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Dickinson ISD was extremely honored to celebrate the more than 700 graduates of the Dickinson High School Class of 2020 at a graduation ceremony Thursday, June 4 in Sam Vitanza Stadium. While COVID-19 social distancing restrictions only allowed the district to offer each seniors two tickets for guests, nice weather and a full moon provided a great backdrop to a night the seniors looked forward to and very much deserved.
Dickinson High School seniors Andrea Uribe and Caleb Diamond, pictured above, received top honors this year as they led the Class of 2020 with the top two grade point averages earning them the honors of Valedictorian and Salutatorian.
Andrea Uribe, Valedictorian
Andrea is looking forward to attending Texas A&M University in College Station to major in biomedical engineering with plans for a future career in the cardiovascular area. She enjoys the technical aspect of math, working with numbers and the feeling of satisfaction she gets after solving a hard math problem.
Andrea is a four-year member of the Dickinson High School Band, where she plays the clarinet and has served as drum major her junior and senior years. She was recognized as a Region Band honoree the past three years. In addition, she is a member of several honor societies at DHS and has volunteered in the Dickinson community.
“Dickinson is one big family. I have seen this throughout the years, including when we went through Hurricane Harvey. You feel like you are part of a family and you belong,” said Andrea.
Andrea will go to college with nearly $13,000 in scholarships, including a $500 Dickinson High School Band Booster Club Scholarship, $1,000 Dickinson ISD Staff and Foundation Cornerstone Scholarship, a $1,500 True Cross Women’s Club Scholarship and a Valedictorian Tuition Waiver estimated at $11,340.
To the DHS Class of 2020, Andrea says, “Don’t give up, even though this year has been hard and not how we expected it to end. We have so much more to look forward to and we will see each other again.”
Caleb Diamond, Salutatorian
Caleb will be attending Texas A&M University in College Station to major in and pursue a career in chemical engineering.
He has been involved in the Dickinson High School Band all four years playing the euphonium. He is also a member of several different honor societies and has volunteered in the Dickinson community. Caleb moved to Dickinson ISD in the fourth grade, and attended Bay Colony Elementary, Dunbar Middle School and McAdams Junior High before entering DHS.
Caleb’s achievements were recognized recently with a $1,000 scholarship from Chemic Engineers and Constructors, Inc.
To the Class of 2020, Caleb says, “Keep yourself busy with school and work. It will make college go by much faster.” His advice to incoming freshmen is to “do what it takes now to get yourself ahead instead of waiting until your junior or senior year to worry about grades.”
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