This year, the Class of 2010 has managed to obtain a college acceptance rate of 80 percent. This class has also amassed scholarships and grants from colleges, universities and private scholarship sources throughout the United States totaling $1,669,650.00. Both feats are truly remarkable for such a small school given our current economic situation both regionally and nationally, but not amazing when looking at the caliber of students comprised of the Class of 2010.
Although all of the scholarship money earned this year will not be used by each student, since many students have more than one scholarship offer tied to specific schools, the total amount represents all offers made to the student body this year from colleges, universities and private scholarship sources throughout the United States. The actual committed monies for scholarships and grants earned this year based on college selections by the senior class is $914,300.00. This figure represents all scholarships and grants that are being applied to actual acceptances. To provide you with a representation of where are students are heading off to after high school, I offer the following: Within this class, we have a student attending the United States Air Force Academy, a student who has earned the Daniels Fund Scholarship, the third student to do so from RSS in the past four years, seniors attending colleges from as far away as Hawaii on the west coast and Pennsylvania on the east coast and many locations in between, as well as two young men entering military service in the Army and Navy. Overall, this has been another phenomenal year for seniors at Ridgway Secondary School. As the secondary counselor for RSS, one of my jobs is to provide all students every opportunity possible for their own success. Looking at the success of our seniors over the past few years, it is clear to me that our students have truly embraced this idea by taking their education seriously, by applying themselves academically, by competing on the sports fields and extra curricular programs offered them, and by being part of their respective communities. It is clear to me after seeing what each student in the Class of 2010 has accomplished that each and every senior has lived up to the challenges faced them and have taken full advantage of all that has been offered them. I am proud to say, and truly believe, that our students are ready for the world that they will all face after high school. They are a wonderful group of young men and women that will do great things.