The Class of 2019 was awarded more than $33 million in scholarships

Last week, nearly 2,750 students completed high school in Salem and Keizer. The district’s traditional high schools and alternative programs awarded 2,610 diplomas – almost 300 more than the previous year – and 118 GEDs. In addition, the Class of 2019 was awarded $33,567,905 million in scholarships.

Individual schools also saw great successes. At McKay High, 490 graduates earned $8.7 million in scholarships. Three students were named Ford Scholars, which covers 90 percent of unmet college costs. The Ford Scholars Program was created to assist students who otherwise would find it impossible, or at least very difficult, to obtain a college degree. Each year, 125 Ford Scholars are selected. In addition, 123 students received the Seal of Biliteracy, and all 59 AVID graduates were accepted into four-year universities.

At South Salem High, 100 percent of Black/African American students graduated, and Pacific Islander students increased their graduation rate by approximately 29 percentage points.

“Last year, we grew our graduation rate by more than three percentage points across the district,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “With our successes this year, we look forward to the official graduation rate release in January. We are especially proud of the work we did to support our students of color and Pacific Islander students. Our community outreach specialists truly became family to the students they served, helping them navigate any obstacle to graduating.”

Forty-seven students from the Early College walked across the stage with not only a diploma, but also college credit. The Teen Parent Program helped 26 students graduate. Through Roberts High, 82 students earned diplomas, and 89 earned GEDs. Forty-seven students graduated from the Community Transition Program.

The graduation numbers will continue to grow as students make up credits over the summer. Those students will be honored with a graduation ceremony at the completion of the summer.

Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Early College High School


  • Christopher Lemoss
  • Madisyn Otten


  • Julianna Aguilar
  • Faith Hovenden

McKay High


  • Shay Coons
  • Bryan Gaona Herrera
  • Matthew Quirate

McNary High


  • Noah Bach
  • Elisabeth Burleson
  • Hanna Corpe
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