As president of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board, and with my fellow board members, I last month congratulated each senior and handed them their diplomas as they walked across the historic graduation platform. That walk is of course very important to them. It represents four years of study, work and friendship both enjoyable and difficult.
As we congratulate our 374 seniors, let me summarize their accomplishments by sharing with you their statistics.
The Class of 2010 was accepted to more than 220 colleges and universities across our nation. Their choices were elegantly displayed on their decorated graduating caps, a special tradition at La Cañada High. We have 13 National Merit Scholars. Amazingly, 99 students, more than one-fourth of the class, maintained a grade-point average of 4.0 or higher.
This Class of 2010 has been offered more than $3 million in scholarships and grants, a well-deserved tribute and an appreciated boost as they begin their college financial challenges.
For the first time, families of the graduates donated to the La Cañada Educational Foundation as a thank you for the education their children received and to help provide a continued quality school experience for upcoming students. The parents' contributions totaled more than $30,000.
Also, the eighth-graders were promoted to begin their high school years with ninth grade. In their class of 364 students, 134 earned membership in the California Scholastic Federation, 26 led their peers by serving in the Associated Student Body, and 77 participated in band, orchestra or choir. At the same time, 218 have been athletes, 35 have been involved in performing arts, and 150 have been members of campus activity clubs that serve the community and indeed the world.
Many of you reading this have been instrumental in helping our students as they progress. Many of you appreciate knowing of the accomplishments of graduates in your neighborhood. All of you can be very proud of the hard work, energies and talents that these statistics illustrate.
It is an honor to accept these students, very well qualified, for graduation and promotion.
JEANNE BROBERG is president of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board. She can be reached at email@example.com.