Advice From a Valedictorian

Outside nighttime photo of graduates throwing caps into the air

Graduation is the moment that every high school student looks forward to. The ceremony, celebrating with friends, and a great sense of accomplishment all happens in this one great event. 

704 seniors recently graduated from Queen Creek Unified School District schools. Eastmark High School’s second graduating class totaled 188 students, while 461 seniors graduated from Queen Creek High and 55 more graduated from Queen Creek Virtual Academy. 

Some of the accomplishments of this senior class include 44 student-athletes signing on to play for colleges and universities, nine seniors receiving the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency on their diplomas, and seniors being eligible for more than $42.4 million in scholarships.

Eastmark High’s valedictorian, Abigail Heitert, shared her excitement with her peers for the big graduation ceremony. 

“Our class is the first graduating class to go through all four years of schooling at Eastmark High,” said Heitert. “This year’s graduating class is fairly small and because of that I feel like we’ve all grown pretty close with each other.”

She also shared a message to future graduates by telling them to enjoy the time they have left.

“I encourage you to go to sports events, musicals, and really participate in spirit weeks,” said Heitert. “Overall, just enjoy the rest of the time you have left with your peers because high school is only four years, so everyone should do their best to make the most of the limited time they have.”

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