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Ritenour Celebrates Strength of Class of 2024 during June 1 Graduation

Graduation 2024

The Ritenour community celebrated Ritenour High School’s 106th graduating class with an unforgettable ceremony held at Chaifetz Arena on June 1. 

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Watch graduation speeches and a short video compilation of the event.

The 418 graduates proved they could rise above the disruptions that the COVID pandemic caused during their first two years as a Husky, as well as the continued social and emotional impacts it left. The class of 2024 started high school with full-virtual learning during the first semester and hybrid learning as an option during the second half of the year. During their sophomore year, while in-person full-time, was marked with quarantines, COVID-related absences, and health precautions in place during most the school year.

Dr. Bruce Green, Ritenour’s assistant superintendent for secondary education and lead administrator of RHS, inspired the class of 2024 to continue to make a positive difference in the world and the lives of others. 

“Know that the best is yet to come,” Dr. Green said.  “You have been prepared for the next step in your journey.  Class of 2024, I challenge you to go out, explore, dream, and serve the greater good. Graduates, we expect to hear great things about you in the future!”  

Some highlights of the class of 2024 include: 

  • Seniors earned a total of more than $10 million in college scholarships.
  • A record of 23 seniors graduated with the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish and French. 
  • Seven students earned Industry Recognized Certificates from RHS and North County Technical School.
  • Grayson Eaton and James Miller both earned a high school diploma and an associate’s degree from St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley through Ritenour’s dual enrollment program. 
  • Six seniors were admitted early decision to Washington University in St. Louis, and Lafayette University and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.
  • Nine student-athletes received scholarships to pursue their athletic careers in girls basketball, boys track & field, football, and softball at the following colleges: University of South Carolina Beaufort, St. Louis Community College, Maryville University, William Woods University, Graceland University, Lewis & Clark Community College, Missouri Baptist University.

Kimberly Kimani, who will be attending Washington University in the fall on a full scholarship as a Danforth scholar, reminded her fellow Huskies of their strength to move forward.

“All that we've done, let us continue to be strong huskies, hold our heads high with dignity, stretching ourselves to accomplish the impossible and know that we can make it,” said Kimani. “That is what makes us a Husky, the limits we've broken, the boundaries we've pushed, the things we've accomplished.

“Remember the many Huskies who come after you,” Kimani continued. “We had a bar to break, and now we’ve set an even higher one for the ones after us.”

Cailan Wooten, who is one of 37 people worldwide to be awarded a prestigious full scholarship to the University of Toronto, also inspired her classmates to continue creating strong relationships as they work hard to build their future.

“The point of hard work is to share it with others, to better yourself and the world around you, Wooten said.  “Don’t trade ambition for genuine relationships. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. Don’t be afraid to fail.

“Most importantly, don’t be afraid to lean on others,” she added. “Remember why and for whom you do the things you’re passionate about.”