Out of a class of 696 graduating seniors, 654 participated in community service projects and 294 students performed over 100 hours of service, she added.
Evans said this type of dedication and service is why U.S. News and World Report has listed CVHS in the top 5% of high schools in the nation.
Clark Magnet High School seniors also celebrated their commencement on June 19. During the graduation, Glendale school board member Chakib Sambar pointed out that Clark’s graduation rate is the highest and best in the nation. Out of 223 seniors, 222 graduated. The magnet high school draws students from throughout the Glendale district.
The next morning, June 20, eighth-graders from Rosemont Middle School and their parents braved the sweltering heat as they listened to the administration applaud those who had donated community service hours and earned academic honors. The ceremony was bittersweet as the audience listened to outoing Principal Sally Buckley give her last promotion address.
Whenever she took the podium, she struggled to get through the announcement without tearing up, but when she gave her traditional goodbye speech to her last eighth grade class she had to stop often to compose herself.
“Take control of your life by taking control of your attitude. Remember success is not luck, it comes from hard work, perseverance and integrity,” she told her students. “Don’t confuse feelings with facts. Don’t confuse fun with happiness. Don’t confuse pleasure with fulfillment, and don’t sacrifice a thousand tomorrows for just a few days. Almost nothing is as good or as bad as if first appears, and all things change.”
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