Congratulations to the Tallmadge High School Class of 2014. On behalf of the teachers, staff and community, we are all so proud of you.
Graduating from high school is one of those milestones in life we never forget. It truly marks the point of where you will go next in your life. After 13 years of schooling, many of our students are headed to college, careers, the military and ultimately adulthood.
When we consider the list of colleges many of our seniors will be attending next year, it is astounding. Over 87 percent will continue their schooling next year, and our graduates have earned over $1 million in scholarships. Almost $80,000 of it is due to the generosity of the Tallmadge Local Scholarship Fund. The list of colleges and universities our students are attending reaches from coast to coast.
The community can also be proud in knowing that U.S. News and World Report has ranked Tallmadge High School in the top 10 percent of high schools in Ohio and across the country. This ranking is based on many factors including students' college readiness and average proficiencies in math and reading. We are extremely proud of this honor, and we can directly attribute it to the hard work and support of our teachers, families and community.
One other factor that contributes to student success is the new high school. The Class of 2014 is one of the first to attend all of its high school years in the new Tallmadge High School. This state-of-the-art building is exactly the type of learning environment our students need to be successful in the 21st century.
Tallmadge High School Principal Rebecca DeCapua noted in her commencement address that the Class of 2014 will be remembered for many great accomplishments. Giving back to this community will always be a significant legacy of the Class of 2014.
The community service culminated with the first ever Senior Give Back Day. One hundred and ninety-six graduates spent their first day out of school cleaning Tallmadge Cemetery, working in the city parks and painting the rails at the "Hole."
Again, congratulations to the Class of 2014 and best of luck to you all. To all of our Tallmadge students -- congratulations to you as well for completing yet another year in your educational journey. Have a safe and enjoyable summer.