The Future Looks Bright for the Class of 2017

Safia Francis (left) and Grey Peckham delivering one of the student commencement speeches at graduation 2017.

This year’s graduating class is an amazing group of students. Their internships have taken them into many sectors of the city and county, and their Senior Impact Projects have made great and lasting improvements to the school community. This year’s graduating class includes interns for Tucson Museum of ArtMiles Exploratory Learning Center, University of Arizona Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryLiving Streets Alliance, and Center. Our seniors have also worked toward making City HS a stronger community for all students through their Senior Impact Projects which included:

•Helping City HS to become a more diverse community by collecting data and presenting findings and recommendations to key staff members.

•Analyzing the Whole School Meeting and recommending improvements so that this weekly gathering can be more accessible and engaging for all students.

•Collecting data to support the transition from the Pennington Street Block Party to the Pennington Street Showcase.

As if all of that is not enough, the list of college acceptances for this year’s graduating class is equally as impressive. Here are a few highlights from this year’s Class of 2017:

Michaela Everett has been at City High School for four years. She has always had a passion for law enforcement and this year had her internship with the Tucson Fire Department. Michaela received the Provincial Merit-Based Scholarship from Pennsylvania State University and will start her college career there in the fall with a major in the Administration of Justice.

Safia Francis joined CHS as a junior (and we are so grateful that she did!) This year, Safia was the intern for Living Streets Alliance and worked tirelessly to support the Cyclovia events as well as other efforts of LSA to make our community safer and healthier for all members. Safia was offered considerable merit-based scholarship funding from Hampshire College, including the Non Satis Scire Award For students that demonstrate academic excellence across disciplines. Safia will be heading to Western Massachusetts to begin her education at Hampshire this fall.

Traye Norton came to CHS as a sophomore and played a key leadership role on the Narwhal Basketball team for all three of his years. Traye served as the intern for Design Collaborations, a landscape architecture firm in downtown Tucson. As the first person in his family to attend a four-year university, Traye will be heading to Coe College, in Cedar Rapids, IA this fall with the support of a generous merit-based scholarship from Coe.

Grey Peckham joined CHS as a junior and spent his senior year as an intern for the Arizona Queer Archives under the mentorship of University of Arizona’s Dr. Jamie Lee. Grey has been an strong advocate for queer youth both within the City High community as well as the broader Tucson Community. grey was awarded the PGLAG/Alliance Fund scholarship which recognizes young individuals who have made significant contributions to the queer your community through advocacy work. Grey will be attending Ithaca College this fall thanks, in part, to the Flora Brown Award, a merit-based scholarship.

Alissa Vorndran has been at City HS for four years. Ali was an active member of the CHS drama department during her time here and spent her last year as an intern working with deaf and hard of hearing students at Miles Exploratory Learning Center, a TUSD elementary school. Ali earned the coveted Lumberjack Scholarship this year, a full-tuition waiver at Northern Arizona University where she will attend this fall with a major in elementary education.

These students represent a small handful of the amazing group that graduated on May 26. The list of college acceptances for the 2016-2017 school year is as follows:

  • American University
  • Arizona State University
  • Coe College
  • Hampshire College
  • Ithaca College
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • Upper Iowa University
  • University of the Pacific
  • Western Illinois University
  • Western New Mexico University

We are all so excited to see what this amazing group does in the future and wish them all the best of wishes as they embark their new adventures.

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