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Celebrating Summit High School grads

Summit Daily Editorial Board

Since it’s the primary education system for Summit County children and the largest recipient of our property tax dollars, the Summit School District is often under the magnifying glass. When standardized test results come out, we pore over them locally while they’re parsed for meaning far and wide ” especially by parents thinking of moving here. Schools get reputations based on scores, and they try to maintain or improve them as district officials attempt to put the numbers in greater perspective.

Ultimately, dropouts aside, the District will deliver a “product”: a high school graduate who will go on to college or the workplace and fare as best he or she can. The numbers assigned to those students in the course of their K-12 career ” be they GPA, CSAP, SAT or IQ ” will ultimately mean little as a measure of worth or success. Actions and accomplishments will always speak louder than metrics, which is why we ask people what they do or have done, not what their SAT score was.

Fact is, Summit High has a long, rich legacy of interesting and successful graduates. But since most leave the county, we hear little of them after graduation day. It was with that in mind that Mike Smith and Bill Wallace of the Summit County Optimists came up with the idea to create a monthly “where are they now?” page in the Summit Daily. Dubbed the “Tiger Tracker,” it launches today on page 17, and we invite you to catch up on our first batch of SHS grads ” and hope to hear of other grads we can feature on future pages.

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