That was the word Rick Jorgenson, Redwood Valley High School principal, used to describe the Class of 2017.

Whether it was in academics, athletics or the fine arts, Jorgenson said the 73 candidates for graduation from this year’s senior class have, in their own way, demonstrated success and a focus on their future.

According to Jorgenson, 25 of those students took at least one College Now or Advanced Placement course, and, of those 25, 18 of them took and additional upper-level math or science class.

Nine members of this year’s senior class took at least one post-secondary course this year, and eight students participated in the school’s career mentorship program.

Of the students, 26 were named to the honors list, and 20 members of the class were so focused on school that they were recognized with an attendance award. 

“This has been a high achieving class,” said Jorgensen, adding the fact that the students have the potential to earn more than $300,000 in scholarships over the next four years is evidence of that.

For Jorgenson, the focus of the college and career ready programs, the emphasis on making it to the end through the commitment to graduation and the encouragement to be in school offered to the students was intended to help them see just how important decisions made now can impact their future.

“This has been a personable and very friendly class,” said Jorgensen. “They are easy to talk to. I am truly sad to see them go.”

Yet Jorgensen added he is excited to see what is in store for their futures.

The RVHS Class of 2017 will be presented diplomas at a ceremony being held this coming Sunday (May 21) in the Redwood Valley schools gym starting at 1 p.m.

The public is invited to attend.