Describing all the accomplishments of Highlands Ranch High School’s class of 2013 would take a very long time, Principal Jerry Goings said.
“If I started to name off the number of unbelievable scholarships, you’d be writing several pages about our senior class,” he said. “This is an unbelievable class in terms of outstanding kids on the academic side. But not only that, this class is going down as the most civic-minded, responsible, nice group of kids. They are just so pleasant and so well-rounded.”
The graduates include two Boettcher scholarship winners: Floyd Pierce and Amy Chen. Chen was also honored with the U.S. Presidential Scholar award.
Overall, HRHS seniors have received a conservatively estimated $5 million in scholarships, and the tally still is growing.
Beyond their scholastic achievements, the seniors have changed the larger community. Students are required to log at least 20 community-service hours during their four years of high school, but several members of this class left that initial mandate in the dust.
“We have right at 20 kids that have served over 250 community service hours,” Goings said. “A couple of those students served over 1,000.”
Sad as he is to see them go, Goings looks forward to hearing back from the members of the class of 2013.
“I tell you, they’re going to do amazing things,” he said.
HRHS Class of 2013 fun facts:
Commencement date, time and place: May 22, 9 a.m., Red Rock Amphitheatre
Total enrollment: 1,634
Graduating class size: 402
Senior class officers: Student Body President Allison Corwin, Student Body Vice President Michaela Macre, Senior Class President Alex Lammle and Senior Class Vice President Christina Turcanu
Valedictorian: Thomas Wu
Class Song: “Little Wonders” Rob Thomas
Class motto: “Whatever you are, be a good one.”