bonilla, in memoriam 

Paula Isabel Bonilla 

Ruth Cecibel Bonilla Acosta 

Carsen Wesley Bordelon 

Robert Benjamin Brady 

Andrea Joselin Brambila Silva 

Sara Harper Brandon 

Ashley Susan Brock 

Alexis Danielle Bryson 

Haylie Anne Bullock 

Nolan Seth Bullock 

Kayla Cabrera 

Mayra Lizbeth Cabrera Aguirre 

Maya Nicole Caler 

Enrique Filimon Camacho 

Melissa Camacho 

Corina Campa 

Michael Anthony Campbell 

Josue Abraham Campos 

Jose Angel Campos Lopez 

Brayden Daniel Carr 

Valentin Carrillo 

Brandon Casanova 

Rogelio Casas Vela 

Alex Casillas 

Isaias Castaneda 

Jennifer Castaneda 

Joshua Castillo 

Citlalli Castrejon Cruz 

Abigail Elizabeth Catledge 

Jazmin Cerda 

Karla Michelle Cerda 

Juan Jesus Cervantes-Robelo 

Marlene Chavez 

Skylin Chavez 

Diego Chavez Rodriguez 

Elmer Alexys Chavez-Ortiz 

Alonzo Chavez-Salcido 

Lauren Amanda Coker 

Gabriela Alexandra Contreras 

Ricky Contreras 

Cinthya Marilyn Contreras Madrigal 

Kiley Nichole Cook 

Jafet Guadalupe Coronel Almaguer 

Alexander Arturo Corso, in memoriam  

Alexis Shiane Cruz 

Adara Abigail Cuevas 

Benito De Leon Jr. 

James David Dean 

Cristina Del Rio 

Nigeria Shakina Demory 

Abigale Elizabeth Derusha 

Edwin Harrison Deshazo 

Kathryn Anne Dewhirst 

Jaime Eduardo Diaz 

Karen Melissa Diaz 

Katherine Michelle Diaz 

Lisbed Dominguez-Aguilar 

Dylan Chandler Dunham 

Lydia Marie Ebbs 

Joshua Wesley Edge 

Alfredo Elias 

Michelle Elias 

Gisselle Danielle Escalante 

Yanci Damaris Escobar Lopez 

Gage Daniel Escoe 

Andrea Espino-Diaz 

Steven Ray Eury II 

Alivia Mckenzie Farley 

Taylor Elizabeth Farmer 

Zachary Scott Fine 

Andrea Concepcion Flores 

Joshua Ray Flores 

Justin Erik Flores 

Raul Alberto Flores 

Jaime Flores Montano 

Edwin Kevin Flores-Aguilar 

Saul Abraham Fraile 

Pedro Jared Gaona-Carrizales 

Aaliyah Nikole Garcia 

Abigail Garcia 

Ithzell Athziry Garcia 

Jennifer Andrea Garcia 

Jorge Lizandro Garcia 

Jose Carlos Garcia 

Brianna Nicole Garrett 

Sergio Francisco Gaytan Jr. 

Einstein Godoy 

Claudia Belen Gomez 

Jose Luis Gomez Jr. 

Ashley Ximena Gomez Escamilla 

Jazmyn Aalaiyah Gooch 

Landon D. Willliam Gooch 

Keylly Anay Granados 

Emma Channing Grizzle 

Stacy Guerrero 

Eduardo Gutierrez 

Jesse Michael Harbin 

Alfredo Haros-Rodriguez Jr. 

Ellie Caroline Hayes 

Anahi Hernandez 

Araceli Hernandez 

Fernando Hernandez 

Hannah Isabel Hernandez 

Henry Josue Hernandez 

Jema Hernandez 

Jose Luis Hernandez 

Maritza Gesel Hernandez 

Roberto Hernandez 

Roxana Hernandez 

Tania Hernandez 

Erik Edel Hernandez Acosta 

Daisy Maria Hernandez-Penaloza 

Damaris Jaqueline Herrera Venegas 

Audrey Ann Higgins 

Molly Rae Holcomb 

Johnathon David House 

Destiny Nicole Hudson 

Zachary Tyler Iona 

Caleb Tyrayus Jackson 

Sugei Jaramillo 

Nahomy Jazzyn Jimenez 

Da’mondre Dosean Monqueil Will Johnson 

Vashon Shamont Johnson 

Hannah Catherine Jones 

Kaitlyn Nicole Jordan 

Josue Cristian Juarez 

Karen Daniela Juarez Alvarado 

Nancy Juarez Antonio 

Deago Shavonte Kelly Jr. 

