Class of ’08 hits the road
As Park City High School students graduate today, their paths will take them all across the world. While many students will continue their scholarship at some of the finest universities and colleges, others will work or defend their country.
Of the 297 reportings students graduating or leaving Park City High School, better than 80 percent have plans to attend four year schools. That percentage should climb in the next year as some of the students not immediately headed for college will enroll in school after a year off or following completion of their mission.
Those who have not yet enrolled, or decided upon an affirmed course in their lives, still have plans. Brandon Bayes, for instance will move to Monterey, California this Fall to accompany a friend. While there, Bayes plans to continue his work at Sav-On and hopefully climb up the ranks to a management position before he returns to school. The experience, he hopes, will help him "grow in maturity a little more," he said. Meanwhile, Tyler Gauteri will look to spend time in Alaska as fly-fishing guide. As a guide, he will spend his time on jet boats and lodges. When the time is right, he still expects to go to college.
Of 85 percent of students who will attend college, the location of their schools and their courses of study will vary widely. Although most students will stay in the state of Utah, many will travel to spots in California or the East Coast. A few will even study at universities in other nations.
A few students will explore the world in other ways. At least two students from the graduating class plan on entering the armed forces. Michael Emilio Gonzales will enlist in the Marines. Lucas Turkington will join the Army.
Park City High School students will also continue their athletic excellence. Ten of the students going to college have signed letters of intent to participate in collegiate level athletics. At least one student expects to differ college entrance to ski competitively.
The class of 2008 by the numbers:
A total of 329 students enrolled in the senior class this year at Park City High School.
5 percent will go to 2-year schools
62 percent were accepted to their first choice schools
45 percent of the graduating class are going to school in state
39 percent will attend out of state schools
1 percent will enroll out of the country
2 students intend to travel
4 percent are going to work
Two students will serve in the military
Two students will internships
One will ski competitively
8 percent of the students are undecided or not reported
3 percent signed letters of intent to play sports
80 four year schools were chosen
9 two year schools were chosen
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