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In our opinion: Good work, Class of 2014

Newberg, Dundee and St. Paul send hundreds of bright young minds into the world


We’ll spare you the usual platitudes about graduation, sending students out into the “real world” and rot like that, but as Newberg High School’s commencement Friday wrapped up graduation season you can be assured of this: Newberg, Dundee and St. Paul can be proud of its students and the schools that produced such high-achievers.June 11 editorial

The Newberg area — and we don’t just mean NHS, but also C.S. Lewis Academy, Veritas School and St. Paul High School — produces some exceptionally bright students.

Read through last week’s story about NHS’ eight valedictorians and four salutatorians and you’ll meet young men and women who have accomplished much already and are headed off to some impressive schools where we have no doubt they will comport themselves well.

The group will attend a wide array of universities and colleges throughout the West and study everything from engineering to music and dietetics, from criminal justice and business to graphic design.

You don’t get into schools like Oregon State University, Seattle University and Corban College without having burned a lot of midnight oil and received good instruction from enthusiastic teachers.

As documented on these pages a few weeks ago, Veritas valedictorian Lauren Klepinger is headed to Whitworth to study English on a full-ride scholarship.

The SPHS valedictorians featured on the schools page in the May 28 edition of this newspaper included Max Coleman, Kennedy Smith and Jessica Wilmes.

Coleman is headed to University of Puget Sound to study either chemistry or chemical engineering; Smith will attend Oregon State University and major in engineering, while Wilmes is bound for Gonzaga University and its nursing program.

C.S. Lewis Academy valedictorian Mikaela Raudsepp will attend Wichita State University in Kansas on an athletic scholarship and expects to study for a career in the medical field. CSLA salutatorian Halah Grobey will attend Whitworth University to study music.

These students and the hundreds of others at NHS, SPHS, CSLA and Veritas can all breath a collective sigh of relief now that their high school careers are over. Soon, however, many will immerse themselves in college and take on intellectual challenges for which we trust our local schools have prepared them well.

All we can say is good luck, well done and godspeed, 2014 graduates. We’ll be checking in from time to time to see how you’re doing. Do us proud!



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