Corsicana High School’s Year of Success
Corsicana High School (CHS) held graduation on Saturday morning May 26 for 357 seniors. Family, friends and community attended the hour-long ceremony at Tiger Stadium.
The CHS Class President Matthew Guo, Salutatorian John Beck, and Valedictorian Jack Blanton each gave their personal tributes to their families, CHS staff who have helped them along their journey, and their fellow classmates.
Jack Blanton, the 2018 CHS Valedictorian, is going into the Mays School of Business honors program at Texas A&M University. John Beck, the CHS Salutatorian, is also headed to Texas A&M University to major in Biomedical Science in pursuit of dental school.
“The Class of 2018 is a highly motivated class of students. I have been impressed with them from the beginning,” Principal Shade Boulware. “These students have great character and have been recognized for achievements in academics, leadership, extra-curricular programs and career skills.”
Senior scholarships from community and state organizations, trusts, local churches, college and university awards, memorial scholarships and military enlistments make up the scholarship total of $2.2 million for the Class of 2018.
“I am very grateful to our community who give support and recognition to CHS students,” said Dr. Diane Frost Superintendent for CISD. “Through awards and scholarship money, our community continues to rally behind our students’ success long after high school.”
Many CHS students from freshman to seniors benefit financially by enrolling in advanced academic opportunities. This year alone, dual credit and Higher Start tuition and books accounted for more than $275,000. Advanced Placement classes and exams accounted for $17,000. The funds used to pay for this student benefit come from state-funded high school allotment money earmarked to promote higher education.
Corsicana High School students earned 577 specialized certifications this year in the areas of Automobile Services, Occupational Safety and Health General Industry and Construction Safety, Mechanical Safety, Pollution Prevention, Nursing Assistant, Microsoft Basic and Expert, Food Handling, Cosmetology and Production Welding.
“Students are provided significant opportunities at CHS to be involved and demonstrate achievement. I am so proud of our students and their drive for success. I am grateful for such dedicated staff members who also strive to enable students to reach their full potential,” said Boulware.
CHS Class of 2018
Number of Graduates: 357
Scholarships Awarded: $2.2 million
Higher Education Choices: Abilene Christian, Baylor, Blinn, Centenary College (LA), Dallas Baptist, East Texas Baptist, Henderson State (AR), Lamar, Langston (OK), Mary Hardin-Baylor, Navarro, North Texas, Prairie View A&M, Sam Houston State, Southern Methodist, Stephen F. Austin, Tarleton, Texas A&M, Texas State Technical, Texas State, Texas Tech, Texas Woman’s, University of Houston, UT Austin, UT Rio Grand Valley, UT San Antonio, UT Tyler, Military (Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard)
Corsicana High School
Total Students Enrolled: 1680
Students Enrolled in Advanced Academics: 300 students in Higher Start/Dual Credit, 250 students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes, 150 students in Career and Technology Education (CTE) Dual Credit
Number of Specialized Certifications Earned: 577 certifications
Five Endorsement Areas Offered: Arts and Humanities, Business and Industry, Multidisciplinary, Public Services, and Science, Engineering, Math and Technology (STEM)
Number of Career and Technical Education Pathways: 30
Number of Instructional Staff: 112
The graduation ceremony for 2019 is under review. Seniors and their parents will be able to provide input on location, time and date. “Graduation is a big milestone for students. The Saturday morning ceremony had a record number of attendees; however, we did not anticipate the extreme heat at 9:30am,” said Susan Johnson, executive director of communications for CISD. “We have learned from the experience, and certainly changes will be made for future ceremonies.”
“There is a lot of planning that goes into the graduation ceremony. We want our graduates to be able to have their family and friends attend and to create a special and momentous occasion,” said Johnson.