r By Bryce Walker
American Leadership Academy held its commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 25. Principal Shad Stevens said he had truly bonded with this graduating class. As part of his tribute to them, he personally made a 15-minute class video and handed each of them a DVD of the program as a gift. The program played before and after the commencement exercises. “ALA is growing stronger and stronger each year,” he said.
As their names were read, it was impressive to hear that the vast majority of graduates had already enrolled in college or were planning to serve in the military or on LDS missions.
ALA’s valedictorian is Julia Wilkins who was also a Sterling Scholar in English. She earned a 35 on her ACT and graduated with a GPA of a 4.0. Their Salutatorian is Devin Johnson who graduated with his associate’s degree from Utah Valley University and was a Sterling Scholar for Computer Technology along with being a member of the National Honor Society.
High School Counselor June Jensen said, “We had 118 seniors and two juniors that graduated. To show you how impressive these kids are, this graduation class earned over $750,000 dollars in scholarships.”