Proud family and friends filled Grand Haven High School’s Performing Arts Center as the 34 students from the Class of 2013 dressed in blue and white caps and gowns to receive their diplomas.
Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent Keith Konarska highlighted the graduating seniors' accomplishments during their time at Central High School. He said ACT scores improved dramatically, pursuit of post-secondary education opportunities increased more than 50 percent, and the student achievement level is the highest among alternative high schools in the state.
Central High School also received a Bronze medal from the U.S. News and World Report for high achievement.
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Konarska told the graduates that saying he felt proud of them would be an understatement.
“I truly believe that in each of you lies incredible potential,” he said to them. “Now, more than anytime in your life, you have the ability to set the course. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. Be relentless in pursuit of your dreams.”
In a Tribune survey about post-secondary education plans that 17 Central High School seniors completed, 71 percent said they plan on remaining in West Michigan this fall. Thirty-five percent of the students surveyed said they plan to receive a four-year degree, 29 percent intend to earn a two-year degree and 24 percent indicated they would receive a certification at a career school.
Wesley Smith, from last year's Central High School graduating class, addressed the Class of 2013 about the importance of taking responsibility and following your dreams.
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