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Where is the Mercer Island High School Class of 2014 headed next?
In the coming weeks and months, the graduates of the Class of 2014 will be headed to points both near and very far. From London to Florida and all points in between, the graduates will begin a new chapter of their academic lives.
From Duke University in North Carolina to Bowdoin College in Maine to Texas Tech to the University of San Diego and the University of Montana in Missoula, the Class of 2014 are scattered far and wide.
Most will stay put. More than one-third of the class of 2014, or 130 students will stay in Washington state for college, attending 18 different institutions. The majority of those will stay close — just a few miles from home with 52 enrolling at the University of Washington (five in the UW Honors program) and six to UW Bothell. Also close will be the five students at Seattle University, and 14 that will attend Bellevue College. Nine will head north to Western Washington University in Bellingham. One student is heading to Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Eighteen other graduates are headed to Pullman to attend Washington State University and six to Gonzaga University in Spokane. One student will attend the University of British Columbia and another to the Royal College of Music in London.
Seven students will head down I-5 to Oregon to attend four schools there, including four Islander grads who have enrolled at Willamette University
Sixty students are enrolled in 21 colleges in California with 11 at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and six at University of Southern California. Across other western states, two will attend school in Idaho, three in Montana, one to Wyoming, two each to Utah and Arizona and six in Colorado. In the Central plains, one student each will attend school in Nebraska, Kansas, Indiana, Missouri, two each in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and three in Illinois. Further south, five students are headed to Texas, and one each to Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana and Alabama. Two grads are headed to Tennessee, Three to Georgia one to Florida and one to North Carolina.
Forty-two students are set to go to colleges in the Northeast United States in the 11 states and the District of Columbia between Maine and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Of those, seven will attend school in New York, and nine in Massachusetts.
One student will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Five students are taking a “gap year,” and five are enrolled in Mercer Island High School's transition program.