On a gorgeous morning, 415 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. “This is always one of my favorite days of the year.”
While more offers are still coming and decisions being made, what the Class of 2017 has already accomplished is impressive. Of the 415 graduates, 138 were honor students. Of the 138 honor students, 46 were superior honor graduates.
“Many of our students took full advantage of what we offer,” said TCHS Principal Kim Seigler. “Totals are still coming in, but the class has already earned more than $1.4 million in scholarships, not including HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships. We have graduates going to college all over the nation, into branches of the military and some right into the work force.”
Members of the graduating class were accepted to numerous colleges and universities including
Harvard University, Yale University, Ithaca College, University of Georgia, Georgia Southern, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Columbia University, Mercer University, University of North Georgia, Kennesaw State, Lagrange College, University of North Texas, Auburn University, Florida State University, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Georgia State University, Valdosta State University, Lee University, Troy University, Birmingham-Southern College, Gordon State College, Southwestern State, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Wesleyan College, Andrew College, Brewton-Parker College, Augusta University, University of Alabama, Tennessee Wesleyan College, South Georgia College, Piedmont College, Georgia College, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Virginia Tech, Alabama State University, Alfred State, University of South Florida and Southeastern University.
In addition to academic, athletic and other extra-curricular accomplishments, volunteerism was also highlighted. The class logged more than 13,000 volunteer hours.
“That’s one thing we hope all students take away from their high school career,” Seigler said. “Grades are important, but the ultimate goal for us is to see our students 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.