Hannah Louise Kelly 

Wynne Diane Kelly 

Joseph Robert Key 

Sarah Quinn Kudyba 

James Marshall Lancaster 

Denilson Dimetrio Landaverde 

Addisyn Mae Langley 

Anna Cristina Lara 

Caleb Anthony Laurie 

Thien Loc Le 

Noemi Leal-Lara 

Fernando Leon Arroyo 

Abbie Marie Lepkoske 

Ahmad Abdul Lewis-Johnson 

Diego Limon 

Thomas Bynum Loggins 

Hunter James Long 

Elias Enrique Lopez 

Felix Osvaldo Lopez 

Nanci Lopez Espinoza 

Jesus Lopez Pascual 

Jose Julian Lopez Perez 

Cristian Lopez-Barrietos 

Yeiri Lopez-Rubio 

Karina Lozano 

Veronica Madrigal 

Ethan Jacob Mann 

Alejandro Marceleno 

Daniel Marceleno 

Felipe Marin Lopez 

Spencer Devon Marsingill 

Joshua Akira Marti 

Mason Isaac Martin 

Cesar Adrian Martinez 

Yasmin Rubi Martinez 

Roxana Yamileth Martinez Rivas 

Mariana Elizabeth Mayo Gonzalez 

McKayla Antonia Marie McClain 

Emily Anne McConnell 

Moises Medina 

Viviana Medina-Mota 

Neida Medrano 

Jenny Lissette Medrano Espinoza 

Brittany Itzel Mendoza 

Joahan Ivan Mendoza 

Johnathan Mendoza 

Johnny Merales 

Izly Xelex Meraz 

Kaitlyn Jade Miller 

Isabel Angela Miranda 

Janetzy Betzabe Mojica 

Oswaldo Molina 

Patrick Molina Garcia 

Samantha Molina Garcia 

Marcia Veronica Mora 

Lizbeth Morales 

Jorge Antonio Morfin-Minero 

Juan Diego Muniz 

Julissa Muniz 

Miguel Angel Muniz 

Judit Murillo 

Arely Navarro 

Jose Guadalupe Negrete Zavala 

Linda Thi Ngo 

Roberto Noriega Jr. 

Joshua Pierre Norman 

Abigail Olguin 

Jesus David Olivas Rodriguez 

Rudy Delfino Orosco 

Jesus Eduardo Orta 

Amelia Meili Paris 

Christopher Tyler Parker 

Kaylie Marie Patterson 

Megan Nichole Paul 

Cody Thomas Peck 

Daisy Perez 

Dayana Morelia Perez 

Elizabeth Perez 

Ruben Perez III 

Halley Mackenzie Pittman 

Juan Jesus Pizano 

Jared Oscar Portillo 

Clark Gabriel Quinton 

Esmeralda Alyssa Ramirez 

Odalis Graciela Ramirez Campos 

Lady Paola Ramirez Pina 

Fernando Elias Ramirez Vargas 

Alyssa D’Marie Ramos 

Christopher Antonio Rangel 

Ainsley Grace Ray 

Esmeralda Razo 

Rolando Razo 

Brittney Alexis Rebollar 

Jennifer Janet Rebollar 

Isaiah Tyree Reddick 

Maria Jose Rendon Vargas 

Joselyn Resendiz 

Ashley Reyes 

Cindy Stephanie Reyes 

Lisbeth Reyes 

Paola Vanesa Reyes 

Pedro Luis Reyes 

Macayla Marie Riddle 

Luis Carlos Rios 

Fernando Rivas Jr. 

Jessica Rivas 

Sandra Rivas 

Raina Faith Roberts 

Makayla Sheree Robinson 

John Axel Robles 

Jesus Alfredo Rocha Ramirez 

Ryan Rodas 

Cassandra Rodriguez 

Chloe Victoria Rodriguez 

Jazmin Isabel Rodriguez 

Adrian Rodriguez Espinoza 

Karina Rodriguez-Hernandez 

Ivan Rosales 

Dionicio Ruiz Jr. 

Anthony Sagrero 

Kimberly Alexa Salas 

Daniel Sanchez 

Jaime Lisette Sanchez 

Michael Giovanni Sanchez 

Tatenda Sangweme 

Liliana Marilu Santos 

Ivan Santoyo 

Alex Raymundo Saucedo 

Andrew Robert Scharmer 

Adrian Segovia 

Jessica Payton Shifflett 

Melissa Silva 

DeAaron Christopher Smith 

Victoria Nikol Smith 

Bishop Jaquan Spencer 

Hunter Allen Stansbury 

Donell Maruice Strickland 

Jawon Antonio Strickland 

Jackelyn Paola Sujuy Zamora 

Kyle Alexander Szabo 

Roberto Carlos Tabares-Garcia 

Tytiana Aaliyah Teasley 

Kanaan Bryce Tenbroeck 

Catherine Grace Thompson 

Issac Sajid Tolentino 

Isidro Torres 

Sonia Janette Torres 

Trang Thanh Tran Huynh 

Sindy Trejo 

Delmy Josseline Turcios Perez 

Doris Nayely Turcios Velasquez 

Arturo Valdivia Arana 

Johane Steve Vargas 

Lizbet Vargas 

Maria Elvira Velasquez Turcios 

Carlos Velazquez 

Eduardo Velazquez 

Jose Velazquez-Robles 

Jesus Ignacio Vera 

Litzy Cassandra Vera 

Helen Thi Thi Viec 

Innis Evin Viera 

Liliana Marie Villegas 

Makayla Cepada Ware 

Alexander Roth Widstrom 

Abigail Grace Wilhite 

Heaven Quinntashia Wilkins 

Sarah Catherine Willard 

Sitlaly Yebra-Castillo 

Deshaun Jackson Young 

Salvador Omar Zuniga