TCC Teacher Jonathan Matthews adjusts tassels and caps, including the one on Evan Eisenberg, before their group photo.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
It’s official, summer is finally here. Never mind that the solstice hasn’t quite happened yet; the entire Troy School District has now officially graduated their 2017 seniors.
Troy College & Career High, along with Troy Continuing Education and Troy Intersect Virtual, held their commencement exercises Wednesday night at Troy High.
“I’m really excited and glad to be able to walk the stage,” said Ethan Hilzinger. “It’s a good feeling that I’ve accomplished getting through high school and I’m ready to move on to OCC.”
As bagpipes from Michigan Scottish Pipes and Drums played on stage, seniors processed down the stairs into the front of the auditorium, following their teachers.
“I am so excited and nervous; I don’t know how to feel. I’m so overwhelmed,” said Samantha Linares.
“We are so proud of all of our graduates,” said Susan Flewelling, English and College Seminar teacher. “In addition to their numerous accomplishments, 70 percent of our TCCHS graduates have participated in our Dual Enrollment program by having attended college or are prepared to do so in the fall.”
“I do online, so I’m at the Intersect program,” said Aby Eichles. “I’m dual enrolled; I take classes at OCC. I like working from home; I get a lot done. I’m excited for high school to be over and to continue on at college.”
Administrators, a board member and students spoke during the ceremonies.
“When people think of alternative high school students, they think of bad kids,” said Parker Gilchrist in her graduation remarks. “But we’ve all shown that’s not the case.”
“Often time, people assume we’re losers,” echoed Erin Long in her own graduation remarks. “But we’re not; we followed our dreams together.”
“I am so thankful for all the time and effort these teachers have put in for me,” said Sophie Rivers in her graduation remarks.
“The only bad mistake is one that you don’t learn from,” said principal Deb Linford. “I wish all of you good fortune as you move forward in the years to come.”
Talk about moving forward, “I’ve got a lot of big plans coming up in life; I’m pretty excited about it,” said Kenny Vang. “This summer I’m going to relax and enjoy myself. And I’m going to Thailand!”
The diplomas were bestowed and the students were met with a lineup of teachers offering hugs and handshakes.
“The class of 2017 has been a joy to work with,” said Pat Dawood, Social Studies and Dual Enrollment teacher. “They were a very close-knit group of kids, even though they came from different districts, schools, and socio-economic backgrounds. The one aspect that sticks out the most for me, is how incredibly self-motivated they were. Best of luck in all your future endeavors. Don’t forget to visit us!”
“I’m nervous, but it’s exciting. You don’t know what the future holds. This is finally starting my life, doing what I really want to do. I want to become a medical examiner so I’m going to CMU for biology/bio-medical,” said Whitney Reef.
Out in the hallway and in front of the school afterward, a crush of parents, family and friends greeted the new graduates. It was a happy celebration for everyone.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. School Life Troy wishes everyone a fun, safe and relaxing summer!