Achievements are Plentiful for the PCHS Class of 2020

More than 430 Park City High graduates comprise the largest class to ever graduate from the school. And the Class of 2020 is leaving a legacy of some impressive achievements.

“These students have a passion for learning and the drive in pursuit of excellence that we expect of our entire student body,” said PCHS Principal Roger Arbabi. “Our community is proud of the achievements of these exceptional young adults as they move on to the next phase of their education.”

ACADEMICS

Jon Troxel and Siri Ahern are the class Valedictorians, and Eleanor Ball is Salutatorian.  Troxel, along with Lane Myshrall , were  recipients of National Merit $2,500 Scholarships. Only 23 graduates statewide received the scholarship.

Nearly 80% of this year’s graduate class plan to attend a two-year college or four-year university. Some of the places they plan to continue their education include: Princeton, Notre Dame, Baylor, Clemson, Villanova, Cal Poly, Colgate, UC Berkeley, William and Mary, Duke, UCLA, Dartmouth, and Tulane. Additionally, there will be Miners attending every Utah university and college this fall. Some graduates will be taking a gap year, working, entering the military, or serving missions.

PCHS was well represented in the Sterling Scholar Program with four winners and seven runners-up. Winners included:  Sydney LaPine, English;  Sydney Senn, Science; Annabella Miller, Skilled & Technical Science Education; and Mary Hurner, World Languages. Runners-up were:  Molly Gallagher, Business & Marketing; Gabriel Sherman, Computer Technology; Liam Hanrahan, Instrumental Music; Jack Skidmore, Mathematics; Siri Ahern, Social Science; Emma Sundahl, Vocal Performance; and Eleanor Ball, General Scholarship.

LEADERSHIP

The seniors have been led this year by  Laura Pederson, Senior Class President; and Noah Nasser, Student Body President. Lindsay Carreto and Edgar Pena served this year as Co-Presidents of Latinos in Action.

Lindsay Carreto has received the prestigious Ambassador Program Scholarship from Utah  State University. Only 30 students are selected. Lindsay will receive full tuition and fees for up to four years.

PCHS’s Parent-Teacher-Student Organization awarded the following scholarships: Ultimate Renaissance Miner, Paige Jones; Ultimate Sports Miner, Andrew Pederson; Resilience Award, Elena Polychronis; and Greatest Growth Award, Hannah Cunneen.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Winners of the inaugural Park City Student Service Awards are Jack Henry, Noah Nasser, Caroline Powell, Courtney Solomon, and  Alta Sweet Tabar who each volunteer at least 200 hours to community service.  This year’s seniors donated a combined total of 1,344 hours.

The National Charity League celebrated five graduates  who volunteered 750 hours combined to the Peace House, NAC, Youth Resource Center, Swaner Eco, Christian Center, Little Miracles, People’s Health Clinic, Summit Arts Council and Nuzzles. Those students are: Annie Sunderland, Kylie Farber, Taylor Farnell, Avery Lane & Caroline Haaijer.

Kataleeya Powers was named a co-winner of the 2020 Utah High School Big Sister of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah.

PERFORMING ARTS

Hannah Peers is the first-ever PCHS graduate invited to be a Joffrey Ballet School Trainee for the 2020-21 school year.

Congratulations to PCHS senior Tori Kenton who won a 2020 Utah High School Theatre Award tonight for Best Cameo in PCHS’s production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.”

The community will gets its final glimpse of the Class of 2020 on July 31 thanks to Deer Valley Resort’s generous offer to partner with PCHS to host one last celebration for the graduates.