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Congratulations, high school graduates

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 6:00 a.m. CDT

Each year, it is my honor to participate in the graduation ceremonies for Wheaton Warrenville South and Wheaton North high schools.  

I commend our Board of Education for their support of all of our programs in District 200.

I applaud the school administrative leadership for their dedication to their school. Excellent schools have excellent leadership, and our two high schools continue to be recognized among the best in our country and state.  The teachers in District 200 work tirelessly to guarantee that all who walk across the stage at graduation are prepared for college or a career of their choice.

I thank our parents for their involvement and support. Our parents have raised their children to value the education offered to them and have supported them throughout their K-12 education.   

Most importantly, I congratulate each of our 1,108 graduates from District 200.

Graduation is the climax to years of local schooling – the payoff for the hard work and overcoming challenges. The individual and collective achievements of our graduates give meaning to my work, and to all of the adults in our school district.

Our community has invested significant time, money and emotion in each graduate. In fact, the taxpayers in this community have spent more than $100,000 on each graduate.

The community investment in public education is priceless, and I encourage our graduates to take full advantage of the opportunities they are prepared to pursue. I am confident that the world will be a better place due to the continued and ongoing achievements of our graduates.

The 2013 graduating class of 1,108 students is remarkable. More than 90 percent of our graduates are attending a post-secondary institution. The Class of 2013 well exceeded the national ACT composite score of 21.1 with a composite score of 24.1 at Wheaton North and 23.9 at Wheaton Warrenville South.

At District 200, we believe all students can learn beyond expectations. We will continue to push our students to exceed our expectations and to prepare them for their futures.

Congratulations to the Class of 2013.

Brian Harris is the superintendent of Community Unit School District 200

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