It's been a long road through high school, but now three of Joshua ISD's finest are off to see what the rest of the world has to offer.
Valedictorian Remington Reimer, salutatorian Taylor Brooks and historian Toria Johnson will graduate at the front of a Joshua High class of 245 seniors when commencement exercises take place at 8 p.m. today at Owl Stadium.
"Those three students represent the very best that Joshua has to offer," said JHS principal Mick Cochran. "This entire class has been outstanding to work with and I'm very proud of them."
For Reimer, it's off to the military as he has gotten a full scholarship to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he'll be majoring in physics.
"During Remington's freshman year, we needed to find a sport for him to participate in and we sort of randomly chose JROTC, thinking that he would just try it for a while and see how he liked it," said Reimer's father Todd Reimer, who also teaches physics at JHS. "But, as it turned out, it was the best thing that ever happened to him. He loves it. And now he's going to the Naval Academy."
The younger Reimer said that he will always remember how nice the upperclassmen treated him during his freshman year.
"There have been a lot of great memories here," Reimer said, quietly. "But, to me, the thing I will remember the most is how well I could get along with the upperclassmen. They were always so nice to me and my other classmates and it was fun to watch our class mature as we moved from our freshmen year to our senior year."
Cochran said that he has no doubt that Reimer, who plans to major in physics, will be an outstanding addition to the naval academy.
"He has a great inner drive," Cochran said. "You could put Remington in the middle of a desert all by himself and he would still find a way to be successful. I fully expect him to be a general someday. For that young man, the sky is the limit."
Brooks, who plans to major in meteorology at Texas Tech, said that he will always remember his friends and teachers at JHS.
"There were so many great teachers who encouraged me," Brooks said. "Physics was my hardest class but Mr. Reimer was a great teacher and got me through it."
Ironically enough, Brooks wound up winning the award for physics.
"He's really a very humble student," Todd Reimer said. "He's going to be very surprised at how well he's going to do in college. He's very bright and very talented."
Johnson and Brooks had been vying for the salutatorian spot all year. As of Tuesday, Reimer had a 104.1 average with a 4.2 GPA while Brooks had a 103.5 average with a 4.1 GPA. Johnson had a 103.4 average with a 4.1 GPA.
"Toria is a class act," Cochran said. "Every time I see her, she looks like she just stepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine. Toria is a perfectionist in everything she does. She's very mature and very humble and down-to-earth. She's going to do very well in college."
Johnson said she plans to major in music education at Oklahoma Christian.
"I would like to teach music to elementary school kids," she said. "That's a fun age to work with and I love music."