As the Class of 2016 prepares to graduate Sunday, first-year Wellington High School principal Tina Drake could not be more proud of sending these Dukes out into the world.
“I will miss their personalities,” said Drake. “They’re a very close-knit group. It’s a special group and we all grew a lot together.”
Commencement will take place at 2:30 p.m. at Wellington High School. Auxiliary police will direct traffic for the event. All in attendance must be seated before the ceremony will begin.
According to the WHS guidance office, 108 seniors will receive diplomas with 10 receiving honor diplomas and 61 earning college scholarships.
“As a math teacher, I had many of these kids in the classroom,” said Drake. “As a former student council advisor, I also got to know them from that standpoint. This is such a great profession and I enjoy it every day because of these kids.”
Post-high school plans are varied for the departing Dukes. Roughly 65 percent plan to attend college immediately. School choices include Kent State, Cleveland State, Ohio State, Toledo, Ohio University, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, and Lorain County Community College.
Eight students also plan to enlist in the military.
“I see a vast amount of potential for these kids,” said guidance counselor Patrick Gallion. “Like principal Drake, this is also my first year in this position. It hasn’t always left as much time as I would have liked to get to know everyone. What I do know is that this is a solid collection of seniors. The personalities stand out, as do the ways that they’ve overcome some very difficult situations. I’m excited to see where they’re heading.”
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.
Seniors in the Class of 2015 receive their diplomas during last year’s commencement ceremony. This year’s will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Wellington High School.