Glas­gow High grads chal­lenged to be cham­pi­ons

Newark Post - - Front Page - By KARIE SIM­MONS ksim­mons@ches­

Although there is still so much left for Glas­gow High School’s Class of 2017 to ac­com­plish in the world, the grad­u­ates took a muchde­served break from wor­ry­ing about their fu­tures on Mon­day to cel­e­brate the suc­cesses al­ready be­hind them.

Those suc­cesses, as listed by Prin­ci­pal Dean Ivory, in­clude the foot­ball team’s un­de­feated fall sea­son, which se­cured the Dragons an out­right Blue Hen Con­fer­ence ti­tle for the first time since 1989. The cross coun­try team was also Blue Hen champs this year, and the school also won state sports­man­ship awards. Off the field, the se­nior class put in thou­sands of hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice, ex­celled in aca­demics, arts, mu­sic and the­ater, and re­ceived over $1.4 mil­lion in to­tal schol­ar­ship money.

This fall, more than half of the class will be at­tend­ing col­lege, so if any­one de­serves to wave red roses in the air and sing along to Queen’s “We Are The Cham­pi­ons,” it’s Glas­gow’s Class of 2017.

“This is a fit­ting song,” Ivory said. “Yes, you are in­deed cham­pi­ons.”

The song played at Glas­gow’s grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at the Bob Car­pen­ter Cen­ter on Mon­day where, de­spite the con­fi­dence of hav­ing ac­com­plished so much, nerves still hung in the air for many se­niors.

Maya Robin­son, 18, was wor­ried she might trip walk­ing into the arena and said she even switched from heels to flats at the last minute just to be safe. As she waited in the wings with her class­mates, she tried to re­mem­ber her mother’s ad­vice.

“She told me to just take my time,” she said.

Robin­son ad­mit­ted grad­u­a­tion was a sur­real mo­ment be­cause she strug­gled with at­ten­dance her fresh­man year and some­times lacked the mo­ti­va­tion to do well. How­ever, as high school pro­gressed, she said she learned more about the im­por­tance of aca­demic suc­cess and how it can lead to bet­ter ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fu­ture.

She will at­tend Delaware Tech­ni­cal Com­mu­nity Col­lege in the fall to study busi­ness and then go to cos­me­tol­ogy school. She said she wants to open her own beauty sa­lon some day.

Robin­son said she en­joyed build­ing re­la­tion­ships with friends and teach­ers while at Glas­gow High, but her fa­vorite mem­ory is the se­nior class pic­ture at the be­gin­ning of the year.

“Ev­ery­one was to­gether and it was funny be­cause we did a funny pic­ture. They had to keep tak­ing new ones to get a good one, so we were there for a while,” she said, laugh­ing.

Ar­nett Richard­son, 17, said he will never for­get be­ing voted prom king and all the great mem­o­ries from be­ing on the cheer­lead­ing squad.

“I was the only boy that did it ba­si­cally, so it was like my sport,” he said.

He will also be head­ing to DelTech in the fall and will study early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion in the hopes of be­com­ing a teacher.

“I’m ready to adios,” Richard­son said. “I can’t wait. I’m about to turn up.”

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to not wak­ing up at six in the morn­ing,” Brian Ro­jas, 18, added. “I hate that.”

As a trans­fer stu­dent from Cal­i­for­nia, Jose Chavez, 18, spent the be­gin­ning of his se­nior year at Glas­gow meet­ing new peo­ple and ac­cli­mat­ing to the school. Luck­ily, he found his place on the lacrosse team as a goalie and quickly be­came friends with fel­low gradu- ate Bray­den Coul­bourn, who he would of­ten visit in his culi­nary class.

Chavez joked that he will miss Coul­bourn’s cook­ing.

“If you ever need some chicken Al­fredo, I got you,” Coul­bourn said.

Chavez will head to Wilm­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity in the fall, but plans to even­tu­ally trans­fer to Pep­per­dine Uni­ver­sity in Cal­i­for­nia to study film and mu­sic. He said he will miss the peo­ple he met at Glas­gow and see­ing them ev­ery day in class, but he’s look­ing for­ward to the fu­ture.

“Just be­ing able to do what I love,” he said.

For those ner­vous about what lies ahead af­ter high school, class pres­i­dent Ju­lian Turner said she un­der­stands how they feel be­cause it’s scary. But she said the Class of 2017 has al­ready over­come and ac­com­plished so much, and re­ceived so much sup­port from fam­ily and teach­ers that there’s no rea­son to worry.

“I know I don’t know all of you and you don’t know me, but what I do know is we got this,” she said.

Echo­ing Queen’s lyrics, Ivory agreed the grad­u­ates are in­deed cham­pi­ons, but urged them not to stop af­ter they grad­u­ate. He told them to con­tinue to strive for ex­cel­lence, go the ex­tra mile, make a pos­i­tive im­pact and be a cham­pion for those less for­tu­nate.

They may be Glas­gow High’s cham­pi­ons, but Ivory chal­lenged the grad­u­ates to be cham­pi­ons of the world.

“For the world can never have too many cham­pi­ons,” he said.

Glas­gow High School Se­nior Class Pres­i­dent Ju­lian Turner ad­dresses her fel­low grad­u­ates. NE­WARK POST PHO­TOS BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Glas­gow High School grad­u­ates look for fa­mil­iar faces in the crowd as they en­ter the Bob Car­pen­ter Cen­ter.

Glas­gow High School grad­u­ates march into the Bob Car­pen­ter Cen­ter on Mon­day night.

Glas­gow High School vale­dic­to­rian Sierra Dot­son ad­dresses her fel­low grad­u­ates.

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