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Lorain HS recognizes 152 students for strait A accomplishments   

LORAIN, November 16, 2018: “Find your passion, and never forget where you came from.” Those were the words echoed through the Lorain High School cafeteria and into the memories of 152 scholars, Nov. 16. 
 

During a brief breakfast and recognition ceremony, the high school’s executive director Daniel Garvey recognized each one for their scholastic achievement of straight A’s during the first quarter of the school year. 

On behalf of the entire leadership team, Garvey acknowledged the scholars’ academic accomplishments, and noted how extremely proud he and his team were of them. “I hope you will see what an exclusive group this is,” Garvey said. “Less than 1 percent of LHS students are sitting in this room today. You have set yourself apart not only because of your straight A’s, but rather your actions which led to this result: planning ahead, participating in class, studying, asking for help when you needed it and going above and beyond.”

Garvey said Friday morning’s celebration was a moment he and his administrators live for and one that reminded him and his team of why their jobs are so special. “Thank you for exemplifying what ‘expect excellence’ truly means,” he added.

Apart from Garvey’s accolades, scholars were showered with words of encouragement and praise from Neighborhood Alliance program coordinator and Lorain City Schools alumna Kaitlyn González, and 30-year educator Stacey Vore.  Ms. González, who graduated from Lorain High School in 2013 and currently runs the Rising Titans Collaborative—which focuses on kindergarten readiness for all children in Lorain—praised the scholars for their accomplishments and those who have made significant strides in their academic growth. 

“You are all awesome examples of the greatness that comes from the school, which we clearly need more of, and I know you all will continue to succeed like I believe you can,” Ms. González told them.

During her speech, Ms. Vore touched on her biracial background, growing up in the southern-most part of the state, and her struggles growing up a poor farmer’s daughter during a time where social and racial bigotry was commonplace.  “I know what it is to be poor,” Ms. Vore emphatically shared with the room. “I know about outhouses and coal bins. I also know about neighbors taking care of each other because we often had to.” 

Despite her economic and social struggles as a child, Ms. Vore said she never used either as a reason to make excuses or give up. Upon graduating from the University of Miami, Ohio, Vore vowed never to return to southern Ohio, but rather head north, to the city of Lorain. A place, she says, which comes with many of the challenges she saw as a child. 

Ms. Vore assured scholars, no matter the obstacle they may face in their own lives, none is too large to hold them back from achieving success. Financial woes, transportation struggles, nor lack of support should hold them down, but rather inspire them to overcome adversity. As it is adversity that makes one a stronger person, she said.  “

I say to you, don’t let the circumstances of your childhood hold you back from achieving your dreams,” Ms. Vore said to the roomful of scholars. “Find your passion. And never forget where you came from.”

 
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