Those graduates represent 29 percent of the overall 257 seniors who will mark the end of their Fulton City School District educational journey. Each honoree was recognized during a recent celebratory event where the high school gymnasium was transformed into a banquet hall and the guests of honor and their supporters enjoyed a dinner catered by Kristen’s Kitchen at Battle Island.
GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst said the evening was all about thanking the high honor graduates for their accomplishments and taking a moment to reflect on their experiences within the Fulton City School District.
“I am here to tell you the skills you started to practice in kindergarten are the ones that will get you the furthest- playing well with others; we call that collaborating in the real world,” she said.
In addition, learning to solve problems, adapting to change and being present “are all skills that result in success,” Parkhurst said.
DaVanna Chetney Marks, a GRB graduate and current senior project engineer at Bristol-Myers Squibb, served as guest speaker. She shared with the high honor graduates that it’s important to find a way to succeed and to not let excuses get in the way of success. Marks encouraged the seniors to take a deep evaluation of themselves and to remember that it’s always OK to change directions, if they stay the course to success.
“Class of 2019, I challenge you to take action,” she said. “Challenge yourselves every day. Anything is possible.”
FCSD Superintendent Brian Pulvino expressed gratitude for the families for sharing their children with the school district and for entrusting FCSD staff to help prepare them for the next phase of their lives. His thanks were extended to the hundreds and thousands of people who have impacted the young men and women because those exchanges, he said, will impact the way they interact with the world.
Special recognition was given to the Class of 2019 valedictorian Camille Stevenson and salutatorian Shaylee Cealie. Each high honor graduate was then presented with a pin from GRB assistant principals Marc Copani and Amy Stephenson. Additional high honor graduates include: Leia Abbott, Jea Adams, Dani Avery, Ryan Barry, Maddison Baum, Adrian Belrad, Joseph Benavidez, Collin Bennett, Holly Bourgeois, McKenna Bourgeois, Nicholas Brown, Nicholas Cary, Kelly Caza, Caleb Clarke, Aiyana Congden, Isaac Crandall, Jasmine Criswell, Abigail Cuyler, Elias Dahar, Aaron Dedich, Andrew Dedich, Cory Dexter, Kathryn Distin, Alexander Dombroski, Jacob Ely, Abigail Everts, Sarah Fisch, Cloe Gagnon, Jacob Gugula, Jack Hall, Raiden Hansen, Justin Hatch, Owen Herholtz, Emily Hilton, Caleb Hoganm Jenna Hood and Bailey Hourihan.
Also receiving high honor status are: Andrew Hyde, Jadelyn James, Domonique Johnson, Kylie Jones, Devan Ketcham, Nora Kingsbury, Evan Kistner, Jacqueline Knoblock, Nathaniel Lindsey, Austin Mason, Jonathan McCann, Lindsay McCraith, Nicholas Noel, Keara Patterson, Lane Phillips, Kyle Ranieri, Savanna Reser, Elizabeth Roik, Kelsey Rosenbarker, Killian Rowlee, Elisabeth Russell, Jenna Ruzekowicz, Destiny Schneider, Faith Sharkey, Eric Shear, Jade Sikes, Ana Snyder, Ean Stevenson, Quynn Sweeney, Brendan Todt, Hayley Vann, Samuel Waldron, Erin Waloven, Conner Ware, Kaylee Waugh and Connor Wilde.