Yavapai County High School (YCHS) graduated 24 students on May 21, 2009. This is the 15th graduation ceremony since the school was established in August, 2001 and the highest number of students ever to graduate in a class.
All students completed Arizona requirements for graduation and received their diplomas at a ceremony held at the Davis Learning Center on the Emery Riddle campus. Families, guests, and Yavapai County High School staff filled the auditorium. Student speakers were graduates Melissa Lynch, Lauren Tidwell, Justin Nugent, and Christal Martinez. In addition, former principal of YCHS Jim Taylor gave the keynote speaker.
County School Superintendent, Tim Carter and Principal, Claudia Davies presented diplomas to the following students: Tori Barrett, Jaxon Brann, Rachel Brown, Daniel Clem, Candace Gorski, Jacob Heck, Cameron Holland, Emily Housel, Zack London, Melissa Lynch, Christal Martinez, Salvador Martinez, Jr., Casey Moreno, Justin Newcomer, Justin Nugent, Josh Paola, Kelsey Prince, Sarah Simpson, Kelsey Sweet, Lauren Tidwell, Tara Tittle, Brianna Woods and RachelleZyla. Graduating seniors Lauren Tidwell, Rachel Brown and Rachelle Zyla received grants and scholarships from Yavapai College. Candice Gorski was the recipient of the Education Talent Search scholarship as well as receiving the YCHS honors award, a laptop computer.
Yavapai County high School was established by the Yavapai Accommodation School District to accommodate high school students throughout Yavapai County who are “at risk” for completing high school. The vision of YCHS is “to provide an individualized, relevant education in a safe, nurturing environment. YCHS sets high expectations for student learning, accountability, and responsibility in order to produce successful citizens and lifelong learners.”