Celebrating the Lakota Class of 2017

Celebrating the Lakota Class of 2017
Posted on 04/28/2017
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Commencement Exercises Set for May 18, May 19

Graduation ceremonies for Lakota's Class of 2017 will take place at Xavier's Cintas Center. Lakota East's ceremony is on Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m.; Lakota West will hold their event the next evening, May 19 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are not required to attend and doors open to the public one hour prior to the start of each ceremony.

Following tradition, each school’s valedictorian and salutatorian will have an opportunity to address their peers, family and friends in attendance.

This year’s valedictorians are (top left) Emma Stiefel - GPA 4.9002 (Lakota East) and (top right) Erik Isele - GPA 4.9595 (Lakota West).

The salutatorians are (bottom left) Isa Malik - GPA 4.8820 (Lakota East) and (bottom right) Jordyn Hunter - GPA 4.8980 (Lakota West).

These students are well-accomplished both inside and outside the classroom; here's what their principals had to say about their top students' achievements.

"Emma Stiefel embodies academic achievement," said Lakota East Principal Suzanna Davis. "From her commitment to academic studies to her superior journalistic skills, Emma approaches everything she does with a quiet confidence, leading by example. Emma was recently named the National Student Journalist of the Year Runner-Up, an honor that captures the passion, dedication and attention to detail she shows in all that she does."

"Isa Malik has shown amazing dedication to his academic studies," continued Davis. "Through his commitment to a rigorous academic program as well participating in a variety of organizations and a West Chester Hospital Internship, Isa has been persistent in his pursuits of excellence. His attention to detail is evident in all that he does."

"Erik Isele has done an excellent job of balancing his many outside activities with his academic endeavors," said West Principal Elgin Card. "He is currently working for the University of Cincinnati on a research project focusing on the development of renewable charcoal production by harnessing solar energy for use in third world countries. Erik also played first singles on the tennis team and has been running a part-time tennis racket re-stringing business since 2012. He is a hard worker who dedicates himself to whatever endeavor he takes on."

"In whatever Jordyn Hunter decides to take on she is dedicated and all about business," said Card. "Outside of the classroom, Jordyn participated in several extracurricular activities such as Mu Alpha Theta, the academic quiz team, and the junior classical league. Jordyn has also contributed to the surrounding community by using her academic gifts to tutor underprivileged children during after school programs and to teach English to students who spoke English as a second language."


Congratulations to the entire Class of 2017!

Watch for our post-graduation newsletter for highlights of the commencement exercises.