The Highland High School Class of 2017 will feature 203 graduates Sunday, including co-valedictorians.
Jacob Lucas Mitchell of Trenton, the son of William and Melanie Mitchell, and Taylor Ann Townsend of Highland, the daughter of Kevin and Patti Townsend, will share the top honor in the class, both having achieved a grade point average of 5.36. Both plan on attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville — Mitchell to study chemistry and Townsend will study accounting.
Sarah Elizabeth Jansen of Highland, the daughter of Andrew and Laura Jansen, earned a GPA of 5.32 and is the class salutatorian. She plans on attending the University of Illinois Springfield to major in biochemistry on the pre-medicine program.
Including the valedictorians and salutatorian, the class has 30 graduates of distinction, students with GPAs 5.0 and over. The class also includes 59 high honors students, 55 honors students, 59 National Honor Society members and 18 students who will be entering military service.
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