There isn’t a feeling quite like graduating from high school and knowing the real world is out there to greet you. With a mixed bag of emotions, CEC Middle College sent its Class of 2013 out into that world on Wednesday as they finished their final classes, walked across the stage receiving diplomas and bid each other farewell. It was a bittersweet day. But it was also a day that both staff and students could be proud of as this class was a landmark one for the school, with accomplishments exceeding even the highest of expectations.
Principal Scott Springer gave an inspiring speech as he shared the achievements of this year’s class, making those who attended graduation certain that these students have bright futures ahead and that CEC is a school that is truly doing its part to prepare students for success.
Following are just a few of the superlatives Mr. Springer shared with the staff, students and their families:
The class of 2013 is the largest graduating class to date of the CEC Middle College at just under 100 students.
As juniors, they attained the highest ACT scores ever at CEC.
In Scholarships—Two years ago the class of ’11 earned $370,000. The class of 2012 earned $731,000 and this year the class of 2013 was awarded $1,795,000 in scholarships ($900,000 was awarded by the Denver Scholarship Foundation)
An unprecedented three students earned the prestigious Daniels Fund Scholarship which covers full tuition, lodging and travel for four years.
In College Credit—This class earned over 1,500 semester hours of college credit, equaling 466 college classes, which adds up to over $180,000 in college tuition. Sixty-seven students are graduating with 12 college credits or more. Three students went well above and beyond: Two students, Ana Silvia and Lizette Loya have graduated with over 40 college credits. Luis Vazquez graduated with 38 college credits and is one class short of a certificate in Architecture Design.
Phi Theta Kappa—19 seniors qualified for this Community College of Denver honor organization, which means they took a minimum of 12 college credits and have a college GPA of 3.5 or higher.
College Acceptance: All students were accepted to CCD and 87 students were accepted to two colleges or more.
First Robotics: This year was the first year in the history of CEC, the school brought home a school Championship. CEC’s Robotics team won the National competition, which earned them a spot to represent the school in the World Competition in St. Louis in April. Many of the team members were seniors.
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