Troy High Class of 2017 Graduates

Principal Remo Roncone guides the graduates beforehand.
(photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“Class of 2017, it is your time. We are rooting hard for you!”
— Remo Roncone, Troy High Principal

“Class of 2017, you touched my heart and we are all so amazed by you!”
— Dr. Lara Dixon, Athens High Principal

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Colin McEachern lines up outside before the ceremony. (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.

Taalia Azharuddin laughs with her friends before graduation. (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.”

Brandon Weiss, left, waits in the shade before going into graduation. (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.”

Cheyenne Stage looks on as McKayla Coplen hugs Hanna Rau before the ceremony. (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.

Some of the assembled graduates. (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.

Students listen to the speakers during the ceremony. (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.”

Watching and waiting. (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.”

Superintendent Dr. Richard Machesky addresses the graduates after some of them played in the orchestra and sang in the choir.
(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

Waving to family and friends. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Some students had fun receiving their diplomas. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Hugs for the principal. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
High fives at the end of graduation. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Alyssa Asmar hugs her big brother Tim after graduation. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Claire and Kelsey Simonis carry cutouts of their little sister. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Islam Aly hugs Maddie Kochanski. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Having fun posing afterwards. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Tiffany Nogoy gives a thumbs up after graduating. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

Author: Rodney Curtis

Administrator of the SchoolLifeTroy website

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