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Superintendent’s Update, June 2018

June 2018

Dear Friends:

SUBJECT:  Class of 2018 sets remarkable records

“By all accounts, this is the most academically and athletically accomplished class in the history of West Ottawa Public Schools – a class which the historians may point to when they say, ‘those were the golden years at West Ottawa.’ This is no embellishment or hyperbole and I am not saying these words just because it is your graduation day. This is a truly special class.”

That was the description used by Principal Todd Tulgestke when speaking to the over 3,000 people gathered at the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2018 on May 24.

Principal Tulgestke went on to describe the truly remarkable accomplishments of this class. “In fact, since academic statistics have been closely tracked, the Class of 2018 now stands alone in nearly every major academic category. Also remarkable is that this group of seniors has also set many athletic and extracurricular records as well.”

Notable academic, athletic, and extracurricular accomplishments of the Class of 2018 are:

  • 529 graduates
  • 182 grads finished with a GPA of 3.5 or higher (new record)
  • 85 grads earned 750 or more points in our Scholar Rank system (new record)
  • 17 Valedictorians (4.0)
  • Nine Salutatorians (3.99) (new record)
  • 56 grads earned AP Scholar recognition by the end of their Junior year (new record)
  • 15 National Merit Commended students (new record)
  • Five National Merit Finalists (new record)
  • Three National Merit Scholarship recipients (new record)
  • Over 40% of the class earned college credit while still in high school (new record)
  • $5.1 million in 1st year college scholarships (new record)
  • $19.9 million in total renewable scholarships (new record)
  • 220 first generation students headed to post secondary education opportunities (new record)
  • Dance Marathon student team raised over $35,000 for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (new record for any high school in Michigan)
  • Senior Survivor raised over $26,000 for WINWO charity (new record)
  • The Class of 2018 won 14 OK Red Conference titles, 6 District titles, 5 Regional titles, and 3 State Runner-Up titles during their varsity careers
  • Boys Hockey- state quarterfinal, best season in school history
  • Boys Football- state quarterfinal, best season in school history
  • Boys Baseball- state quarterfinal, district and regional champion
  • Girls Cross Country- state finals, 16th place overall
  • Girls Tennis- state finals, 7th place overall
  • Girls Swimming- state finals, 8th place overall
  • Girls Water Polo- state finals, 7th place overall
  • Boys Swimming- Division 1 State Runner Up, best season in school history
  • Boys Basketball- Division 1 State Runner Up, best season in school history

My Best,

Thomas K. Martin
Superintendent of Schools
West Ottawa Public Schools



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