The Edmond Sun


May 17, 2014

Local schools salute graduating seniors

EDMOND — Area public and private schools are saluting student scholars as they prepare for the next stage in life.

For graduating seniors, many high school memories will last a lifetime. They might include experiences with friends, favorite teachers and favorite classes, challenging subjects, studying hard and taking tests, a sweetheart, joining a student club or organization and watching or participating in athletics.

In Edmond, families will be attending graduation ceremonies at 10 a.m. (North, 564 seniors), 2 p.m. (Memorial, 518 seniors) and 6 p.m. (Santa Fe, 520 seniors) Saturday at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

Edmond also will have an alternate graduation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 at Santa Fe High School, 1901 W. 15th St. The ceremony is for students from all three high schools who cannot attend the May 17 ceremony due to their participation in OSSAA athletic events that are scheduled on that day.

Neither ceremony requires an admission ticket.    

The district will celebrate the achievements of more than 1,600 seniors, a class which includes 106 valedictorians and 23 salutatorians, Edmond Public Schools spokeswoman Susan Parks-Schlepp said. To date, members of the 2014 class have been offered nearly $27 million dollars in scholarships.

Edmond honors both valedictorians, an academic title conferred upon the highest performing students in a class, and salutatorians, students ranked second-highest in a graduating class.

Edmond students will be attending colleges and universities including Harvard, MIT, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Cornell and Duke, said Debbie Bendick, executive director of EPS’ secondary education.

“By all common measures, from exceptionally healthy graduation rates to the number of students graduating with honors, Edmond students continue to make their mark on Oklahoma’s academic landscape,” Bendick said.

Bendick said an equally compelling story is told by the number of service-related scholarships including those to the nation’s military academies.

Edmond Public Schools Superintendent David Goin also praised student achievements.

“These students have demonstrated exceptional dedication in their academic endeavors,” Goin said. “They are to be commended for their passion, determination and focus. We are so proud of them and look forward to seeing what they will accomplish in the future."

Deer Creek Public Schools families will celebrate graduation at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Cox Convention Center.

Deer Creek Superintendent Ranet Tippens said the district celebrates the many achievements of this outstanding group of its seniors knowing they will make a difference in the world.

“Year end and graduation are a time of mixed emotions,” Tippens said. “We are excited about the future of our seniors and yet we are sad to see them go.”

Members of the Oklahoma Christian School community will celebrate commencement from 7-9 p.m. May 22 at the LifeChurch auditorium. With 73 graduating and 17 valedictorians, OCS has the largest group of valedictorians in the school’s history.   

“I’m very proud of this graduating class,” said OCS Headmaster Al King. “They are heading to universities and colleges in and outside the state of Oklahoma. I’m most impressed with their interest in making an impact for Christ in whatever field they pursue in the coming years.”

Commencement for Oklahoma Christian Academy graduating seniors was Friday in the school’s auditorium. | 341-2121, ext. 108



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