Saturday, June 1, 2013

Top one percent of Class of 2013 takes a bow

Seniors graduating in the top 1 percent of their class were recognized at the district’s Salute to Excellence ceremony May 29 at the University of San Diego.

Each of the 81 students honored registered some of the top grade point averages at their schools during their high school career, ranging from 3.34 to 4.86. As a result of their hard work, many of them have earned valedictorian honors as well as entrance into some of the country’s finest colleges, including Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego.

“Throughout life, you will move from one school to another,” Superintendent Bill Kowba told the honorees. “I ask that at each stage, you apply the qualities and core values that got you to today’s recognition. They include hard work, honest effort, and an emphasis on excellence in every undertaking. Be focused, be caring, be considerate, be contributing, and most importantly be yourselves.”

Superintendent Kowba was joined on stage at the event by Superintendent designate-Marten, Board Vice President Kevin Beiser and Trustees Barnett, Barrera and Foster. Each had the opportunity to offer their congratulations and words of encouragement to the honorees.

With family and friends cheering from the audience, each student was introduced and escorted to the stage by their principal, where they received a medal and congratulatory handshakes from the dignitaries.

The University of San Diego generously hosted the event, while KUSI sportscaster Paul Rudy served as master of ceremonies. Sponsors California Coast Credit Union and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation provided prizes for the afternoon's raffle for students. 

Salute to Excellence Slide Show

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