The Phoenix Reporter and Item (http://www.phoenixvillenews.com)

Perkiomen Valley High School Graduates Historic Class


By EJ SMITH, For 21st Century Media

Monday, June 10, 2013

COLLEGEVILLE — The Perkiomen Valley High School broadcast their 44th commencement ceremony on Friday, June 7. With the ceremony came the recognition of the achievements of the historic class.
“Around 40 percent of our students achieved a GPA of 4.0 or higher,” Principal Cynthia G. Lewis said. “That’s the highest percentage in the history of our school.”
In addition to the academic excellence, the class of 2013 also displayed athletic prowess, having success in numerous sports including basketball and boys swimming, where they brought home conference titles.
92 percent of the 453 graduates will be attending a university or a trade school, while two will be going into the military and five percent going straight into the work force.
Lewis believes the students’ excellence exemplifies the ability of the class in the future.
“I think this class really has a lot of potential, they have the will, they have the drive, and they have the ability to do really great things. Based on what they’ve shown us and how they’ve grown together, I really believe they’ll have an impact.”
Lori Snyder, president of the school board, stressed the eternal bond the graduates will have with PV.
“No other graduation will mean as much as this one,” Snyder said. “No other graduation will contain so many people that have helped shape who you are. We’ve known you for 16 or 17 years, and you can never leave that behind.”
The close bond of the class was also appreciated by their principal.
“This group is very spirited, not just in school spirit, but they have the ability to bond together,” Lewis said. “In addition to going to all the games and encouraging each other, they really rallied together the whole year, and I wish them the best.”