Parent, friends and teachers celebrated the graduation of 223 Flint Community Schools students on June 6 at Whiting Auditorium.
Graduates were from Flint Southwestern Classical Academy, Flint Northwestern and the Accelerated Learning Academy.
“I will remember this night forever,” says 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.”
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.
Manuel Woods was also a valedictorian at Northwestern.
“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,” says 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.”
Carrie Edwards-Clemons, an alumnus of Flint Northwestern, served as the keynote speaker. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, and her masters of business administration from Columbia Southern University. Edwards-Clemons is a former teacher at Flint Community Schools and now serves in various roles with the City of Flint Fire Department.
TheHUB Flint congratulates all the graduates.