We’ve reached graduation week for the Worthington Schools class of 2018. On Sunday we will graduate 720 seniors from Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne. It’s hard to believe that the school year is almost over and harder to believe that some of our students are not only seniors but soon to be graduates.
I love graduation day as it’s a special day for both the school district and more importantly for families. As a school district, we get to award a diploma that will be significant for students the rest of their lives. For families, it’s a moment of culmination and of transition. So many great families in Worthington will watch their child cross the stage and receive their diploma.
They say that the days are long but the years are short. It’s certainly true when that comes to seeing someone else’s child grow up. It seems like they move from preschool children with bookbags as big as they are to young adults driving around town in the blink of an eye. It’s a pleasure to watch our students grow up and an honor as a school district to get to play a part in shaping their future.
At Thomas Worthington, Elaine Miller will graduate. Elaine is the third sibling in her family to graduate from TWHS. Her brother James and sister Abbie proceeded her at TWHS. Her parents Don and Trish are both graduates of Worthington High School. Her grandmother retired from Worthington Schools and my first interview with Worthington Schools for a teaching position in 1995 was with Elaine’s great aunt. (I didn’t get the job…) I grew up attending a local church that was founded by Elaine’s grandfather. I once asked Elaine’s Aunt Katie to attend the Perry Middle School 7th grade Valentine’s dance with me. There is no question that after she graduates on Sunday, Elaine will go off and Change the World. But, I’m hopeful that one of those Miller children will someday decide to reside in Worthington and raise their children in Worthington Schools.
Elaine, like all of our graduates, will hear this final charge from me as I complete my address to the graduates on Sunday: “in Worthington we expect a great deal from you, but we will be here to support you. We will be here watching and after you have found your great success I’d ask that you remember Worthington. It’s important to give back to the community that has given so much to you.”
Graduation is held on Sunday, May 20th at Battelle Hall in the Columbus Convention Center. Worthington Kilbourne will graduate at noon and Thomas Worthington will graduate at 4:00 P.M. No tickets are required to attend.
-Trent Bowers, Superintendent