“Now, let’s graduate!” class speaker Kylie Pope told her fellow graduates at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence Thursday evening.

Grain Valley High School’s class of 2014 had a total of 206 graduates.

Principal Jeremy Plowman announced this particular graduating class has the distinction of having 11 Bright Flight scholars, the most the high school has had so far. A Bright Flight scholar is a student scoring a 30 or higher on the ACT exam.

Grain Valley’s 2014 class also produced a National Merit Scholar, Katricia Herring.

“It’s OK to be proud and brag tonight,” Grain Valley Superintendent Roy Moss told the class and audience. “The Washington Post has named us one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools for the third time. We are in the top 3 percent of all high schools in the U.S. Only 15 in Missouri and 4 in the metro area have that honor.”


COLORS: Blue and white


TOP 1 PERCENT: Mikayla Alexander, Nathalia Barr, Brian Baumgartner, Emily Farmer, Michela Fox, Allison Gordon, Katricia Herring, Kaitlyn Kohne, Jordan Morrison, Michael Pellham, Kylie Pope, Emma Richardson, Rachel Snow

SCHOLARSHIPS: $515,000 in first year awards and $920,000 in potential A+ grants

SPECIAL AWARDS: One National Merit Scholar, 11 Bright Flight scholars, 29 National Honor Society members and 110 A+ students

SPEAKER: Kylie Pope - “Live life like you only have one shot doing it.”

SPEAKER: Julie Lever - “Asking for help is a sign of strength.”