Four hundred and forty-three Chalmette High School (CHS) graduates were honored for their accomplishments this May at the Civic Center in Chalmette - and accomplishments there were many.
The graduating class received nearly $11 million dollars in scholarships, the highest in Chalmette High history, and will be attending such universities this fall as University of Notre Dame, Howard University, and Tulane University.
Principal Wayne Warner applauded the graduates and said, “The amount of scholarships earned by the Class of 2016 is truly noteworthy. It shows how our students and staff work to pursue opportunities for post-graduation endeavors. We have very many academically talented students who deserve the recognition to continue their pursuits after high school. We are very proud of their efforts and know that they will accomplish great things.”
Graduates have not only earned scholarship dollars but over fifty percent of graduates have earned college credit during their time at Chalmette High School.
Two hundred and thirty-five CHS students will be entering college this fall with college credit already earned. This credit provides students the academic freedom to pursue other interests, multiple degrees, or even graduate early.
Of particular note are the nine students who graduated with both their high school diploma and an associate degree.
Also, for the second year in a row, among the graduating class was a National Merit Finalist. Honoree Kim Tran, who was also recognized as the fifth honor graduate, will be attending Tulane University on a full academic scholarship this fall.
Tran was joined onstage with the five other honor graduates: Riley Nova Loria, valedictorian; Hai Vu Nguyen, salutatorian; Jason Matthew Tucker, Jr., third honor graduate; Sarah Elizabeth Russell, fourth honor graduate; Bailie Nicolle D'Antoni and Kim Le Tran, fifth honor graduates.
The Class of 2016's accomplishments extended outside of the classroom as well. Lead by Chalmette High School seniors, six athletic teams won district championships: Boys’ Cross Country, Girls’ Cross Country, Boys’ Track, Girls’ Track, Softball, and Football.
Tom Dugger, senior English teacher and the senior class sponsor said that the class of 2016 was truly outstanding.
“As a whole, it was one of our largest classes with our greatest number of honor graduates overall. And it contributed a very distinct personality to the school this year with its leaders and outstanding members who participated across the spectrum of CHS activities and who gave our school its unique flavor. Their departure removes from us many students who made the wheels of CHS turn and who defined its persona. Those who come after them have some great role models to aspire to be like. We benefited from the Class of 2016 being with us, and we miss their presence now that they have moved on,” Dugger said.