Two hundred and twenty-three students from Flint Community Schools were recognized at The Whiting on Tuesday, June 5 in the culminating event for the 2018 graduating class. Graduates from Flint Southwestern Classical Academy, Flint Northwestern and the Accelerated Learning Academy were recognized by FCS staff, their families and community members.
“The 2018 graduating class is filled with bright, creative and ambitious students that are destined for success in the next chapter of their academic and personal journey,” said Kelly Fields, Flint Northwestern and Accelerated Learning Academy principal. “Graduation is always one of my favorite events of the year as our students are celebrated and recognized for the hard work and dedication they demonstrate throughout their educational career.”
Held at the Whiting Auditorium in downtown Flint, the event saw scores of families gathering to celebrate their students at the ceremony. Student speeches reflecting on their journey and preparing classmates for the future were made by Adam Gilmour, Valedictorian of Flint Southwestern Classical Academy, Brandi Roper, Valedictorian of Flint Northwestern, Alexa Stringer, Salutatorian of Flint Southwestern and Onnah Haley, Salutatorian of Flint Northwestern.
Carrie Edwards-Clemons, an alumnus of Flint Northwestern, served as the keynote speaker. Carrie earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, and her Master’s of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University. She is a former teacher at Flint Community Schools and now serves in various roles with the City of Flint Fire Department.
“I will remember this night forever,” said Malika Triplett, Flint Southwestern Classical Academy graduate. “My classmates and I have worked hard to see this day, and we are excited to celebrate the journey and this accomplishment.”