Lindbergh High School Celebrates the Class of 2018
May 31, 2018
Students in Lindbergh High School’s 65th graduating class were awarded more than $21 million in scholarships this year, Principal Dr. Eric Cochran said during the school’s Class of 2018 graduation ceremony, May 29 at Chaifetz Arena.
Of the 495 graduates, 89.6 percent plan to attend college, 1.4 percent plan to enroll in schools of advanced training, 2.6 percent plan to serve in the military, 5.8 percent plan to enter the workforce, and .6 percent are undecided.
Senior speakers Aidan Kelley and Evelyn Reed spoke to overarching themes of comfort and change. They looked back on their school years in Lindbergh with fond memories, and ahead to the future with optimism.
High school is a place where students find comfort in teachers, friends and a set schedule, but it also is an environment where soon-to-be adults can create their own identities and follow their own paths, Kelley said.
“At Lindbergh, the best teachers I’ve had have made us leave this comfort, not to make us miserable but to make us grow,” Kelley said. “When we leave this auditorium, diplomas in hand, we will leave the comfort of school. … But we will always have opportunities to grow, and to improve ourselves if we seek them.”
Reed looked out into the sea of graduates and identified 16 members of her Truman Elementary School kindergarten class. She shared a story about a time when, as a 5-year-old she got in trouble for coloring on the floor with purple and yellow crayons during naptime.
“Today, I challenge each of you to take risks,” Reed said. “After all, life’s about using the whole box of crayons, isn’t it?”
Once again this year, LHS was ranked among America’s best high schools by U.S. News and World Report and the Washington Post – and with good reason. In this year’s class, 242 students were awarded scholarships, among those 54 Missouri Bright Flight Scholarships; 22 athletic scholarships; 136 A+ scholarships and 20 music, theatre and arts scholarships.
The Class of 2018 also includes four National Merit Finalists, five National Merit Semifinalists, seven National Merit Commended Students and nine International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates.
LHS Class of 2018: By the Numbers
- Graduates: 495
- Graduates attending college: 444 (89.6 percent)
- Four-year colleges: 274
- Two-year colleges: 170
- Schools of advanced training: 7 (1.4 percent)
- Military service: 13 (2.6 percent)
- Employment: 29 (5.8 percent)
- Undecided: 2 (.6 percent)