The 12 years of dedicating their time and effort toward academics came to a culminating night of funny stories, moments of inspiration and sincere words of gratitude, as Roosevelt High School recognized 75 of its top graduates on April 6. The campus was proud to announce that this year marked the highest number of Summa Cum Laude graduates to cross the stage, totaling to a 37% increase since last year.
Students graduate with the highest honors as a Summa by completing their high school education with a 100+ grade point average. These students reach these outstanding academic achievements while dedicating countless hours to volunteering, part-time jobs and extracurricular activities.
“The students here tonight represent years of hard work, commitment, dedication and achievement,” said Melvin Echard, Principal at Roosevelt. “Tonight we will recognize the accomplishments of these young men and women as they honor the person that made a significant impact to their educational goals.”
In addition to recognizing these 75 students, the evening was also about recognizing an educator in each of their lives who supported and encouraged them, inspired and cared for them. The summa graduates selected a special teacher they felt had a positive influence on their education in one form or another.
“We are so very proud of your academic accomplishments and we are proud of the decisions you have made in your educational career,” said Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, Superintendent of Schools. “To the honorees, which is a big reason why we are here tonight. I want to thank you for what you have done for these young people.”
In addition to family and friends, the campus welcomed special guests Board Secretary Sandy Hughey, Board Member Jim Wheat, Dr. Donna Newman, Associate Superintendent for Campus Administration and Human Resources, in addition to Sean Maika, Executive Director of School Administration.
Last, but certainly not least, a big congratulations went out to the parents for their diligence in caring for these successful students. Not hesitating to take on tough conversations to keep their kids on track throughout their academic career.
Posted on 04/07/2017