We’ve reached the last week of school. It’s a week filled with final exams, pool parties, student recognition ceremonies and super fun days. On Sunday we held the 136th commencement of Thomas Worthington High School and the 24th commencement of Worthington Kilbourne High School. 700 young adults walked across the stage at Battelle Hall in the Columbus Convention Center and they now join the over 50,000 living alumni of Worthington Schools. As a 1991 graduate of Worthington Schools I say, “Welcome to our alumni club!”
Graduation is a special day. It’s a day that we spend 13 years as a school district preparing for. Worthington Board of Education Member Marc Schare said this about graduation:
“Today is graduation day for the Worthington School District and I have a confession to make. I love graduation day. It’s one of my favorite parts about being a school board member. I love the speeches where the Principals recount the accomplishments of the senior class. I love it when the Principals acknowledge those seniors who have chosen to defend our country by enlisting in the armed forces or accepting an appointment to a military academy (and the inevitable standing ovation that follows). I love the amazingly eloquent remarks made by the student class leaders. I love the fact that students get to select a special teacher or coach (or bus driver…see the 5/25/15 Columbus Dispatch article) to present them with their diploma because it makes for hundreds of special emotional moments, especially so when that teacher or coach is also a parent. I love the spontaneous outburst from parents when their child’s name is called even though it’s against the rules (really, can you blame them?) and I especially love the fact that the vast majority of Worthington graduates are, at the end of the day, “College or Career Ready” because after all, wasn’t that the point?
Congratulations to all of our graduates, their parents who have been dreaming of this day, and our staff who helped make it happen.”
2014-2015 has been a great school year in Worthington. Our hope is that the summer of 2015 is a great one for you and your family. Spend some time together, enjoy some lazy days by the pool, at the lake, beach, or in the mountains. Please make sure your student reads everyday. (The Worthington Library Summer Reading Program can help.) We’ll begin the 2015-2016 school year on August 19th.
Thomas Worthington High School senior Andrew Craig is locally famous for saying each day “It’s a great day to be a Cardinal!” I’d say it was a great year to be part of Worthington Schools! Thanks for a great school year! The best is yet to come!
-Trent Bowers, Assistant Superintendent