PHS Graduates with Distinction lead graduation ceremony
Twenty-seven of the 398 students graduating from Prescott High School graduated with distinction. Of those graduates, 385 participated in Friday's commencement ceremony.
Four years ago, PHS stopped naming valedictorians and salutatorians. Instead, the school began honoring seniors meeting the criteria as a "graduate with distinction."
Graduates with distinction must have a cumulative 4.0 grade point average, taken at least one advanced placement course at PHS, earned at least 24 credits and earned the necessary 16 credits required by the Arizona Board of Regents for admission to the state universities.
The PHS Class of 2006 was the last graduating class to have a valedictorian and salutatorian. The PHS site council and the Prescott Unified School District Governing Board made the decision to eliminate the individual honors.
PHS Principal Totsy McCraley said, "More universities are not asking for class standings. In addition, there is always discussion about what courses are considered for valedictorian and salutatorian, and what shouldn't be considered. The 'graduate with distinction' is fairer to students-they are still honored."
Each graduate with distinction receives a medallion. McCraley recognized each individual graduate with distinction during Friday's graduation ceremony.
It is the responsibility of the graduates with distinction to determine who will speak at the ceremony. "This year, for the first time, they all decided they wanted to speak," McCraley said.
This year's PHS graduates with distinction include Hannah Berve, Isaac Browning, Nicole Cain, Lucas Chien, Vincent Colaianni, Sara Collette, Tyler Dalton, Michelle Frias, Kausliik Goswami, Kate Hamman, Maili Huck, Scott Lemon, Ryan Lane, Savannah Martin, Jennifer Mincielli, Rachael Pace, Hiren Patel, Jamison Phelps, Krista Ryker, Carli Schiller, Ambrie Schumman, Michael Schurn, Justin Shore, Kelsey Schilperoot, Nikil Silvam, Joel Steiger and Lucas Talken.