No denying D’Evelyn

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We had a great year here,” said D’Evelyn High School Principal Terry Elliott.

Accolades back that statement.

The Class of 2013 posted the best non-charter school ACT scores in the state.

Four seniors were National Merit Scholarship finalists. National publications again ranked D’Evelyn as one of the top 10 schools in the state.

The school’s 2012 graduates also bestowed the school with another honor — D’Evelyn graduates had the lowest college remediation class rates of all state schools. That means students with D’Evelyn diplomas were the least likely to have to retake high school level coursework in college.

“We’re excited about that, because it proves that were getting our students ready for that post-high school setting,” Elliott said.

Success at the school extended beyond the classroom as well.

The girls’ basketball team was the runner-up state champ in Class 4A for the second year in a row.

D’Evelyn’s girls’ soccer team and boys’ baseball team are both in the spring playoffs as well. The marching band dominated, repeating as division 2A state champs.

“Overall, in the classroom, on the field, in the community, we just really had students thriving,” Elliott said.

That across-the-board success is thanks to a positive attitude in the halls of D’Evelyn, Elliot said. He added that strong parent involvement has been an “overwhelming norm” this year, and also contributed to this year’s class’s overall success.

Presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney held a rally at the school in the fall, which Elliott said was a great opportunity to show students part of the democratic process up close.

Student Body President Sarah Porter helped introduce Romney. Months later Porter received a letter of recognition from President Obama for her volunteer work in the community.

Elliott said he was particularly impressed with this year’s senior class.

“They had these lifeguard shirts made up that said. ‘We’re on duty now.’ They really did look out for the rest of the student body this year. It’s a very supportive bunch,” Elliott said.

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