Littleton High School’s Class of 2013 experienced a lot of expanding horizons this year, even all the way around the world.
“Members of the Class of 2013 have traveled to all corners of the world. Perhaps the Arctic and Antarctica are the only land masses not touched by our graduating seniors,” said Principal Amy Oaks. “I think that they are a wonderful group of people, ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century. Our mission is to help students go out into the world, ready to ‘Make a living, make a life and make a difference.’ I believe that our Class of 2013 is ready to go.”
A group of 25 students visited Japan on a “kizuna” journey to learn about Japanese culture and the aftermath of the March 2011 tsunami. “Kizuna” is Japanese for “bonds of friendship,” and Japan’s government implemented the program to bring American high-schoolers to the affected area.
LHS was the only school from Colorado chosen to be one of eight from across the country. Their trip included volunteering in the Tohoku region and sightseeing in Tokyo.
In return, some students from the Tohoku Institute of Technology in Sendai, Miyagi, visited Littleton High School on March 22.
DECA students got to travel as well, to the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., to compete against 16,000 of the best DECA teams in the world. The students qualified for the conference by placing in the top five at the State Leadership Conference in February. Senior Raj Reddy competed in a event called “Entrepreneurship — Growing your business,” where he detailed Omirown, his technology start-up that is developing a new game for iphones and ipads.
Oaks said 50 graduates are members of the National Honor Society, 44 are completing the International Baccalaureate Program and many more will have completed advanced-placement courses and college-level coursework at Arapahoe Community College.