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2018 PHS Graduating Class Full of Accomplishments

27 May 2018  

342 students received their diplomas Friday night.

It was a night of celebration and tears as 342 Prescott High School (PHS) seniors donned their caps and gowns and walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.

While the mere act of graduating is an achievement in itself, there were many other accomplishments amongst these students to celebrate, as explained by Principal Stephanie Hillig.

"I am so proud to be the Principal of this graduating class," Hillig stated in her welcome to those in attendance. "Tonight we will be honoring these amazing students for their hard work, dedication and accomplishments… The list of accomplishments I could go over tonight is very long and it’s very impressive. I’m just going to share a few of them with you now. Amongst these seniors, we have 49 graduates of distinction. Their academic success exceeds local, state and national levels. As a class, this group has obtained over $8.5 million dollars in scholarships this year. In addition to a strong academic class, amongst these students are members of the Prescott High School Junior ROTC program, which earned for the 12th year in a row a Distinguished Unit of Honor. One of these seniors amongst us won State in cross country. Another was recently recognized by the AIA* as a Student Athlete of the Year. You will see the senior members of the Band and Choir who received distinguished awards for their performances throughout the school year. Mock Trial, Academic Decathalon and Robotics also earned recognition at the state level this year. The list of accomplishments goes on and on for this class. I am so very proud of each and every one of you tonight."

*Arizona Interscholastic Association.



This evening was especially poignant for Hillig as she watched her twin daughters graduate. Superintendent Joe Howard’s twin boys also graduated Friday night. Board President John Mackin and Board Member Dr. Hicks each had graduating seniors in the class of 2018.


This is Hillig’s last year as principal of PHS She will be taking over the reins of Abia Judd Elementary School as Principal. Mark Goligoski will be the new principal at PHS in the 2018-19 academic year.

Class of 2018

Editor’s note: We always want to get photos of every student as they step off the platform. Every year, a couple of students manage to slip away before we can catch them with the camera, but we try our best!

Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She will be leaving for new adventures on May 15, 2020.