Six a record for Kelleys Island class

KELLEYS ISLAND Kelleys Island on Saturday graduated the largest class since 1952 -- six. "This is just exceptional. It
JACOB LAMMERS
May 24, 2010

 

KELLEYS ISLAND

Kelleys Island on Saturday graduated the largest class since 1952 -- six.

"This is just exceptional. It's unique," Principal Phil Thiede said. "For us it's a large class."

Classmates have been in school together since kindergarten.

Since Thiede became principal a few years ago, he encouraged the students to expand their horizons. All six seniors have taken steps to venture from the island out into the real world.

But the chance to gain real world experience has not been easy for the students.

"Most kids just drive themselves to school, but these kids use all means of transportation to go to school every day," Thiede said. "Not many kids can say they fly to school every day."

Five students attended EHOVE Career Center pursuing careers in culinary arts, auto and diesel technology and EMT training.

David Oblinger, best in the class, took classes at BGSU Firelands, earning about a year and a half of college credit. Oblinger plans to attend the University of Toledo, majoring in psychology.

"It gives them the opportunity to meet students their own age aside from the same six kids every day," Thiede said.

"There having an opportunity to get involved with clubs and groups -- because of our size - we can't offer to them."

Four students will attend college in the fall, one will enlist in the U.S. Air Force and one could potentially enter the work force.