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 Warren Woods Tower High School Class of 2019 President Ciera Borden addresses her fellow graduates during the commencement ceremony June 3 at Bethesda Christian Church in Sterling Heights.

Warren Woods Tower High School Class of 2019 President Ciera Borden addresses her fellow graduates during the commencement ceremony June 3 at Bethesda Christian Church in Sterling Heights.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Local grads prepare for next steps

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published June 10, 2019

 Warren Woods Tower student Steve Jackson receives his diploma during the commencement ceremony.

Warren Woods Tower student Steve Jackson receives his diploma during the commencement ceremony.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


WARREN/CENTER LINE/STERLING HEIGHTS — Once their graduation cap tassels were moved from one side to the other, the Class of 2019 officially graduated from high school.

Local high school students who earned enough credits recently received their diplomas at graduation ceremonies that made parents tear up, teachers look on with pride, and the graduates themselves realize all their hard work had paid off.

Here is a look at the Class of 2019:

Center Line High School
A total of 192 seniors received diplomas during a ceremony June 6 at Bethesda Christian Church in Sterling Heights. Students were offered an estimated $450,000-$500,000 in scholarships. In addition, 21 students from Academy 21 graduated. Academy 21 is a hybrid virtual learning environment that combines online learning with in-person instruction from teachers. The coursework is delivered online, and students work individually at their own pace.

The top five career choices of the CLHS seniors are pre-med, business management, nursing, architecture and sports management. The top trade choices include carpentry, mechanic, plumbing and electrician. Several students plan to enter the military.

A message from Superintendent Eve Kaltz to the graduates stated, “You are worthy of kindness, love and respect, and you will receive these if that is the way you treat others. Your strengths and talents should be what you focus on and should be a big part of your career choice. You will always be a part of Center Line and will always be welcome here. I am proud of you and look forward to learning about the great things you will accomplish. Congratulations, CLHS graduates.”   

Fitzgerald High School
The graduation ceremony was held the evening of May 31 in the FHS auditorium, where 196 students graduated. At press time, educators were still calculating how much students received in scholarships.

“I will state that quite a few seniors received academic and/or athletic scholarships,” Superintendent Laurie Fournier said.

The top career choices for the Fitzgerald graduates are health care, law enforcement/lawyer, graphic design, coder/computer science and engineering. The top five colleges that students will be attending are Macomb Community College, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan.

Fitzgerald Public Schools also has the Virtual Academy, which provides students with a way to complete their high school requirements on a flexible schedule. Ten students graduated, and their ceremony was held the late afternoon of June 3 on the FHS campus.

Fournier had a special message for the Class of 2019.

“Our graduates represent a remarkable diversity of races, cultures and places of origin. We are proud of our student population and the rich traditions that come from each of them,” she said. “It is the experiences we share together that truly prepare graduates for success beyond high school. Despite the differences in our world, we are all on a mission to lead happy and productive lives. Continue to find the good in every situation, and don’t allow for your spirit to suffer.”

FHS Principal Amanda Clor also provided the following remarks.

“This year we learned a lot about ourselves; we learned a lot about each other; we came together and bonded in a way I never imagined possible. Words cannot describe the amount of pride, gratitude and appreciation I have for each and every one of you. Continue to grow, continue to improve, and always remember — once a Spartan, always a Spartan.”

Lincoln High School
There were 130 Lincoln High School graduates and 15 graduates from the Success Academy. The graduation ceremony was held the evening of June 5 at the MCC Sports & Expo Center in Warren.

The students were offered almost $100,000 in scholarship money. The top career choices are technology, medical and skilled trades.

LHS Principal Billie Sczepaniak is eager to see what lies ahead for each of the graduates.

“Now is the time for you to make some big decisions about your own life. You will have to follow your inner compass and decide if you are going to become a drifter who gets blown around with the breeze, or a doer, an active citizen determined to chart your own course and stand up against strong winds that try to push you in the wrong direction,” she said. “You will have to decide how you will make our world a better, more positive place in the face of the turmoil and stress that continually confronts us. Will you speak up, will you show up, will you lend a helping hand, will you offer kindness, will you listen, will you volunteer, will you seize every moment that presents itself for you to make a change? I am encouraged to believe that your answer to these questions is a resounding yes.”

Warren Woods Tower High School
The WWTHS graduation ceremony was held the evening of June 3 at Bethesda Christian Church. There were 228 graduates.

A total of 43 Warren Woods Public Schools Enterprise High School and adult education students graduated June 6 at WWTHS.

Students were offered in excess of $2.5 million in scholarships. Health sciences, business and engineering are the top career choices.

As the students enter their next chapter, school officials advise that they “find something you love and pursue it with passion; you have to love what you do.”

Warren Consolidated Schools
Cousino High School had 340 graduates; Sterling Heights High School had 326; Warren Mott had 372; and Community High School had 121. Community High School graduated May 28 at the Warren Consolidated Schools Performing Arts Center, located inside SHHS. The other three high schools graduated the afternoon of June 1 at the MCC Sports & Expo Center in Warren.

The WCS students from all four high schools were offered a combined total of $18,465,890 in scholarships. Engineering, science and health care are some of the more popular pursuits for the students.

WCS Superintendent Robert Livernois offered these final thoughts: “With the level of disrespect that is currently fostered through social media, we encourage students to be the force that changes this aspect of our culture for the good of all.”

Regina High School
Regina had 72 seniors graduate May 23 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Macomb Township.

The students were offered $5,013,900 in scholarship money. The top career choices are business, nursing, pre-med, dental, pharmacy school, vet school, pre-law, engineering and forensic science.

The Regina seniors performed over 7,660 hours of community service.

“You have the knowledge, (the) ability and the power to make all of your dreams come true,” was Principal Ann Diamond’s message to the Class of 2019. “Don’t stop now; graduating from high school is only the beginning. Be proud of your accomplishments and the mark you left behind as a student. As you move on, know that it will not always be easy, but with faith in God, hard work and determination, you can and you will be successful.”  

Michigan Math and Science Academy
The commencement ceremony is scheduled for June 14 at the MCC John Lewis Conference Center in Warren. A total of 41 students, who were offered $2.5 million in scholarships, are expected to graduate.

The top five careers are psychology, business, pre-med, engineering and nursing.

As for any words of wisdom for the graduates, “In a world where you can be anything — be kind.” (Unknown)

De La Salle Collegiate High School
A total of 185 seniors graduated May 20 at Grace Christian Church in Sterling Heights. The students received more than $15 million in scholarship money.

The top five career choices are business, engineering, pre-medicine, accounting/finance and criminal justice.

Words of wisdom for the DLS graduates stated, “Start networking early. Go to as many events as possible and get your name out there with the companies. The job market is competitive and you need to be proactive.”