by Bob Grawey
Rogers High School graduating class of 2011 will be known for its many successes over the past year, according to Principal Roman Pierskalla.
These seniors leave behind a legacy of a higher standard than any previous class has attained, Pierskalla says. This class, he adds, has redefined the bar of success as seniors have led the charge to the school’s many successes in 2010–2011.
Athletics have led the way starting with the girls’ soccer team, which went 24-0 and earned the school’s first state championship. The team also was chosen as one of the nation’s top 25 soccer teams by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Football was nearly as successful, as the team went undefeated going into the state 4A championship game. The football team finished second in the state 4A division, losing in that game.
Though the boys’ soccer team was not as successful as their female counterparts, the team did win the Mississippi 8 Conference title.
Not to be outdone, the boys’ hockey team won its conference title as well, going undefeated in conference games. The hockey Royals lost in the section finals to Hermantown, which barely lost the state championship in overtime.
Girls’ basketball was highly successful, too, going to the state tournament.
Gymnastics was yet another girls sport that grabbed attention in 2010–2011. Not only did the team go to the state tournament, but it can boast of having one of the state’s elite gymnasts.
Sabrina Hoover won the individual all-around competition in gymnastics for the third consecutive year and earned a scholarship to Winona State University.
Members of the boys’ golf team can hold their heads high, maintaining their own winning streak. The team won the conference title for the fourth straight year and have the state’s No. 1-rated golfer on the team.
Senior McCabe Buege holds that No. 1 ranking and will attend the University of Central Florida on a golf scholarship.
While they may not have won a conference title for the games they played, the girls’ volleyball team won the conference title for highest cumulative grade-point average.
The Rogers Dance Team danced and kicked to their own conference title this year, winning in high kick and in jazz competitions. It was the dance team’s third conference title in a row as the team went on to its state tournament.
Arts also played a big role in the class of 2011’s legacy of success, with several students earning awards at the Mississippi 8 Conference Arts Festival.
Accolades were given to Rogers High School fine arts students as they delivered the school’s first musical, “Godspell.”
But it has not been all high fives and celebrations for this class. Just five weeks ago, seniors lost a classmate. The untimely death of one of their own brought them closer together, Pierskalla says, as they offered one another strength and support.
It certainly is a year of bittersweet memories for the Rogers High School class of 2011. Made strong by hardship and by what it takes to realize success at so many levels, this class of seniors seems poised for bigger successes as they continue their life journey beyond high school.
Class valedictorian Christopher Thompson will share his insights with his speech “Looking Back, Looking Forward.” Faculty speaker Joel Belka sends students off on that journey with “Make the Most of Your Dash.”
Commencement is Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m. in the Rogers High School Field House.
It is strictly a ticketed affair for graduates and their families.
Rogers High School
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When: 7 p.m., Thursday, June 2 (Tickets required)
Where: Rogers High School Fieldhouse, 20855 141st Ave., Rogers