The Queen Creek High School class of 2018 graduated on Wednesday, May 23, at Wells Fargo Arena on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University.
Two students were named class valedictorian and one student was named the salutatorian. The valedictorians are Brooke B. Baldwin and Eliza Hagen, and the salutatorian is Jakob P. Valdez.
Many of this year’s seniors will attend universities and colleges, trade schools, or join branches of the military once they officially graduate. The class of 2018 has been offered more than 13 million dollars in scholarship money and awards, which is a school record, according to Mr. Matt Romanowski, QCHS career counselor.
Three Queen Creek High students are being honored through the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program: Efrain Torres, Diego Valenzuela, and Jakob P. Valdez.
Jakob also received a QuestBridge Scholarship worth $280,000 distributed over 4 years. The scholarship is notable for Queen Creek High School, according to Mr. Romanowski.
Another QCHS senior, Tyler Ruof, received a $20,000 scholarship from the Boys and Girls Club.
Overall, 62 students were offered academic scholarships at Arizona State University, 61 were offered Northern Arizona University academic scholarships, and 19 were offered University of Arizona academic scholarships.
Students were offered scholarships to further their education at schools such as Brigham-Young University, Clemson University, Cal State Sacramento, and Montana State University, among others.
As an innovative, national leader in education, Queen Creek Unified School District inspires and empowers each student to achieve excellence in all pursuits, embrace social and individual responsibility and lead with integrity.
This is achieved through a challenging and comprehensive curriculum provided by distinguished professionals in partnership with our families and community. To learn more about the district, visit Queen Creek Unified School District website. Connect with Queen Creek Unified School District on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.