The group spent the bittersweet day fondly recalling the past, but also excitedly looking toward the future.
James knows it will be difficult to say goodbye to her classmates from EHOVE’s health careers program, but said she’s excited for the opportunities awaiting each one of them. After graduating from Perkins High School, she plans to enroll in EHOVE’s adult education program to study nursing.
“Coming to EHOVE is the best decision I’ve ever made,” James said. “Your grades shoot up, you get a head start in your career and your classmates and teachers become your family. Everyone here has been wonderful to me.”
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EHOVE honored James and more than 300 other high school seniors at its 44th annual recognition ceremonies Friday at the State Theater. The technical school hosted two ceremonies to recognize students from more than a dozen partner districts in Erie, Huron and Ottawa counties. Both events nearly filled the theater.
The morning was an opportunity to celebrate each student’s journey to graduation day, said Shannon Ebert, student speaker at the 11 a.m. ceremony. Teacher academy student Mary Kate Bodkin, from Edison High School, was the student speaker at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony.
Ebert recapped memories of preschool and kindergarten — when “cooties” and tasting glue were primary concerns — and shared laughs with her classmates as they took a nostalgic journey through their awkward teenage years.
“Then we all made a decision to further our education with a program based on our interests,” Ebert said. “Thanks to EHOVE, we all have had a chance to reach our highest potential and be something great.”
For Ebert, her personal journey was a “leap of faith” which led to the equivalent of about half of a bachelor’s degree. An interactive media technology student from Perkins High School, Ebert earned 62 college credits — an EHOVE record — while also attending BGSU Firelands. She landed a volleyball scholarship with the University of Findlay and plans to study business.
“Coming here was a no-brainer,” she said. “It’s a bittersweet day, but more bitter, because I’m sad to leave it behind. Everything is so hands-on and everyone makes it easy and fun to learn.”
EHOVE’s leaders, principal Rod Smith and superintendent Sharon Mastroianni, praised the hard work and dedication of this year’s graduating class while speaking Friday.
“You’ve reset the bar for future EHOVE students to ensure they’re college and career ready,” Smith said.
EHOVE Career Center’s Class of 2013
Number of graduates: 309
Going to college: 56 percent
Going into workforce: 37 percent
Going into military: 7 percent
Total amount of scholarships accepted: $178,750
Want to learn more? Visit ehove.net/connection to read blog posts from this year’s EHOVE Career Center graduates.