Memorial, Central High School seniors graduate Thursday

Posted at 5:34 PM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 02:24:59-04

The Mabee Center at Oral Roberts University was full of people joining the graduating class of 2018 from Tulsa Public Schools. One of those seniors standing out— earning a 4.4-grade point average and a full-ride to Stanford University.

Every graduate has a story—for David Ihim and Sarah Le, tonight’s walk across the stage with his seniors at Memorial High School is a big one.

"it was very stressful coming into it around let's say even starting in the summer just thinking about my future and the number of college applications I had to do studying standardized testing and just seeing where my next four years are going to end up," Ihim said. "It’s honestly a blessing how it all turned out,”

After keeping up his GPA, the senior wants to get a degree in Computer Science and Programming, hunkered down to get into the college of his dreams.

"I think my junior year was one of my roughest years, so I just had to deactivate my Facebook and my Instagram just to focus because that can all be distractions sometimes and then you’ll start procrastinating then it’s 10 o’clock at night,” Ihim said.

Ihim got into Stanford.

"It was just amazing because I couldn’t believe it,” Ihim said.

With the help of an academic scholarship, Ihim will get a ride to Stanford debt free and be able to afford the tuition.

For Memorial senior Sarah Le, she’s the class valedictorian and her message to the class of 2018

"Whatever you do today, make sure your future self will thank you for it,” Le said.

Le got accepted into the University of Tulsa.

"Thank you for everyone for believing in me,” Le said.

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