Spotlight on education: At North Tahoe High, two’s company – and 11’s a crowd
TAHOE CITY, Calif. – Not one, not two, three, four or even five. Add them up. Count them down. From Mitchell Conn to Kea Jolicoeur, 11 is your lucky winning number.
They are North Tahoe High School’s 11 valedictorians for the graduating class of 2010, the first to be part of the school’s new valedictorian award policy allowing all students with a 4.0 GPA or above to earn the title.
Co-principals Joanna Mitchell and Stephanie Welsch said the program was designed to honor the efforts of the school’s hardworking students instead of singling out only a single awardee.
“These are GPAs that are literally separated by a hundredth of a percent, and to be able to honor them as valedictorians is just great,” Welsch said.
Mitchell said the decision was made last year after considering the school’s current policy and with the support of parents and district staff.
“We went this year to a policy recognizing all students of a 4.0 or above because we felt all students who achieved that level should be recognized,” Mitchell said.
Throughout the valedictorians’ four years at North Tahoe, Mitchell said she has been able to watch their class as it’s progressed through the grade levels and described the class of 2010 as “an “extremely high achieving” class.
“Academically they have really stood out,” she said. “They are very involved students and they’re model leaders in every way. They really exemplify what the high school experience is all about.”
Mitchell said she knows the valedictorians will be missed both for their contributions to the school and for their talents which extended beyond the classroom.
“I think what really is special about this group is that they really naturally exhibit compassion,” Mitchell said.
Check for a listing of the North Tahoe High School’s valedictorians and salutatorian quotes and photos below.
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