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Service, science and music helped this Gainesville senior flourish
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Gainesville High's Luca Bandini - photo by Scott Rogers

Luca Bandini has always felt the urge to give back. 

Bandini, a senior at Gainesville High School, has volunteered to build homes with Habitat for Humanity and give away food at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. 

“I think it’s just the way my parents raised me,” he said. “They taught me good values, to help people.”

Bandini’s giving nature, combined with his love for science, has led him to pursue a career in the medical field following his graduation from Gainesville. He said he’s not quite sure what specific career path he will take but believes he wants to start out as a physician assistant. 

Bandini was also a dual enrollment student at the University of North Georgia as a senior, and held a 3.71 GPA over the course of his high school career. He also has Asperger’s syndrome, a condition Bandini said has made staying focused in classes a challenge. 

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.

He said a strong support system in high school is what has kept him on top of his grades and in pursuit of his dreams.

“For me, it’s a lot of an attention disorder, so I will sometimes have trouble focusing,” he said. “But my parents and my teachers, really a lot of people in this school, have helped me out with overcoming that.” 

Bandini has always loved science, but he discovered a passion for music as well when he first picked up a trumpet in sixth grade.

He joined the middle school band and had his first opportunity to play with the Big Red marching band on eighth grade night in his last fall before enrolling at Gainesville High. From the first moment he took the field, Bandini knew he wanted to continue playing with the band in high school.

“You go out there with all of them for the first time, and you get to kind of experience a little bit of what they do,” he said. “It’s pretty exciting.” 

Bandini worked at the instrument throughout his high school career, improving his skills and making lifelong friends along the way. 

By his senior year, he was ready to move to section leader.

“I wanted to go further, and so I applied to be the section leader, and I got it,” he said. “As far as responsibilities, you have to teach the rest of the section how to do the marching stuff, how to play the music.” 

Between his music, his academics and the relationships he built over four years at Gainesville High, Bandini said the school played a major role in his formative years. 

No matter where he ends up, he said he’ll always be proud to be a Red Elephant and will never forget the people who made his high school experience special.

“Those high school years were really important for me to develop,” he said. “I’m going to have those friends forever. I’ll always remember the time I had there.” 

