With the largest class ever recorded in Tift County, 485 seniors walked across the stage at Brodie Field Saturday and became official graduates of Tift County High School.
“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 more than 20 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 2016 has already accomplished is impressive. Of the 485 graduates, 32 were Superior Honor Graduates (95 average and above) and 106 were Honor Graduates (90 -94.9 average).
“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 nearly $1.4 million 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, Albany Technical College, Andrew College, Auburn University, Augusta University, Berry College, Boston College, Brenau University, Carleton College, Central Georgia Technical College, College of Coastal Georgia, Columbia University, Duke University, Emmanuel College, Emory University, Flagler College, Florida State University, Georgetown University, Georgia College and State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Military College, Georgia Southern University, Georgia Southwestern University, Georgia State University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Johnson and Wales University, Kennesaw State University, LaGrange College, Life University, Middle Georgia State University, Mississippi State University, Morehouse College, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Philander Smith College, South Georgia State College, Southern Regional Technical College, Tallahassee Community College, The Art Institute of Atlanta, Thomas University, Toccoa Falls College, Truett-McConnell College, Tusculum College, University of the Cumberlands, University of Alabama,
University of Georgia, University of North Georgia, University of West Georgia and Valdosta State University.
In addition to academic, athletic and other extra-curricular accomplishments, volunteerism was also highlighted. The class logged more than 10,000 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.