After the Athens High graduation, heartfelt hugs were plentiful.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
“Class of 2017, you touched my heart and we are all so amazed by you!”
— Dr. Lara Dixon, Athens High Principal
“Class of 2017, it is your time. We are rooting hard for you!”
— Remo Roncone, Troy High Principal
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It was a momentous day.
All day Saturday — the hottest day of the year, with temperatures maxing out at 88 degrees — students, families, friends, teachers, administrators and staff gathered together at Oakland University to watch Troy High graduate in the morning, then Athens High graduate in the afternoon.
Troy High principal Remo Roncone told his graduates, “It’s time to show the world what Pure Colt Determination looks like.”
Athens High Principal Dr. Lara Dixon told her graduates, “You are a class that has heart and incredible character. You are leaving a true unsurpassed legacy.”
Smiles, hugs and tears were plentiful both inside the gym and out.
Dr. Dixon pointed out some incredible Athens statistics. “Four of you had perfect SATs; two of you had a perfect ACT score. 82 students had a 4.0 GPA or higher. “You are so well-rounded and so talented,” she said. “14 seniors will play college athletics.”
Roncone explained that 25 Troy High kids wrote speeches for the day, but obviously not all of them could be read. He also said the Class of 2017 had a cumulative GPA of 3.497, five million dollars in post-secondary scholarships and 93% of the class will pursue higher education.
Troy Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard Machesky was on hand for the first graduation, telling students, “The best is yet to come” and life is about three things:
People — Treat them well; it makes a difference.
Raw ingredients — Put your best in everything you do.
Failing well — I challenge you to explore your mistakes and what you can do differently the next time around.
After Troy’s graduation, Machesky then went to watch his own senior graduate.
Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Mark Dziatczak addressed the Athens graduates with a “Thanks, Wow, See You Later” speech:
“Thank you for being who you are and doing what you do. I believe this is one of Athens’ finest groups ever.”
Wow, for all of their Charity Week work which raised $155,000 compared to Dziatczak’s first year in the district when they raised $2,500.
“I say see you later instead of farewell because we want you to come back to visit.”
Several students from both schools addressed their classes as well, including: Kaitlyn Prebelich who thanked the Athens staff for meeting the students at a place of “yes” and Mary Cianciolo who implored her fellow Troy High graduates to “get over embarrassment and regret.”
Now, after the IA East, Troy and Athens graduations, there is one more to go — Troy College and Career High School on Wednesday night. Onward & upward and as a famous doctor once wrote:
“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
― from Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss