The Ohio Hi-Point Class of 2018 celebrated May 23 during the Bellefontaine Main Campus’ 2018 Convocation Ceremony, which recognizes students who attend the Bellefontaine Main Campus from one of OHP’s 14 partner school districts and complete a career-technical program.
Ohio Hi-Point’s Students of the Month led the processional followed by the posting of the colors by American Legion Post 173 of Bellefontaine.
Matthew Smith, a Multimedia Marketing senior from Riverside High School, led the Pledge of Allegiance and the introductions of guests.
Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith spoke to the graduates about positively making a difference in the community. “Your life is made up of choices and consequences. How you decide to live your life creates a chain reaction that not only affects you, but everyone around you,” said Smith. He stressed the importance of becoming involved in the community and helping those around you – no matter how big or small the task. “Your impact on this world can only be limited by you,” finished Smith.
Alexandra Bushatz, a Cosmetology senior from Marysville High School, and Jadzia Café, an Electronics Engineering senior from Riverside High School, were the student speakers for the evening.
“As we walked down Campbell Hill and sit here prepared for our goodbyes, we must never forget that we stepped up; we stood strong against the stereotypes, we are leaders, we are Ohio Hi-Point Alumni. We are the future,” said Bushatz. “We have turned into job-ready, day-one professionals who stepped up to a challenge,” finished Bushatz.
Jadzia Café spoke to her fellow peers about becoming a leader and a follower. “Every time a leader tried to go it alone, they failed miserably. Leaders need followers to be successful. They need a support system. Not to follow them blindly, but to have their back, to hold them accountable, and encourage them…A building doesn’t stand without a strong foundation.”
Café was also recognized as Ohio Hi-Point’s Best of Class and honored as the Top Female Student of the Year. Carter Aten, a Multimedia Marketing senior from Bellefontaine High School, was honored as the Top Male Student of the Year.
Lou Vito, president of WPKO/WBLL in Bellefontaine, announced the names of the 218 seniors as they received certificates of completion from the career technical instructors.
High School Director, Tonya Ramey, shared successes of the OHP Class of 2018. Nearly 80 students participated in the district’s School-to-Work program, logging over 12,000 work hours. In addition, students earned 150 College Credit Plus credits in academic courses. The OHP Class of 2018 earned over $600,000 in scholarship monies and 100 students plan to attend higher education classes after graduation.
Ramey closed the ceremony by saying, “Thank you for sharing your final two years of high school at Ohio Hi-Point. I hope you know how proud this faculty, staff, and I am of you!”
Kelsey Webb is Director of Communications & Public Relations.