Glasgow High grads challenged to be champions
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.