Ritenour’s 101st Graduating Class Boasts Many Standouts
Ritenour High School’s 101st graduating class walked across the stage with their diplomas on June 1 at Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University. The RHS class of 2019 celebrated 326 graduates.
The 2019 valedictorian was Martin Trujillo Carrazco; salutatorian was Wei Yung Tai. Other students in the top 15 of the class include: Coralis Bobe, Jasmine Destiny, Andrea Duarte Vasquez, Clarissa Gaona Romero, Hope Houston, Tai Huynh, Nathaniel Oelzen, Jennifer Rivera; Charlie Row, Lena Thai, Marco Urbina-Perdomo and Davis Volpitto.
Highlights about this outstanding class include:
- Fifteen graduates are the first to earn the Seal of Biliteracy after completing tests and other requirements set by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. They are: Maddison Moyle and Tom Irby (German); Miriam Hernandez, Dianna Godoy, Brittney Medina, Gabriela Garcia-Figueroa, Corales Bobe, Alondra Orozco-Valenzuela, Jennifer Rivera, Marco Urbina-Perdomo and Andrea Duarte Vazquez (Spanish); Rodney Long (French); Clarissa Gaona (French and Spanish); Martin Trujillo (Distinguished in Spanish); Melissa Garcia (Distinguished in Spanish).
- Nine students were accepted early decision to top colleges this year, the highest number in school’s history. They were: Martin Trujillo Carrazco, Tai Huynh and Clarissa Gaona Romero, Washington University; Lena Thai and Marco Urbina-Perdomo, Franklin & Marshall College; Wei Tai and Gabriela Garcia Figueroa, Lehigh University; Hope Houston and Jennifer Rivera, University of Chicago.
- Graduates earned more than of more than $7.6 million in college scholarships and grants, as of the end of May 2019.
- Thirteen student-athletes signed to play college athletics next year in football, soccer, basketball, track & field, cross country, cheerleading, wrestling and volleyball.
- Nine seniors enlisted with the U.S. military, as of the end of May 2019. They are: Samantha Van de Riet and Bryce Tanner, U.S. Air Force; Royal Todisman, U.S. Army; Neosha Dyson, U.S. Army Reserve; RJ Sagum, National Guard; Michael Godfrey, U.S. Navy; Alex Rendon, Caylon Randle and Emily Portillo, U.S. Marines.
At their June 1 graduation ceremony, Principal Jeffrey Marker reminded graduates that their future is bright, and that they can choose their own path to reaching their goals.
“Each of you have the potential to be great leaders,” said Marker. “Even though it is much easier to stay in line and follow the path others have created, you can make the difference by finding your own path.”