The 146thcommencement of Clarence High School took place on June 23. It is always the most emotional and exciting event in a school year, the culmination of 13 years of work by students. Their collective accomplishments, in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and in the concert halls are impressive. Consider the numbers for the Class of 2018. One hundred nine scholarships and awards were presented on Senior Awards night. Sixty-four percent of the senior class graduated with an Advanced Designation Regents Diploma, signifying additional rigor and coursework.Ninety-four percent of the senior class will seek to further their education by attending either a two- or four-year college.Eight students were selected as 2017 National Merit Commended Students and three were National Merit Semi-Finalists.Three graduates are enlisting for military service.Forty-six students graduate with a certificate from our Academy of Business and Finance and forty-two graduate with PTLW pre-engineering certification.Thirty-one varsity sports were designated as scholar athlete teams, meaning the team overall GPA was 90 percent or higher and eighteen senior students were chosen as All-WNY Scholar Athletes. Clarence won six league championships, five sectional titles.
Perhaps the most impressive number for the Class of 2018 is 20,172, which signifies the total number of community service hours worked over the past four years by CHS seniors. Our seniors worked 11,000 hours beyond the community service requirement and thirty-three seniors received the Distinguished Clarence Community Service Award, indicating at least 100 total hours of community service. Over 134 seniors registered 785 volunteer hours at Habitat for Humanity. Megan Deer volunteered for an amazing 1,201 hours in her high school career, the highest number in history.
The Class of 2018 made the most of their opportunities at Clarence and their collective success is a compliment to the dedication and commitment of our faculty and the core programs that successfully prepared them for the next level.
In May, the Clarence community overwhelmingly passed the 2018-19 school budget. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the community for sending a clear communication of support for the students of the district. We recognize that with the support of the community comes the responsibility to provide the very best educational and extracurricular programs possible. I don’t believe you could find a better testament to fulfilling that promise than the collective success of the Class of 2018.
Geoffrey M. Hicks, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools