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Chandler district high schools celebrate graduations Wednesday

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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 5:08 pm | Updated: 9:24 am, Thu May 31, 2012.

Students in the Chandler Unified School District’s high schools receive their diplomas Wednesday night. They already have some impressive resumes.

Chandler High School seniors alone have been awarded more than $28 million in scholarships. Examples of standout graduates abound. For instance, Ilesha Sevak plans to attend the medical program at New Jersey Institute of Technology after garnering a 4.733 grade point average — higher than the 4.0 (all As) because of weighted classes — and being president of the science club, all while making time to achieve a Taekwondo black belt and taking International Baccalaureate courses.

Then there’s Katherine Richardson, who received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy’s West Point. Richardson’s grade point average also is an impressive 4.73, a feat achieved while representing her school and club swim teams, competing in Model U.N. and also being a candidate for an International Baccalaureate diploma.

Seniors in the Chandler district — 2,500 strong — have been awarded about $78 million in scholarships for the fall, according to the district.

And that doesn’t count the many who will receive a Regents High Honors Endorsement Scholarship, given for excelling on Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards.

East Valley graduations began last week, when most took place. Chandler district operates on a modified year-round schedule.

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