Last year if you googled the 2015 Vero Beach High School (VBHS) graduation all that comes up is a listing in TCPalm of who graduated. We can’t find anything else from any other media outlet.
But if you look at the back two pages of the Commencement Program, it is amazing; indeed amazing about the achievements of the senior class and the students of the High School in general. Why hasn’t someone caught on to this?
680 students graduated from VBHS, the largest graduating class ever.
231 were honors graduates. (36%)
124 were advanced placement graduates. Advanced placement offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities often offer grant-level curricula to high school students and often offer grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations.
Four were graduates who simultaneously received an Associates of Art Degree.
There were 179 scholar diplomas, 277 merit diplomas. 227 career completers, 322 Industry certificates and 33 seniors signed to play sports in college.
One senior is going to Harvard. Two are going to Yale. Two are going to Brown, one to Duke, two to Notre Dame and one to Johns’ Hopkins.
The total amount of local scholarships was $ 1,109,477.
Five seniors were delegates to Boys and Girls State; as well as three alternates. American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State are the premier programs for teaching how government works while developing leadership skills and an appreciation for your rights as a citizen.
One senior was selected for the High School All-State Concert, where 18 performances of solos and ensembles were performed at the District Solo and Ensemble Competition.
Two others, in a duet, were selected to perform at the Honor’s Recital.
One senior received a talent scholarship towards a college/theatre major.
Another was an Intel Talent Search Semi-Finalist bringing the school a $ 1,000 reward.
One of the Girl’s State delegates placed second in Physics and Astronomy and earned awards from the American Meteorological Society, the Office of Naval Research, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Then again, in general, the High School Band received 11 superior ratings at various symphony, philharmonic. solo and ensemble events.
In sports, there were 26 accomplishments, ranging from champions, state titles, broken records, and runner-ups involving soccer, golf, cross country, volleyball, football, swimming, basketball, wrestling, weightlifting, basketball, tennis, track and field and lacrosse.
Soon we will be writing about the achievements of the 2016 graduating class.