HILLSBOROUGH: High school seniors to cross into adulthood with graduation

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Andrew Martins, Managing Editor
Hundreds of students from Hillsborough High School will reach a new platform in their adult lives next week, as they head to the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton for the Class of 2017’s graduation ceremony.
On June 20, at 3 p.m., nearly 550 HHS seniors will don their customary caps and gowns, listening to the addresses of Joyce Lu, this year’s valedictorian, and Chitra Parikh this year’s salutatorian, and waiting their turn to receive their diplomas.
Hillsborough High School Principal Karen Bingert said she was thrilled with the culmination of four years of student and activity that the Class of 2017 experienced.
“I have had the honor and privilege of celebrating the accomplishments of truly outstanding students and human beings at our upcoming commencement, and I know that the Hillsborough High School Class of 2017 will go on to represent HHS exceptionally well in their future pursuits,” Hillsborough High School Principal Karen Bingert said. “I am extremely proud of them and offer them my sincerest congratulations.”
Under state regulations, students looking to graduate from high school must have completed 120 credits, including four years of English literacy courses and three years of math courses, among others.
Though some students will move on from high school to enter the workforce, join the military or pursue other endeavors, information provided by the district suggests that approximately 87 percent of the student body plans to continue their education at either two-year or four-year institutions.
According to the district, students will be attending a wide range of post-secondary institutions, including: Adelphi University, American University, Arizona State University, Binghamton University, Boston College, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Centenary University, Chapman University, College of William and Mary, Cornell University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Institute of Technology and Florida State University.
Regardless of where this graduating class ends up, Bingert said she was confident they would find success and happiness in the years ahead.
“This graduating class is full of hope, enthusiasm, and promise,” she said. “The graduates have carved their own way at HHS, creating new clubs and activities, excelling in their academics, earning accolades in virtually every arena, and giving their all to their many other pursuits, showing that being a Raider is about perseverance, passion, devotion, citizenship, and artistry, no matter what the field of interest.”