“This is such a fantastic day for everyone-the students, their families and the faculty and staff who have been a part of this educational journey,” said Patrick Atwater, superintendent. “I’ve been lucky to work in the Tift County School System for 24 years, and this day is always one of my favorites of the year.”
While more offers are still coming and decisions being made, what the Class of 2015 has already accomplished is impressive. Of the 478 graduates, 135 were honor students.
“Many of our students took full advantage of what a public school can offer,” said TCHS Principal Kim Seigler. “Totals are still coming in, but the class has already earned more than $700,000 in scholarships, not including HOPE. We have graduates going to college all over the nation, into branches of the military and some right into the work force.”
As of Saturday, colleges and universities that some TCHS student had committed to include: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Arkansas State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Art Institute of Atlanta, Columbus State, Emmanuel College, Florida Southwestern State College, Georgia College and State University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia Tech, Gordon State College, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, Moultrie Technical College, Reedley College, Santa Fe College, University of Georgia, University of Mississippi, University of North Florida, University of North Georgia and Valdosta State University.
In addition to academic, athletic and other extra-curricular accomplishments, volunteerism was also highlighted. The class logged nearly 6,000 volunteer hours.
“That’s one thing we hope all students take away from their high school career,” Seigler said. “Yes, grades are important, but the ultimate goal for us is to see our kids become adults who succeed and give back to the community.”
The faculty, staff, superintendent and Board of Education members are especially thankful for the involved parents who supported their students and were involved in their children’s education.