CLAYTON The Mill Creek School Board took time to recognize the outstanding achievements of its students, particularly at Cascade High School, during its monthly meeting this week.
The board presented its annual Excellence Awards, honoring one student each from the district’s high school and two elementary schools.
Senior Emily Ruben, Cascade High School’s recipient, has a resume that speaks for itself.
Ruben has maintained a 4.2 GPA throughout her high school career and ranks fifth in her class. She was an Academic All-Star this year, in addition to being named Academic All-Conference and Academic All-State in soccer. Ruben has been a three-time Spell Bowl champion, is a member of National Honor Society, and is an active member of her community through various volunteer efforts.
Ruben said she’s honored to get the award, and has learned to balance a hectic schedule.
“It’s a big time management thing,” she said. “I’ve learned how to split what I like to do and what I have to do, and I’ve learned to like what I have to do as well.”
Ruben plans to attend Purdue University in the fall.
Austin Decker, senior class president, mentioned that the school raised $8,500 for the Relay for Life campaign, a walk-a-thon that raises funds and awareness to fight cancer.
The high school was not just successful in extracurricular activities. Assistant Principal Brant Donovan highlighted the school’s numerous academic achievements.
The percentage of students receiving Honors Diplomas increased from 35.9 percent in 2011 to 52 percent in ‘14, while the number of students receiving general diplomas decreased to 2.4 percent this year. He added that 80.2 percent of students took the SAT this year, up from 66 percent in 2011.
The ECA English scores went up 12 percent from 2011, Donovan said, adding that students had an 87.7 percent passing rate in 2013.