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May 14, 2013

Graduates garner $4M in scholarships


A total of 307 Claremore High School seniors along with teachers, faculty, family and guests gathered for the school’s graduation ceremony Monday evening at Lantow Field.
The Class of 2013 received more than $4 million in scholarships, produced a National Merit Scholar, produced the school’s 36th Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic All-State recipients as well as two Gates Millenium Scholarship winners, said CHS Principal Todd Steidley.
“This class has accomplished greatness,” said Steidley. “I am humbled to be your principal.”
The class average ACT score was 22.1 and 21 seniors made at least a score of 30. 
Four of the 25 valedictorians, as well as the class president, offered some words of wisdom to fellow graduates and thanked those who inspired them most. Valedictorian speakers included — Felicity Owens, Jeremiah Hurd, Bailey Wilton and Alyssa Hostler.
Valedictorian Owens mentioned her trips to the Technology Student Association with “local legend” and CHS Technology Teacher David Isenbart. 
“Every time he would point out and say ‘getting there is half the fun,’” said Owens.  “Whatever the case, I found out that the journey is almost always the most memorable part of any experience. Not only in TSA, but in every endeavor.” 
She said graduation is no different. “It was all of the moments before today that brought us to this place,” Owens said.
Valedictorian Hostler said alone each student looks pretty good, but together the class is indescribable.
“Together we have formed a network of persons working to achieve greatness in a multitude of fields, creating a name for ourselves and for the school whose colors we bare,” she said. 
“Alone we couldn’t have done it. Our lives have been about each other and for those who have poured into us.”
Senior Class President Jose Alvarez offered students a reminder as they enter the world through separate journeys.
“It’s not where you have been or where you are now. It’s about who you want to become and where you want to be,” he said. “Set long-term goals and strive to achieve those goals.”
Superintendent Mike McClaren congratulated seniors and presented the first diploma to Alvarez.  McClaren said with the accolades in front of him, he is expecting a lot from the senior class.

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