Is there a better time of year than graduation? It is an absolute joy to watch so much celebration and happiness in our community as we toast the hard work of the Class of 2019. It is also a great time to reflect on the countless class assignments, science fairs, reports, field days, art projects, school dances and exams that helped bring us here. We, as a community, honor the hard work and accomplishments, not just of our students, but also of our families and educators.
Our more than 2,500 graduating seniors boast an impressive resume of academic achievement, including 22 National Merit Semi-Finalists, 75 National Merit Commended Students and 32 National Hispanic Scholars and Recognized Students. An astounding six students made a perfect score on their ACT exam and three students earned perfect SAT scores!
As talented as our the Class of 2019 has proven to be in the classroom, on the playing field and in their extracurricular activities, our graduates get high marks in an equally important effort: there is a service-centered community spirit about our students today that adds a fascinating dimension to our collective student body.
I am truly inspired and honored to tell people that our our current group of public school students — from kindergarten to this graduating class — is the finest collection of young people I have seen in my more than 30 years in education. Leander ISD children are focused on leadership, kindness and community involvement, and they are engaged about issues that impact their future. This is a tribute to their families and community that instill these values in them, and we as a society will benefit.
From the first day of prekindergarten to high school graduation, we have no greater privilege than being entrusted with shaping the interests, minds and talents in each of our students. I know that each of my colleagues share in our community’s collective joy in watching the Class of 2019 take the next step in their life’s journey.