Denfeld Class of 2019 Awarded $5.4 Million in Scholarships

Brandon Weathers
Updated: May 24, 2019 01:52 PM

The 94th Denfeld High School honors night took place Thursday as they celebrated the academic achievements of their students and the $5.4 million dollars awarded to the senior class in scholarships.

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“We are the number two (public) high school in the entire nation for the number of scholarships that we give to students,” assistant principal Marcia Nelson said, referring to a study done by the Duluth Alumni Association a couple of years ago. “The 5.4 million doesn’t even include those who got full-ride scholarships from Yale and from St. Thomas and from Boston College and from all of those places, so that’s really just a portion of what they’re getting to go to school.”

The honors ceremony reflected the 94 years of tradition. The top 10% of the graduating class represent the honors court. A king and queen were crowned, and they then handed out the honor pins awarded to students in each grade, nine through twelve, for their academic success and good character.

Both assistant principals attribute the impressive number of scholarship money to the generosity of alumni throughout the school's 94 years.

“One of the things that our students talked about at the Whiteside scholarship reception this year," assistant principal Tom Tusken said, "Was their intention of giving back, which you can clearly see reflected in the graduates and former staff members that have given away millions of dollars already. Of course the hope is, at some point, some of these kids come back and continue to fund the education for the kids that come after them.”

Nelson said, "They graduate, they have amazing jobs and amazing careers because they got to go to amazing colleges, and they know right off the bat that their plan is to give back to Denfeld, so it's a tradition all around."


Brandon Weathers

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