Hats off to the Class of 2021

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published June 18, 2021

 Center Line High School valedictorian Syeda Hussain addresses her fellow graduates during the school’s commencement ceremony May 22 at Jimmy John’s Field in Utica. Hussain graduated Summa Cum Laude, was in the National Honor Society, a top 10 student and received “excellence” for community service.

Center Line High School valedictorian Syeda Hussain addresses her fellow graduates during the school’s commencement ceremony May 22 at Jimmy John’s Field in Utica. Hussain graduated Summa Cum Laude, was in the National Honor Society, a top 10 student and received “excellence” for community service.

Photo by Deb Jacques

 Class of 2021 President Autumn Kucharczyk was named the Center Line High School salutatorian. She was a Summa Cum Laude graduate, a National Honor Society member, a top 10 student and an Excellence in Community Service designee.

Class of 2021 President Autumn Kucharczyk was named the Center Line High School salutatorian. She was a Summa Cum Laude graduate, a National Honor Society member, a top 10 student and an Excellence in Community Service designee.

Photo by Deb Jacques

CENTER LINE/WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — It was not the senior year they planned on because of COVID-19, but local high school students who graduated this month made the best of the circumstances.

They completed their high school requirements for the 2020-2021 school year — either virtually or face to face — and celebrated at local commencement ceremonies. Many graduation ceremonies had a ticket limit, and social distancing practices were enforced.

The Warren Weekly emailed local school officials about this year’s high school graduations. Here is a look at the Class of 2021.


Warren Consolidated Schools
Students from four high schools earned their diplomas: 67 from Community High, 290 from Cousino, 321 from Sterling Heights High School, and 335 from Warren Mott.

Community High’s ceremony was June 1 at the WCS Performing Arts Center at Sterling Heights High School. The Cousino, SHHS, and Mott ceremonies were June 5 at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre in Rochester Hills.

Graduates were offered $18 million in scholarships. The top career choices were in computer science, the medical field, business and engineering. Oakland University, Wayne State University, Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Michigan State University and Macomb Community College were the top postsecondary school choices.

“I could not be prouder of our Class of 2021,” Superintendent Robert Livernois said. “I encourage our graduates to take the lessons learned from their perseverance and commitment they developed during the pandemic and go on to be part of something bigger than themselves.”


Warren Woods Public Schools
In WWPS, there were 243 Warren Woods Tower High School graduates, 47 Enterprise High School graduates, 14 high school equivalency completions and one adult education high school diploma.

A graduation ceremony was held June 1 at Jimmy John’s Field in Utica. The WWPS students’ top career choices were in the medical field, engineering and technology; MCC, MSU, WSU, and Eastern Michigan University were their top school choices.

Seven graduates enrolled in the military, and a number of students plan to go into auto, electrician and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning trades. Superintendent Stacey Denewith-Fici offered the following words of wisdom to the graduates:

“The past 16 months have taught you valuable life lessons.  When things were uncertain, you learned to be flexible and to persevere above all odds. When you were forced to isolate and stay away from those you love, you learned to cherish friends and family and to appreciate the incredible value of those personal connections. As you continue to grow and learn, when things get difficult, as we know they will, remember those skills — they will serve you well.”


Fitzgerald High School
FHS had 191 graduates receive their diplomas during a ceremony June 5 at the high school. Because of the high number of students who chose to attend virtually this past year, school officials held a drive-thru ceremony with up to two cars of guests per student. Guests could exit their cars and watch their student walk across the stage to receive his or her diploma. Picture stations also were set up on campus for photos.     

“I’d like to wish the Class of 2021 all of the best on their future endeavors. They have collectively overcome so much and had a senior year unlike any other,” Superintendent Kimberly Pawlukiewicz said. “As our graduates move on to their next chapter in their lives, I want them to know that they will always be a part of Fitzgerald Public Schools if there is anything that they need in the future.”

The FHS students, offered $1.4 million in scholarships, will primarily pursue general studies, nursing, business, marketing and cosmetology. MCC, WSU, EMU, MSU and Wayne Community College are their top college choices. Four students enrolled in the military. Seven students will attend trade schools, and 32 students plan to enter into the workforce full time.


Center Line High School
On May 22 at Jimmy John’s Field, 128 Center Line High School graduates received their diplomas. However, more diplomas will be distributed in the coming weeks.

“Some students chose not to walk at commencement and some students will complete their graduation requirements over the summer, so the anticipated total number is approximately 148,” according to Principal Andrea Szabo.

The CLHS students explore different career paths because of the school’s career academies format. After high school, the top career choices are in health and human services, industry, technology and innovation.

Many Center Line students will continue their education at MCC. Two students earned High Achieving Involved Leader, or HAIL, scholarships through the University of Michigan. Additionally. EMU, Sienna Heights University, OU, Ohio Christian University, and St. Clair Community College were among some top school choices. Some students were drawn to trade schools and the military.

Graduation is always bittersweet.

“While the past year and a half has not been how you expected to end your high school career, each of you has persevered and was able to navigate the changing landscape of school,” Szabo said. “The lessons you have learned may not be apparent right now, but you will take these new skills with you into your future to be a more successful member of the Center Line community. You are hardworking, determined and adaptable and these are life lessons that will allow you to excel in the future.”


Van Dyke Public Schools
The district saw 108 Lincoln High School students and 16 Success Academy seniors graduate.

The Success Academy students will attend trade schools, community colleges and universities with planned studies in law, criminal justice, cosmetology, education, and the military.

For the first time in several years, the LHS commencement ceremony was held June 4 on the school’s football field. Prior to that, the Senior Awards Banquet and Celebration was held on May 20 at Century Banquet Center in Sterling Heights. Students won close to $50,000 in scholarship funds.

Many seniors are registered to attend MCC, as well as EMU, the University of Michigan, Madonna University, University of Detroit Mercy, and Howard University. Several students enrolled in technical programs and plan to begin working in the career and technical education field to obtain on-the-job certification in those areas, including auto and manufacturing. A few students also plan to start their own business ventures upon graduation.