Graduation time is always cause for celebration. It is the product of countless reports, exams, field days, art projects, school dances, science fairs, tournaments and performances. We, as a community, honor the hard work and accomplishments, not just of our students, but also of our families and educators.
Our more than 2,500 graduating seniors boast an impressive resume of academic achievement, including 26 National Merit Semi-Finalists, 75 National Merit Commended Students and 65 National Hispanic Scholars and Recognized Students. An astounding eight students made a perfect score on their ACT exam, and the total reported scholarship money exceeds $55 million!
While the Class of 2018 certainly has a great many — and well-deserved — academic honors and accolades, I want to focus on something just as important. Grades and academics will always be the benchmark by which education is judged, but there is a service-centered community spirit about our students today that adds a fascinating dimension to our collective student body.
I have remarked before that our current group of public school students — from kindergarten to this graduating class — is the finest collection of young people I have seen in my 30 years in education. Leander ISD kids are focused on leadership, kindness and community involvement, and they are engaged about issues that impact their future. This is a tribute to their families and community that instill these values in them, and we as a society will benefit.
From the first day of pre-kindergarten to high school graduation, we have no greater privilege than being entrusted with shaping the interests, minds and talents in each of our students. I am in awe of all these graduates have already accomplished in their time with us, and I look forward to celebrating their milestone later this week and watching them set off to fulfill their bright futures.