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“Never give up on your dreams”
“Never give up on your dreams”
Posted on 06/06/2021
Student giving speech

Utica Alternative Learning Center and Adult Education celebrated perseverance and resilience in their journey toward a major life’s goal: a high school diploma.

Hermalinda Sporea , an adult education graduate at 70 years of age, had simple advice for her classmates: “Never give up on your dreams.”

When those long-forgotten goals and dreams gently nudge you, be willing to follow them and see where the path may lead you,” she said.

This year, UCS graduated 26 adult education students and the Alternative Learning Center graduated 61 seniors.

“Our graduates have worked hard to get to this moment,” said Director of Community Education CJ Wajeeh. “Many have had to balance jobs, families, and their education in the quest for a high school diploma. With the support and encouragement of families, friends, and staff they have made it here today. On behalf of the graduates, I would like to thankallyour parents, andfamilieswho have helped you meet this milestone. 

As they celebrated success, graduates also celebrated the school community that supported them on their journey.

It is because of the opportunity I was given by my school that I was able to graduate this year, and I will never forget that,” said graduate speaker Christian White. “In my three and a half years at this school I have seen what it is to be in a community.

Congratulations Utica Alternative Learning Center/Adult Education Graduates

Class of 2021

UCS Adult Education

Hoda Al-Halabi

Dalya Al-Kebbeh

Victoria Antonio

Jacob Christensen 5

Craig Christian

Beniamin Fronczek

Jacob Green

Maribel Gross 4

Suna Hano 4

Deneen Jackson

Daniel Martinez Saavedra

Jamal Moore

Matthew Nazi

Maranda Officer

Christian Palmer

Dawanda Ramey

Raghad Sabih 4

Joleen Shaba

Valentin Shawel 3, 4

Shauna Sill

Hermelinda Sporea 5

Elizabete Vuktilaj

Carey Wong

Lina Yalda 4

Carmen Yatooma 4

Randa Zaitoonah

 

Alternative Learning Center

Ryker Andrew Allen

Joseph Charles Azzopardi

Nicholas Troy Bajeu

Melissa Basic

Calie Marie Benjamin

Philip Guy Benson

Kristian Kole Berisha, 1

Joshua Michael Biernat

Memphess Rai Bommarito

Anthony Kenneth Bonczak

Jozef N. Camaj

Briana Francesca Catenacci

Marvin Albert Covington

Kenneth Jordan Daniels

John Jeffrey DeVore

Justin Terrance Farley

Edmund Sandy Farid

Madelyn Paige Fennell

Madison Skye Renae Greason

Jozef Kol Gurraj

Seth Michael Haddon

Joseph Hanna

Robert Donald Hanson

Mina Nabil Hermiz

Nevaeh Frances Hitzing

Penelope June Hixon, 1

Alexzondria Jo Hughes-Rodgers

Dima Issa, 1

Nicholas Ivezaj

Nathan Daniel Kelenski

Hailey Joy Kolat

Ljubomir Lazic

Diana Leyva

Alexis Jane McConnell

Matthew Robert McGuffin

Hailee Marie McIntosh

Kamir Sahan Melton

Joseph Martino Montalto

Vincent Allen Moratalla

Rita Maria Naddaf

Antonela Nikolic

Ella Nora Oben

Alexis Marie Pavlik

Hail-Lee Marie Peck

Jahleel Linell Peebles

Jesse Aiden Quainton

Bernard Jaylen Sandridge Jr

Matty Adwar Shamoon

Anthony Joseph Shkreli

Mateo Christopher Szpytek

Alex Neil Tosa

Carolina Lisa Valletta

Chloe Elyse Vander Bee

Angelo Vincenzo Vultaggio

Lauren Noelle Ward

Quintin Bradley Whitacre

Christian Anthony White

Cameron Alden White

Zaya Yousif Yaquoub

Manhal Jamal Zaya

 

1 Honor Cords (3.3 or higher GPA)

2- AP Course

3- Dual Enrollment

4- Seal of Global Language

 5- National Adult Education Honor Society