Seniors got a chance to practice their best graduation walk about two weeks early during last week’s Senior Awards Day at Knightdale High School.
The ceremony honored more than 50 seniors for receiving scholarships, awards and other recognitions. This year’s class managed to net $2,969,639 in scholarships as of May 27, about $1 million less than last year. Last year’s graduating class received $3,919,669 in scholarships.
The school will continue to keep track of any last-minute scholarships that are awarded to its students.
Seniors racked up 94 total scholarships this year. Nearly all of them – 86 – were academic scholarships, eight were athletic scholarships, two were military and one was for band. That count includes partial and full scholarships.
Andreas Adell, was one of the students who received a military scholarship and was honored at the ceremony. He received a full ride to the first year Air Force Academy Preparatory School.
His scholarship was valued at over $50,000.
He was chosen from among thousands of applicants, said the presenter of his scholarship, Lt. Col. Howard Clark. After prep school, Adell can continue to the Air Force Academy, which accepts about 240 students from an applicant pool of almost 9,000, Clark said.
In total, military scholarships made up $93,778 of the scholarship total.
Counselors in Student Services said the decrease in scholarship money is partially because more students tend to be foregoing four-year universities and choosing to attend two-year colleges first.
In addition to scholarships, the school recognized 32 students for departmental awards (two for each department), 15 students as Outstanding Seniors and nine students as Outstanding Seniors in clubs and organizations.
This year, the school is preparing to honor 80 honor students and seven Presidential students in the senior class of about 330 at graduation.
Knightdale High’s seniors graduate on June 10.