Grayling High School celebrates the achievements of the Class of 2018 during graduation ceremony on Sunday
We hope the best for every one of our students as they continue out into the world. They have a wide range of individual interests and life goals. We are excited to see what the future brings for them.” – Grayling High School Principal Donna Boughner
Grayling High School celebrated the Class of 2018’s graduation on Sunday, June 3, with a commencement program that featured speeches by the valedictorian and salutatorian as well as recognition of the group’s accomplishments, a list that includes close to 50 students graduating with honors, more than 8,600 community service hours performed, more than $700,000 in scholarships earned, and the school’s highest ever SAT scores.
Grayling High School hosted the commencement ceremony inside the gymnasium instead of outside at Viking Stadium due to forecasted rain. The school also offered live Internet streaming of the event inside the school’s Joseph Stripe Auditorium and online.
“What your diploma represents is much more than simply passing classes,” Grayling High School Principal Donna Boughner told the Class of 2018 during the graduation ceremony. “You all had other extraneous factors pushing you to your limit at one time or another, and you had to persevere.”
“By you overcoming small and large obstacles you have achieved what many in the world have not. You have persevered through many challenges and you should be proud of yourselves,” Boughner said.
Before speeches by valedictorian Alyssa Cobb and salutatorian Haley Kocefas, Boughner cited several specific accomplishments of this year’s graduating class.
“The class of 2018 has continued the upward trend by recording the highest SAT scores ever at GHS and having more students college ready in all subjects,” Boughner said. “For all of their four years they have been a part of being chosen by US News and World Report as one of ‘America’s Best High Schools,’ earning GHS a silver status for the seventh year in a row.”
Boughner said the class took “a record number of advanced placement tests” this year, earning “thousands of dollars in free university credits, trade certificates, and job placements” through Grayling Viking University.
The number of overall honor students included: 22 Honor Roll (GPAs ranging from 3.0 to 3.499), 10 Cum Laude (GPAs ranging from 3.5 to 3.699), seven Magna Cum Laude (GPAs ranging from 3.7 to 3.899), and nine Summa Cum Laude (GPAs of 3.9 or higher).
“We hope the best for every one of our students as they continue out into the world. Of the 103 graduates, eight percent have joined the military, 22 percent will be at a two-year college or vocational school, and 49 students are going on to a four-year college or university. They have a wide range of individual interests and life goals. We are excited to see what the future brings for them,” Boughner said.