The St. Francis Borgia Regional High School Class of 2018 earned $8.8 million in scholarships.

The graduates accepted nearly $4 million in scholarship money, according to Moira Vossbrink, director of marketing and admissions.

“We are very proud of our graduates,” said Vossbrink.

Principal Pam Tholen said the amount of scholarships accepted by the Class of 2018 is “astounding.”

“These scholarships range from awards for academic ability to hours of service to the community to athletic prowess and they are a reflection of the wide-range of talents this class possesses,” Tholen said.

“The scholarships earned by these young men and women is a testament to the students’ hard work and to their parents’ dedication to education,” she added. “It also gives me a unique opportunity to thank our teachers and counselors for preparing these graduates for the future and for setting them up for success, not only educationally, but also financially.”

Seventy percent of the 2018 graduating class will attend a four-year college this fall. Another 29 percent will attend community or technical colleges.

The graduates were from 24 different elementary schools, including:

Chaminade, Holy Rosary, Homeschooled, Immaculate Conception, Immanuel Lutheran, Most Sacred Heart-Eureka, Notre Dame High School transfer, Our Lady of Lourdes, Riverbend Middle, Pacific High School transfer, Sacred Heart-Troy, St. Anthony’s, St. Bridget of Kildare, St. Clare, St. Francis Borgia, St. George-Hermann, St. Gertrude, St. Ignatius, St. James Middle School, St. John the Baptist, St. Vincent de Paul, Sullivan Middle, Union Middle and Washington Middle.

St. Francis Borgia Regional High School held its 36th annual commencement May 17 in the Ray DeGreeff Memorial Gymnasium. Diplomas were presented to 140 graduates.

“The SFBRHS Class of 2018 is full of kids who are going to make a positive difference in this world,” said Tholen. “They have made a positive impact on our school, and I know they’re going to do great things.

The 2018 valedictorian is Isabella Volmert, who will attend the University of Notre Dame and plans to major in English and anthropology. She earned a total of 43 college credit hours while in high school.

Cassandra Caragine is the salutatorian. She will attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and plans to major in linguistics and chemistry. She earned a total of 50 college credit hours in high school.

Both students earned a cumulative 4.0 GPA and both spoke at graduation.

Student of Distinction awards were presented to Noah Elbert, Martha Glastetter, Abigail Matt, Devon Rotramel, Andrew Simily and Megan Spaunhorst.

Borgia High had a total of 11 students who earned Missouri Bright Flight Scholarship honors.