James S. Rickards High School

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Principal's Message

Parents and Guardians, 

Our Convocation Ceremony is always such a special occasion. The culmination of years of hard work; the actualization of goals attained, and the acknowledgements of successes achieved by our students are to be commended. So it is only fitting that we extend our congratulations to our distinguished scholars who have received over $5.4 million dollars in academics, athletics, and community scholarships. We also like to extend our appreciation to our Keynote Speaker, Dr. David H. Jackson, Jr., Associate Provost for Graduate Education, at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; for delivering an outstanding message to our graduating seniors. The below scholars received National Recognition Awards:

  • Aditya Hota- National Merit Scholarship (Valedictorian-highest academic achievements in graduating class).
  • Rida Sadaf Darji- National Merit Finalist
  • Roehl-Dean Rimando Reyes- National Merit Finalist
  • Wenxin Song- National Merit Finalist
  • Jasmine Fang Zou- National Merit Finalist
To The Class of 2017, may your years ahead continue to be characterized by empathy, compassion, objectivity and a willingness to take risks. May you always lead by example, work hard and play straight, as I have strived to demonstrate for each of you. May your successes be many and your tribulations be few and far between. I wish you everything that you so richly deserve in the years ahead. It has been an honor and a privilege watching your progress and success!

Douglas Cook, Principal






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