According to Highlands School principal, Brian Jetter, all 33 students from the graduating class of 2011 have been accepted to college.
“This is certainly a remarkable accomplishment,” noted Jetter of a class set to soar to the heavens, many of whom have attended Highlands School since kindergarden. “Academically, we had some very, very gifted students this year. Their strength in academics will serve them well.”
At the school’s graduation ceremony, held on Saturday, June 11, Marlena Deidre Mc- Call was recognized as the Highlands School 2011 Class Valedictorian. Samuel David Wheeler is the class Salutatorian.
Among the scholars at Highlands School are also two students who may delay their academic studies while serving our country as soldiers. Both Spencer Houston and José Feria are considering joining the Marine Corps.
The class also produced some exceptional athletes. Jetter noted that this year’s record, due in part to the leadership of its seniors, included strong showings by boys soccer, which made it to the third round of the state playoffs, and by girls volleyball, which made it to the third round of the “Sweet Sixteen” championship.
“As they get out into the real world, they’re going to come across obstacles and opportunities on the way to their dreams,” Jetter said. “I hope that because of their experiences and the knowledge that they have gained at Highlands School, over the last 13 years for many of them, they will be able to overcome those obstacles and embrace those opportunities, and I think they will achieve their dreams.”
2010 Homecoming Court (front row, L-R) Courtney Rogers, Taylor Buras, Marlee McCall and Valerie Shelton; (back row, L-R) Josh De La Cruz, Spencer Houston, Collin Taylor and Cord Strawn. The Homecoming Dance held Dec. 4, at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. The theme was “Candyland.”