Athens High Class of 2017 Graduates

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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Shawn Waynick was proud of his flamingo outfit. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

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.

Austen Wilcox wore a bedazzled Class of 2017 cap with his gown. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

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.”

Silly selfies. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

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.”

Tara Seychel adjusts a friend’s cap beforehand. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

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.

Athens teacher Dawn Hayes, right, was on hand as her daughter, Hannah, graduated. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

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.

Alan Wu stayed in the shade before graduation began. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

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.”

With dangling beads, Dan Ammaon said he was trying to be like his favorite rapper. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

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.”

Processing in and waving. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

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

Athens principal Dr. Lara Dixon welcomes everybody to Graduation 2017. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Part of the Athens High graduating class. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Seniors, like flutist Maddy Goodman, played in the symphonic band while others sang in the choir before returning to their seats to graduate.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Watching and listening to the speakers. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Mark Dziatczak gives his “Thanks, Wow, See Ya Later” speech.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Students listen to the speeches and music before receiving their diplomas. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Principal Dr. Lara Dixon shakes hands with students after they received their diplomas. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Joey Stark has hugs for the principal. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Hasib Farid makes his way across the dais. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Some seniors had fun expressing themselves. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Ashley Baylor laughs as they call her name to receive her diploma. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Excitement was evident as the students received their diplomas. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Nischal Shankar lit up his cap. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Shaking hands and bowing after the diploma. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
It was an emotional day for many. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
A steady stream of seniors received their diplomas and returned to their seats. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Some caps fly as seniors become graduates. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Joyful hugs after the ceremony. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
2017 graduates share a private moment amidst the whirl of activity. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

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