Pomp and Circumstance? How about the Harlem Shake?
All 252 students making up the Southwestern High School Class of 2013 opted to let loose Friday evening with their own version of the dance craze that has been at the top of viral video searches for months now in celebration of their move from high school and into the world beyond.
And why shouldn’t they? This year’s class graduates saw an impressive 199 of its members graduate as college and career ready, which means they’re prepared to take the next step in either post-secondary education or a chosen career. The initiative is the center of Kentucky’s newest testing system, and local high schools strive to prepare their students for the first step beyond high school.
But that isn’t the only claim to fame the SWHS Class of 2013 can boast.
“Over the years, we’ve seen academic success with a record number of governor’s scholars, high (Advanced Placement) pass rates, and millions of dollars in scholarships earned, along with success in other areas, like high community involvement, and sports with a national cheerleading championship victory,” said Class President Cory Owens during his humorous, yet insightful address. “I am proud to be a part of the Southwestern class of 2013.”
Class Salutatorian Marie Angeles shed more light on those achievements, stating that the class sent no fewer than 15 students through the stringent Kentucky Governors’ Scholar program in summer 2012, had 38 students pass the Advanced Placement U.S. History test (which earned those students college credits), saw the volleyball team attend five state championships, and watched as the Southwestern High School Cheerleading Team – with several seniors on board – brought home a national championship.
“ … We became bound and determined to become the best class that this school has ever graduated, and we did,” said Angeles, to cheers from her classmates. “We began … with high expectations and even higher dreams.”