The L.C Walker Arena erupted in applause as family, friends and educators gathered Friday night to celebrate 196 seniors graduating. Fruitport Community Schools Superintendent Bob Szymoniak expressed his pride in the graduating class, and he looked forward to their future successes.
Szymoniak reminded the graduates they control their destiny, just as they have with the decisions they've made throughout their lives thus far.
"You control your path," he said.
Although Caleb Magner said he’ll miss his classmates, he's looking forward to a new start.
Magner, 18, said his involvement with the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center helped guide him to graphic design. He will pursue that in the fall at Muskegon Community College.
"I'm ready to move on," he said.
The recent graduate hopes to one day design the graphics for skateboards and snowboards, because it would combine all of his interests, he said.
Alyssa Keith said she looked for inspiration through the online system Career Cruising to help her narrow down her interests.
Keith,18, said she plans to study human resources at Grand Valley State University, where she will attend with her friend, Brianna Routt.
As students sat in their blue and white caps and gowns, Class President Olivia Puente told her classmates that no matter where their lives take them, they should remember they are living the best days of their lives.
Puente offered one final piece of advice for her classmates.
"Have fun," she said.
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