The Cherry Creek School District's class of 2015 has plenty to be proud about.
The group of more than 3,800 students from the district's seven high schools have earned more than $58 million in scholarships, money that includes Boettcher, Daniels Fund and National Achievement scholarships. They've shown a strong interest in a wide range of activities, making strong showings in state and national competitions ranging from music to robotics. They're distinguished athletes, setting state records and bringing home championship trophies.
All told, the thousands of CCSD students who will walk across stages to receive their diplomas this week are an accomplished and ambitious group of scholars, athletes, artists and community servants who are well on their way to changing the world.
Scanning a list of the accomplishments of this year's group of graduating seniors only hints at their abilities and accomplishments.
Eighty-two of the graduates from Cherokee Trail High School will receive International Baccalaureate diplomas this week, and 20 of the school's 26 sports teams were represented in the playoffs. Cherry Creek High School added four state athletic titles in tennis, football, ice hockey and lacrosse to their previous 206 titles, and the school's 2014 spring production of the musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" won the Bobby G Award from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for best overall performance.
Eaglecrest High School seniors served as exemplary volunteers this year, giving their time to reading programs and extracurricular activities at feeder schools. What's more, the Scholastics Art Awards organizations recognized eight Eaglecrest students with silver, key and honorable mention awards. Endeavor Academy, which now proudly bears the title of the Cherry Creek School District's seventh official high school, has added a long list of programs, including night school, college classes in hotel, tourism and events planning and other post-secondary programs.
Grandview High School earned the Colorado Department of Education's High School Academic Growth Award this year, and the Wolves also picked up state champion titles in Poms, softball, volleyball and Technology Student Association. Overland High School won recognition for its student publication The Scout, picking up the prestigious Gold Crown Award for accomplishments in journalism. What's more, the Overland Blazers picked up championship titles in boys basketball and gymnastics.
Finally, Smoky Hill High School picked up the Washington Post's 2015 designation as "America's Most Challenging School," and the campus is home to two National Academic Swimming All Americans.
All of these achievements speak to the talent, determination and commitment of the 3,845 students in the graduation class of 2015. These milestones are sure to only be the beginning in a long list of accomplishments from an exceptional group of young adults.