IPA’s second graduating class, calling themselves “Second to None,” celebrated their commencement at Lanikuhonua on May 21. This year’s seniors had the distinction of being the first to present the school’s new Alma Mater. Valedictorian Christopher Hirlinger addressed graduates and guests, and Salutatorian Caitlin Arde offered thoughts about the school experiences she and her classmates shared over the past several years. They, too, like the first graduating class, have had important roles to play in shaping traditions and school culture.
This class has distinguished itself in a number of ways. The Rotary Interact Club, now about 50 members strong, was founded two years ago by several students in the Class of 2011, who continued to lead the group’s many community service activities this year. Seniors in student government led the way to the biggest food bank drive in school history, as well. The varsity boys basketball team, with leadership from four seniors, won the ILH Division II title and took fourth in the state tournament.
The 38 seniors will be headed to colleges across the country and around the world next year, having garnered over $1 million in scholarships in the college application process. The University of Edinburgh in Scotland and International Christian University in Japan will be welcoming Navigators in the fall. State universities across the western United States, along with Harvey Mudd College, Gonzaga University, Occidental, Lewis and Clark University and Reed College are among the schools offering admission to the Class of 2011. Seniors have been admitted to art schools, Otis School of Art and Design and School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and engineering and technical schools, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Colorado School of Mines. Other state universities across the Midwest, South and East Coast of the U.S. will also welcome IPA alums next year. (See a combined list of college acceptances for the first two graduating classes.)