Publication of Park City School District

JUNE 2021
Special Edition - Class of 2021

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What's Inside:

Class of 2021
National Merit Finalists
Northeast Regional Sterling Scholar Competition
Theater State Drama Competition
Academic All-State - Spring 2021
Second Annual Student Service Award
PCHS Class of 2021 Stats
College Acceptance
Additional Scholarships and Awards
What's Next?
Oh, the Places You'll Go
Summer Plans
Achieving Multilingualism in PCSD

Class of 2021

Graduation is a time to celebrate! Seniors, thank you for the fine example you have set and for all of your hard work. Thank you for building our school with your academic, moral and athletic strengths. Best wishes as you move forward through life. Come and visit us often and share with us your accomplishments. 

~ Roger Arbabi, Park City High School Principal

View Seniors Slideshow


Congratulations to the 2021 Valedictorians and Salutatorians! At PCHS, valedictorian and salutatorian are chosen based on weighted GPA. Weighted grades (.0125) are added for Advanced Placement grades of A, B or C each quarter.

Alexis Ann Aldous
Drew Jacob Neff

Ellie Sky Anderson
Cameron Walker Solomon

National Merit Finalists

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Students with the highest Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores receive recognition. Though some only make it as semi-finalists, finalists are chosen based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. Evaluation is based on: the finalist's academic record, information about the school's curriculum and grading system, PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the finalist's own essay. Congratulations to PCHS’s three finalists!  

Ellie Anderson
Wyatt Petersen
Lauren Stampfli

For more information on these finalists, see March’s newsletter.

Northeast Regional Sterling Scholar Competition

The Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group created the Sterling Scholar Awards with a purpose to publicly recognize and encourage the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship of high school students graduating in the 2020-21 school year in the state of Utah. Students are nominated by category by their schools and must have extraordinary scholarship scores as well as service in leadership and community service/citizenship opportunities at their Utah public high school. They are then judged based on these categories, an electric portfolio filled out by the nominees and personal interviews. Congratulations to all PCHS Sterling Scholars! You were all amazing and represented PCHS beautifully.

Alexis Aldous - General
Lucia Auerbach - English
Mia Cutler - Instrumental Music (runner-up winner)
Megan Ellis - Agricultural Science
Savanna Hale - Family/Consumer Science
Erin Hardy - World Language (runner-up winner)
Lucas Hoeksema - Social Science
Elle Hopkins - Visual Art
Hailey Hultberg - Dance (runner-up winner)
Ana Kaiserman - Skilled and Tech. Education
Stryder Larsen - Speech/Theater/Forensics and Debate
Josie Marshall - Business and Marketing
Drew Neff - Computer Science (1st place winner)
Max O'Reilly - Vocal Performance (runner-up winner)
Cameron Solomon - Science (runner-up winner)
Derek Su - Mathematics 

Theater State Drama Competition

Performers are evaluated by qualified UHSAA judges and must meet eligibility requirements. Points are awarded or taken off based on timing, following specific procedures and quality of the performance. 

Jonathan Mount - Straight Superior in Musical Theater 
Portia Kermizis - Straight Superior in Dramatic Monologue

Academic All-State – Spring 2021

Every season, the UHSAA evaluates nominees based on their unweighted cumulative high school GPA, ACT/SAT score and nomination form. Students must be a varsity contributor and have either a 4.0 unweighted GPA or meet a determined index score.

Instrumental Music
Brooke Barbosa
Nora Wall 

Lucia Auerbach
Isabella Bartmess
Jack Gladson
Max O'Reilly
Tom Perret
Derek Su
Caroline Waldmann

Boys Tennis
Montgomery Krakovitz
Drew Neff

Girls Golf
Josie Marshall 

Boys Track
Aidan Cannon
Bennett Diamond
Coco Lukrich
Slade Schemmer 

Boys Lacrosse
Lucas Hoeksema
Connor Monson
Tyler Vendetti
Cole Ward 

Boys Soccer
Josh Baniewicz 

Girls Lacrosse
Avery Stewart

Second Annual Student Service Award

Since being created in 2019, the Park City Student Service Award has followed young volunteers and activists in Park City, Utah, as they have aided our community, state and world with their volunteer spirit. These students, in Grades 6-12, have donated their time, talent and skills to support people and causes they are passionate about. Since 2019, they have committed 4,000+ hours to volunteering. They are our future philanthropists and volunteers, and it is with great enthusiasm that The McGuire Family Foundation and the Park City School District honor and recognize these students.

