Hillhouse Introduces Academic Letters at Graduation

Hillhouse Rolls Out New Graduation Tradition
by Melissa Bailey | Jun 24, 2011 11:08 am
Courtesy of New Haven Independent
Chantal McHayle earned her first varsity letter after four years on the team—the math team, not the basketball team.
Principal Kermit Carolina—at left in photo, with Chantal, the valedictorian—bestowed letters on the top 10 students in the James Hillhouse High School Class of 2011 at a commencement ceremony Thursday at the school’s field house.
Hillhouse was one of nine high schools that graduated a total of 1,080 students Thursday.
Carolina, who’s wrapping up his first year as principal, marked the occasion with a new tradition: Using team jackets and varsity letters to honor not just the kids who do well in sports, but those who excel in class.
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