CV High commencement this week<br><i>School celebrates graduates, accomplishments</i>

"The middle school had 374 compared to 352 from last year,” Maughan said. “And the high school had 448 compared to 463 last year."

Maughan added that the numbers fluctuate from families that may move into the area or an influx of students from charter schools.

"In the last two previous years, the district had been losing students to private and charter schools," Maughan added. "This trend has reversed and we hope it continues."

The year also brought in scholarships for seniors, totaling some $201,100.

Maughan said that the School Board recently voted to explore a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and will be examining the application with intent to open in the 2005-06 school year.

“The ROTC has a very competitive application process for funding and must be approved by U.S. Military,” he said. “The military funds 50 percent of the program.”

Maughan added that the cabinet and wood working shop was completely refurbished at a significant expense that was entirely funded by the area career technology center.

The school board also approved formation of a district educational foundation.

Maughan explained that the educational foundation would solicit endowments to support student learning well into the future.

“With the educational foundation, we use the interest that is earned from investment so there is always principle to generate funds,” he said.

Other changes and improvements in the district included the implementation of a hazing policy and a building trades program.

Also, Camp Verde High could get a synthetic all-weather track if a proposed partnership between the school district and the High Altitude Sports Training Complex (HASTC) in Flagstaff comes together.

If a proposed project becomes a reality, Camp Verde High School may soon add horticulture to its agriculture curriculum.

During Friday's commencement, senior Steve Freeman will sing the National Anthem. A welcome speech will be made in English by Seth Scott and another in Spanish by Marvin Marquez.

The guest speaker will be Dave White, sixth grade teacher at Camp Verde Middle School.

Molly Harmon and Gladys Longbrake will present closing remarks.

Longbrake and Sarah Yount will present speeches for the top 10 percent of the student body.

A guest appearance by Dr. Paul Street, Yavapai County School superintendent is scheduled.

The Camp Verde School Superintendent is Ron Maughan, Camp Verde High School. Principal is Steve Marshall; James Taylor is the Alternative High School principal.

The class flower is a white rose and the class colors are black and blue.

This year's senior motto is, "I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future."

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