The Student Service Award has the mission of honoring and recognizing student volunteers, living and going to school in Park City, who serve the community, state and world at large with great spirit and determination. 


Overall Senior Award Honoree

Drew Neff with 160 hours this past year: 96 hours with Park City Education Foundation and 64 hours with Meals on Wheels. Over four years of high school, Drew volunteered a total of 370 hours.


Senior Honor Cord Honorees - 8

Ava Blessing Ford - 384.5 hours over four years
Lucas Hoeksema - 260 hours over four years
Elle Patricia Hopkins - 200 hours over four years
Hailey Hultberg - 242 hours over four years
Katie McGuire - 308.25+ hours over four years
Drew Neff - 370 hours over four years
Jillian Perry- 233.5 hours over four years
Liam Wallis - 200 hours over four years
Over four years these 8 seniors have volunteered 2,197 hours!

PCHS Class of 2021 Stats:

  • 400 students in the graduation program 

  • The class as a whole submitted more than 2,000 college applications

  • Of the total class, 72% attending a 4 year college and 8% a  2 year college

  • 21% of the class is considered a First Generation college student

  • Of those 21%, 49% will be attending a 4 year college and 14% attending a 2 year college

  • Our graduates will be attending 120 different colleges and universities

  • The class has self-reported to have earned approximately $14,375,000 for all scholarships received

  • Class average GPA of 3.6

  • Class average ACT is 25

College Acceptance

Though some students are still deciding on their next step or may choose to take a gap year after graduation, PCHS has traditionally had a very high college placement rate. With over 80% of graduates going on to universities across the nation and world: the class of 2021 is no exception. Here is a list of colleges 2021 PCHS graduates have been accepted to so far:

American Musical and Dramatic Academy, American University, Arizona State University, Auburn University, Bates College, Berklee College of Music, Boise State University, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, Brewton-Parker College, Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Broadview University, Brown University, Bryant & Stratton College, California Polytechnic State University, California Institute of Technology, California Lutheran University, California State University Long Beach, Carnegie Mellon University, Central Washington University, Chapman University, Claremont McKenna College, Clark Honors College, Clemson University, Colgate University, College of Charleston, Colorado Christian University, Colorado Mesa University, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Columbia College, Columbia University, Connecticut College, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Davidson College, Dixie State College, Elon University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Emerson College, Emory University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Florida State University, Full Sail University, Fort Lewis College, George Fox University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern University, Gonzaga University, Grand Canyon University, Hamilton College, Harvard University, Haverford College, Iowa State University, Kenyon College, King's College London, Lewis & Clark College, Louisiana State University, Loyola Marymount University, Lynn University, Macalester College, McGill University, Michigan State University, Middlebury College, Montana State University, Mountainland Technical College, New Mexico State University, New York University, Northeastern University, Northern Arizona University, Northern Michigan University, Northwestern University, Occidental College, Ohio State University, Oregon State University, Pace University, Pacific Lutheran University, Pacific University, Penn State University, Pepperdine University, Pitzer College, Point Loma Nazarene University, Pomona College, Portland State University, Purdue University College of Engineering, Reed College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Salem State University, Salt Lake Community College, San Diego State University, Santa Clara University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Scripps College, Seattle University, Seton Hall University, Smith College, Sonoma State University, South Dakota School of Mines, Southern Methodist University, Southern Nazarene University, Southern Utah University, St. John’s University, St. Mary’s College or Maryland, St. Mary’s University, St. Olaf College, Stanford University, SUNY Cortland, Syracuse University, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, Texas State University, The New School, Trinity College, Tufts University, Tulane University, United States Air Force Academy, United States Coast Guard Academy, United States Military Academy West Point, United States Naval Academy, University of Arizona, University of Athens, University of California Berkeley, University of California Davis, University of California Irvine, University of California Los Angeles, University of California San Diego, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Chicago, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Denver, University of Edinburgh, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Glasgow, University of Hawaii System, University of Idaho, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, University of Iowa - Honors College, University of Manchester, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Miami, University of Montana, University of North Carolina, University of Northern Colorado, University of Notre Dame, University of Ohio, University of Oklahoma, University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania, University of Portland, University of Richmond, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California, University of St Andrews, University of Tennessee, University of Texas at Austin, University of Utah, University of Utah - Honors College, University of Vermont, University of Victoria, University of Virginia, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, University of Wyoming, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Vassar College, Villanova University, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest University, Washington State University, Washington University, Weber State University, Wesleyan University, Western Colorado University, Western Washington University, Westminster College, Willamette University, William and Mary, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Wheaton College, Yale University

Bolded Colleges are Ivy League Schools or had <10% acceptance rates in 2019.