Gainesville High School graduating seniors

Angelica Abreu-Miranda

Lily Marie Adamson

Mireille Agbede

Arlett Aguilar

Evelyn Aguilar

Giovany Aguilar

Daisy Aguilera

Jose Manuel Aguilera

Abraham Aguirre

Ruth Phuna Akamba

Eddie Alarcon-Luna

Erik Alarcon-Luna

Saul Alba

Roosbelia Albarran

Yaneht Alberto

Natasha Carolina Alcazar

Anthony Alday

Vanessa Alfaro

Gustavo Alvarado

Vanessa Alvarado

Jacob Manuel Alvarez

Jose Alexandro Amezcua

Marcie Amezquita

Grayson Jayne Anderson

Alan Ulises Andrade Delgado

Brian Andrade

Isabella Mariah Appling

David Armenta

Karina M Arriaga

Javier Alexis Avelar-Turcios

Esbeydi Avellaneda

Destiny Elizabeth Avila

Lilibeth Ayala

Luis Manuel Azpeitia

Ashley Nayeli Baez

Alejandro Jose Balbaneda

Maritza Balcazar

Fatima Banda

Luca Bandini

Camryn Stefan Banks

Sarah Isabel Barrett

Anahi Becerril

Bailey Ann Becker

Harris Price Bell

Osvaldo Beltran

Isis Galilea Benitez

Jeremiah Jared Bennett

Autumn Angelina Blackmon

Beate Mbiya Bondo

Douglas Yoel Bonilla

Heidy Michelle Bonilla

Kenia A Bonilla

Lisceht Bonilla-Avelar

Ques D Borders

Brisa Paola Botello

Josephine Sarah Boyd

Stacey Bravo

J’Dahkiz D Brooks

Damon Joseph Brown

Dezmond Lee Brown

Datavian Treyshaad Buffington

Cristal Burciaga

Abraham Caballero

Joshua Ezequiel Calderon

Nayelly Janeth Calderon

Camille Laign Calkins

Demontae Antoine Cantrell

Shariah Cantrell

Kyah Alexia Danae Canty

Leslie Cardenas

Rony Bladimir Cardenas-Garcia

Luis Adrian Cardona

Martha Arianna Carrera 

Ana Patricia Carrion

Amearez Marquis Carroll

Marco Antonio Carvajal

Michelle Casillas

Caleigh Elizabeth Casper

Hilda Marisol Castellanos

Andy Castillo Rojas

Jennifer Juliana Castillo 

Juan Carlos Cavazos

Leandro Guadalupe Chavez-Rivera

Hyun Joong Choi

Elaine Co

Antoine Lamar Coleman

Martelle ToWayne Conner

Francisco Contreras

Maria Monzerath Contreras

Vianney Contreras

Angel Issac Cortes

Cristian Jesus Cortes

Alonso Cortez

Molly Reeves Couvillon

Jacques Jerman Cox

Seth Grayson Cox

Juan Jose Cruz

Sandra Jazmin Cruz-Perez

Valentin Cuevas

Daisie Loota Daisie

Dionte J Daniel

Logan Revell Davis 

Jose Delgado

Christian Thomas Diaz

Tessa Marie Diaz

Johnny Tim Dinh

Walter Lee Dixon

Jonathan Jason Dobbins

Brian Don

Hannah Marie Edwards

Danna Z Elizondo

Ali’cia Tonee Ellison

Darius Ellison

Sterling Price Embry

Dravin Ryan-Scott Emmett

Robert Enriquez

Pedro Junior Espinoza

Kevin Josue Euceda Diaz

Jade Fajardo

Abigail Felix

Luis Roberto Fernandez

Connor Evan Christian Fletcher

Estefani Michell Flores Ortiz

Gisel Flores

Denisse Flores-Lucio

Emma Marie Fockele

Isabella Grace Folger

Indira Noely Francia Constansa

Donsha Tamek Gaither

Ricardo Guillermo Galaviz

Jeynci Xiomara Galo

Angeles DeJesus Galvan

Jhexon Josue Galvez

Andrea Juliana Garcia

Anthony J Garcia

Brandon Alfonso Garcia

Jasmin Esmeralda Garcia

Jessica Garcia

Jose Ramiro Garcia

Josue Eduardo Garcia

Rashel Garcia

David Abel Garcia-Aguilar

Alicia Gabriela Garcilazo Martinez

Alexander Garita

Elizabeth I Garrido

Emily R Gaydon

Joshua Myron Gearing

David W Gille

Hailey Leighann Glasper

Leah Natalia Godina

Daniel Gomez

Juan Ramon Gomez

Adriana Paola Gonzalez

Elias Gonzalez

Luz Karina Gonzalez

Nickolas Enrique Gonzalez

Saul Uriel Gonzalez

Jennifer Gordillo

Teyana Niasia Shyveair Green

Abigail Anne Griffin

Bradley Luke Griffin

Cheyenne Amber Gross

Marcos Gabriel Guerrero

Oziel Guevara

Maria Esther Gutierrez

Farah Sarah Haddad

Laura Poleth Hernandez Garcia

Irving Daniel Hernandez Roman

Alex Hernandez

Alexandra Michelle Hernandez

Ashley Nohemi Hernandez

Carlos Armando Hernandez

Cristian Hernandez

Jennifer Hernandez

Lesly Hernandez

Manuela Hernandez

Natalie Hernandez

Saira Hernandez

Cynthia Michelle Herrera

Thomas Jackson Hickerson

Litzy Mariela Hilario

Zayne Thomas Hilderbrand

Asaiah Avionna Hill

Lavoy Deshaun Hill

Nolan Alexander Duong Hinshaw

Shemar Nicolaas Hodge

Margot Camille Holcomb

Kamesha Nicole Howard

Kaitlen Grace Hughes

Sierra Hope Hyatt

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Trenton DeShawn Jackson

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Corey Dean Jenrette

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Jayme Ann Jones 

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Nancy Dennis Juarez

Sandra Joselyn Juarez

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Ashley Lagunas

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Erik Leon

Oscar Leon

Cathy Lin

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Juana Alexandra Lopez Rodriguez

Bryan Roberto Lopez

Ismael Lopez

Jesus Lopez

Ricardo Francisco Lopez

Tiana Olivia Lord

Victoire Luzolana Lukasi

Angel Alberto Luna

Grace Macauley

Lucia Anna Machado Pugliese

Kenneth Joashim Maldonado Galvez

Narelyn Mariela Maldonado Zavala

Alex Dadier Maldonado

Daniela Maldonado

Jonathan Marceleno

Jennifer Marcos

Marion Jane Marquis

Adriana Idaly Marrufo

Armando Martinez

Christopher Martinez

Jose Juan Martinez

Karina Martinez

Nathali Yaretzi Martinez

Raul Martinez

Beau Nicholas Mason

Michael Cole Mcabee

Madison Lee-Ann McKiddy

Eudy Eduardo Medina

Jacqueline Medina

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Jesus Medrano

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Gerson Fernando Mendez Rodriguez

Briana Lisbeth Mendez-Velasquez

Luis Angel Mendiola

Hunter Keith Mendizabal

Erika Vanessa Mendoza

John McKinley Mercer

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Naydelin Mondragon

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Dylan Jacob Nesbit

Anna Marie Newkirk

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Jasmine Nguyen

Ryan Nguyen

Salena Suong Nguyen

Julissa Hannah Nix

Reponse Niyonsenga

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Alex Nunez

Dylan Nunez

Isahi Enrique Nunez

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Matthew Perez

Rebecca Perez

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Lindsey Paige Phillips

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Cristian Ramirez

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Miguel Angel Ramirez

Jose Roberto Ramirez-Salazar

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Jada Kiara Rucker

Anna Marissa Ruiz

Oscar Uriel Salazar Gomez

Jose Eduardo Salazar

Alejandro Salcido

Ashley Sanchez Cruz

Daniel Sanchez

Fatima Sanchez

Ivana Sanchez

Jesus Ignacio Sanchez

Vanessa Belen Sanchez

Brisa Guadalupe Sanchez-Guerrero

Miguel Angel Santana

Estefany Santiago

Joseph A Santillan

Anahi Santoyo

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Makius Scott

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