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Graduation day comes for Tahoe-Truckee students

The red and white caps of 206 Tahoe-Truckee High School seniors flew into the air as the class of 2001 celebrated their graduation last Saturday.

“The graduation ceremony was fantastic,” said TTHS Principal Mike Finney. “We couldn’t have asked for better weather. The kids did a marvelous job and the community really showed their support of education through the community scholarships that were awarded.”

In all, more than $88,000 in community and local scholarships were awarded to TTHS students.

“It’s tradition that we keep the community scholarships a secret from the kids and announce those at the ceremony,” said TTHS Counselor Debby Echenique. “In all about $89,000 in local scholarship money was awarded and if you add up the amount of national and university based scholarships, TTHS seniors raked in about $284,000 … I’ve talked with counselors all over the country and no one has ever heard of such a supportive amount of money for only 200 kids .. it’s really amazing.”

Robert Bousquet was awarded a total of about $73,000 in scholarships, both university based and local.

“Robert was named a USC Presidential Scholar, which means he’ll receive $50,000 from USC in tuition over the next four years,” said Echenique.

Bousquet also received Toyota’s Community Scholarship, for his service in the community.

Of the 208 total graduates from TTHS about 44 percent will head off to four year colleges. Fifty graduates will attend California universities including the University of California, Berkley, and California State University, Chico.

Other students have decided to go a little farther away from home. Next fall, TTHS students will attend universities as far off as Florida, Arizona, Texas, Oregon and Hawaii.

In a rather amazing situation, twin brothers Daniel and John Coombs were both accepted to military academies. Daniel will enroll in the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. John will move to Baltimore to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.

“It’s pretty amazing that two brothers from such a small school in a small town have been accepted to such selective institutions,” said Echenique.

Thirty percent of TTHS seniors have chosen two year colleges, with the most number of graduates, 24, deciding on Sierra College.

As the ceremonies concluded, each graduate released a butterfly to symbolize the future.

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