Additional Scholarships and Awards

Congratulations to several students for their college scholarships and awards. From full ride athletic scholarships to musical awards, PCHS students are achieving great success in all areas. While there are too many to mention by name, PCSD is so proud of each of you and your hard work!

What’s Next?

Check out what each graduate is up to next by visiting PCHS 2021’s instagram page!


Oh, the Places You'll Go!

During the last few months, students have been finalizing their post-graduation plans. Several are planning to go on to further education. While some are still making their final decisions, here is a word cloud depicting the most popular choices so far.

Summer Plans

We asked our 2021 graduates what they would be up to post graduation. While high school may be over, the adventures are really only just beginning. Here are some responses we got:


  • Traveling to Europe
  • Hitting the road for a West coast road trip for a month
  • Road Trip! Mexico 
  • Moving to NYC, NY
  • Traveling the world
  • Road trip to the Pacific Northwest
  • Trekking in Peru


  • Starting my own business
  • Self-publish my third Sci Fi/Dystopian novel
  • Working on my private pilot license
  • Welding Internship
  • Working as a teacher's aid and tutoring 8th grade math


  • Playing Junior Hockey for the Long Beach Sharks in NY in the NA3HL
  • Competing in a full Ironman Triathlon in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • Racing in the Formula Car Challenge on the west coast in a Formula Pro Mazda
  • Training at the World Arena Skating Academy in Colorado Springs
  • Riding my bicycle over 3,000 miles from Savannah, Georgia, to Los Angeles, California

Having Fun

  • Hockey
  • Golf
  • Mountain biking 
  • Playing beach volleyball
  • Wakeboarding
  • Riding my motorcycle
  • Hanging out with friends


  • Going on a humanitarian trip to Kenya
  • Volunteering at Copper Moose Farm
  • Serving a mission in Houston, Texas
  • Called to the Honolulu Hawaii Mission 
  • Youth link Mission Trip to Peru
  • Humanitarian work in Belize
  • PADMA Service Trip to Nicaragua to build a house for family in need


  • Sleeping in! 
  • Enjoying my last summer as a “kid"
  • Saving some money
  • Learning how to do my own laundry and cook

Whether you are traveling the world, helping others, having some good fun or sleeping in, PCSD wishes you all the best in these next adventures!

Achieving Multilingualism in PCSD

Our students have achieved high levels of proficiency in multiple languages through many pathways, including: 

  • Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program: This year, we have 30 graduates who attended 1st grade in Park City School District's first Spanish DLI cohort at Parley's Park Elementary back in the 2009-10 school year. 

  • Bridge program: These upper university-level, concurrent enrollment courses are available to all students who score a 3 or higher on their respective AP test, allowing them to work beyond the normal AP level and “bridge” their K-12 and university language studies: 44 of our graduates have accessed these Spanish and French courses, 14 of them for all three years in 10th-12th grade.

  • World Languages (WL) courses: Beginning as soon as 6th grade, we have graduates who started in middle school and eventually took the AP test to join their DLI classmates in the Bridge program.

  • Spanish for Spanish Speakers courses: Beginning as soon as 8th grade, some graduates capitalized on their native proficiency by taking these courses and eventually the AP Spanish test alongside the DLI and WL students, as early as 9th grade.

  • Primary home languages other than English: Many of our multilingual learners have worked through 13+ years of mastering academic content–not just half of the day, but the entire day–in a new language.

  • Living abroad: We also have students who began developing proficiency in other languages while immersed in other cultures, and many of them went on to further their study in these languages upon moving (back) to Park City.

Through these pathways, this year we potentially have more than 100 graduates who will earn the prestigious Seal of Biliteracy on their transcript, which certifies to future employers and educational institutions that the respective graduate has achieved high proficiency levels in multiple languages. We couldn't be more proud of our Class of 2021. We’re excited to see the things they go on to accomplish.

Once again, congratulations again to our 2021 Graduates! May you have great success in this next chapter of life.

For more information and frequent updates, please visit our website:

Park City School District 
2700 Kearns Blvd.
Park City, UT  84060

Phone: 435.645.5600
Fax: 435.645.5609

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