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GRIFFITH — A total of 189 seniors went to the head of the class Sunday during Griffith High School's 94th commencement ceremony.

"This is a day to celebrate their achievement," Assistant Principal Delincia Smith said.

Principal Brian Orkis said their accomplishments are many, including 63 students with academic honors or technical honors diplomas and more than $2 million achieved in scholarships and advance college credits earned.

During their four years, the class of 2018 graduates had a hand in many accomplishments — including several for the first time in school history: bronze medal recipient from U.S. News and World Report as one of America's best high schools; AP Honor Roll by the College Board; and the Washington Post's list of America's Most Challenging High Schools, Orkis said.

"The class has definitely moved the bar to a level we have never experienced," Orkis said. "(It) has the ability to possibly change our world."

Orkis also touched on various other areas of excellence, including the high school robotics team, a Best Buddies Program to help students with special needs and a long list of accomplishments in golf, softball, football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, bowling and the Special Olympics.

The Drama and Fine Arts departments also raised the achievement bar and thousands of dollars were raised for Riley Children’s Health and Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids.

Class President Alicia Schoon expressed appreciation to the School Board, teachers and administrators for helping them be successful.

She added that everyone made best friends for a lifetime and "we have left a permanent mark on Griffith High School."

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