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June 18, 2014

Class of 2014 celebrates, looks toward the future

By Maria Allard
C & G Staff Writer

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“Pomp and Circumstance” plays as Center Line High School graduates enter the auditorium at Bethesda Christian Church, in Sterling Heights, during the school’s commencement ceremony June 6.
Center Line High School graduate Miquan Hobson, 18, snaps a selfie picture while waiting to receive his diploma.

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/CENTER LINE — Their high school years went by in a flash, and now is the time to celebrate and reflect the accomplishments of the Class of 2014.

Educators, family members and friends of this year’s graduating seniors came together at various commencement ceremonies in early June to honor the students receiving high school diplomas who are getting ready to embark on their bright futures.

In Warren Consolidated Schools, there were 416 Warren Mott High School graduates, 358 Cousino High School graduates, 296 Sterling Heights High School graduates and 88 students who earned their diplomas from Community High School.

WCS Superintendent Robert Livernois called this time of year one of his favorites.

“I wish the graduates well in their endeavors and encourage them to pursue what interests them because the best job is the one you like,” Livernois said. “I am proud of the work our staff has done preparing students for their future and am proud of students for reaching this milestone.”

Between all four high schools, students received a total of $22.4 million in scholarship money.

Pomp and circumstance was also felt in Fitzgerald Public Schools as 174 Fitzgerald High School seniors earned enough credits to be called graduates. FHS Principal Carl Shultz called this time of year “bittersweet.”

“I always tell our graduating seniors that there is an incredibly large world out there and that they should never settle for something less than their dream,” Shultz said. “I truly enjoy the aspect of graduation and seeing our students leave for future endeavors. However, it is very difficult to know that I will not be seeing our graduates in the hallways and classrooms each day.”

Typically, 80 percent of the FHS graduates enter a post-secondary program. Although final totals weren’t available at press time, at last count FHS students earned $500,000 in scholarships to colleges across the country.

“We will have a higher number by fall 2014,” Shultz said.

This is the district’s last year for its alternative high school program known as FLEX, from which 23 students graduated. Due to budget cuts, FLEX is closing this year and the alternative high school students can now enroll in an online program.

A total of 163 Center Line High School seniors crossed the stage June 6 at Bethesda Christian Church in Sterling Heights to receive their well-deserved high school diplomas. Superintendent Eve Kaltz advised the students to take time to celebrate the milestone and reflect on the success and hard work that it took to get to this point.

“I would suggest that they carefully plan their future and follow that dream,” Kaltz said. “It is a bittersweet time of year as we prepare to watch our seniors grow up and move out into the world, but at the same time, we have the joy of having tiny little people coming in to begin their educational journey with us.”

At press time, CLHS students were offered $1.09 million in scholarship money. According to the My College Options report — a nonprofit educational research organization — a survey of the Center Line students indicated that 30.4 percent plan to pursue a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) career versus 25.5 percent nationally.  The survey indicated 41 percent will be the first in their family to attend college and 94.7 percent of respondents said they plan to attend a four-year institution.  

There were 129 Lincoln High School graduates this year in Van Dyke Public Schools. According to the district’s Facebook page, 13 students graduated from the adult education program.

A total of 240 Warren Woods Tower High School graduated in 2014.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Maria Allard at allard@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1045.