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5-21-19 — Five High Schools Send Graduates into the World

May 21, 2019 ~ The 2019 graduation ceremonies mark a major milestone in the history of Olathe Public Schools. This is the first year to have graduates from five high schools. More than 2,165 graduates achieved an exciting turning point in their lives this past weekend.

This year was also the first time for all graduations to occur at a different time and day. Two years ago, afternoon and evening graduations took place in two stadiums on the same day to accommodate the four high schools.

For 2019, district leaders planned to hold the five graduation ceremonies over a period of three days, and in a single location — College Boulevard Activity Center. Mother Nature moved two ceremonies indoors to nearby Olathe Northwest High School but couldn’t dampen the spirits of graduates and their families.

The outstanding Class of 2019 received offers of nearly $46.4 million in scholarships.

Other highlights of the Class of 2019 include:

  • Perfect scores on the ACT exam
  • National Merit finalists
  • Kansas Career and Technical Education Scholars
  • $10,000 scholarship from the Architecture, Construction and Engineering Mentor Program of America
  • International Thespian Society officer
  • All-National Honor Ensemble of the National Association for Music Education
  • National Youth Orchestra Jazz summer program
  • National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Out Loud finalist
  • Rising Star recipient and Honorable Mention recipient from the National Center for Women and Information Technology, NetApp of Wichita and Northwest Missouri State University
  • Arts Council of Johnson County Shooting Stars recipients
  • First place in state SkillsUSA events
  • State sports champions
  • 21st Century Academy endorsements