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Second graduating class of 2017 continues to set high standards with 100% graduation rate

The class of 2017 stands on the stage, waiting for the National Anthem to be sung by choir students, standing in front.

Elyse Luecke, Web Editor-in-Chief

  • 13% of students scored higher than a 25 on the ACT, three students scored a 31 or above, qualifying for the Missouri Bright Flight Scholarship
  • 100% graduated, 88% have finalized plans for college or post-secondary education
  • Students combined have been awarded over $2 million in scholarships, and an additional 8 have earned free tuition through the Missouri A+ program to a Missouri community college
  • 41 graduates took 86 AP courses through the CollegeBoard, and 43 graduates took 122 dual credit courses through St. Louis University or the University of Missouri- St. Louis
  • First St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate- Bisa Adero

    Kathleen Boesch
    Graduates process onto the stage.

    Teachers and staff process onto the stage.

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    Choir pathway graduates sing the Star Spangled Banner before the start of the ceremony.

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    The class of 2017 stands on the stage, waiting for the National Anthem to be sung by choir students, standing in front.

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    Shaquana Williams, Student Council President, presents the Senior Class gift.

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    Tobias Wells smiles for a picture as he receives his diploma from Board Member Jose Pineda, M.D.

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    Samar Slaughter smiles for a picture as she receives her diploma from Pineda.

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    Chloe Ward shakes hands with Pineda as she receives her diploma.

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    Olivia Turner shakes hands with Pineda as she receives her diploma.

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    Isobel Ramsey smiles for a picture as she shakes hands with Pineda, receiving her diploma.

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    Vanessa Leone, an early graduate, smiles for a picture as board member Leona Lucas shakes her hand.

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    Oscar Nshimirimana dabs as he receives his diploma from Lucas.

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    Tyson Johnson looks at the camera as he receives his diploma from board member Essence Owens.

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    Myasia Kisart recites a poem, “I am from GCAA” inspired by “I Am From” by George Ella Lyon. The poem was created by students of GCAA and arranged by Cindy Kalachek, high school english.

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    The class of 2017 listens to Head of School, Matt Frederickson, introduce them.

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    Nailah Imani poses as she walks the stage, after being announced by middle school principal Rebecca Irving.

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    Students sit after receiving their diplomas.

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    The class of 2017 dances to a song played after the official announcement that they are now graduates

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Second graduating class of 2017 continues to set high standards with 100% graduation rate