Waco ISD is pleased to announce the “Pride of Waco,” also known as the Lions of Waco High School, who graduated 371 proud seniors on Saturday evening, June 4, 2016, at a commencement ceremony at Baylor’s Ferrell Center.
The senior class was led out in processional by the Waco High JROTC color guard, led in the pledge of allegiance by Sr. class vice-president Stephanie Flores, welcomed by Sr. class president Christian Ybarra, and official introductions were made by Principal Ed Love.
Mrs. Shawntee Reed, Waco High’s College and Career Advisor, highlighted a number of distinguished student achievements of this years’ 2016 class. Valedictorian was Luke Owen Barron, who was part of the Lion debate team.
Luke took German for four years, along with a number of advanced placement (AP) classes, and plans to attend Baylor University in the fall.
The Waco High Salutatorian was Bennett Bailey Johnson, who studied German and Spanish and was also part of the debate team. He plans to attend the University of Texas.
Nineteen students were included in the top five percent of this year’s class. Twenty-one Lions graduated as a part of the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP), taking dual-credit classes and earning college credits while at Waco High, while 30 students made the Academic Achievers list with at 96.5% GPA or higher.
Waco High’s 2016 graduates have been awarded more than $2 million in scholarships and grants from 29 different universities, colleges and various businesses, organizations and individuals.
A large contingent of WHS students also qualified for MAC grants that will provide $1000 per semester toward their college careers for two years.
The Waco High class of 2016 was officially presented by Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain and presented their diplomas by the WISD Board of Trustees.
Two chairs were left empty among the graduates in memory of class members Phoencia Cathcart-Pullen and Victor Faz.