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Class of 2019 Senior Scholars Reflect on CCS Experience

Class of 2019 Senior Scholars Reflect on CCS Experience

Clarkston High School Principal Gary Kaul and Renaissance High School Principal Christa Fons recently asked our 28 Class of 2019 Senior Scholars to share a few words about what they will take with them when they leave our halls in a few short weeks. Here's what they said: to overcome adversity through the many struggles I've had as a student, overcome failure, and learn from my mistakes.

...that there is more to school than just good must have a balanced life to grow as a student and person.

... to realize my full potential, I need to push myself to be a better person.

... I had more potential that I thought.

...the importance of thinking creatively, taking risks, and dreaming big.

...disabilities are not defining characteristics; they do not dictate who someone is as a person.

...I was welcomed to engage in academic content and inspired to acquire knowledge beyond the classroom.

...helped me recognize the power of my own voice.

...we don't always have to agree with others, but we do need to accept them to move toward a peaceful and productive society.

...that the most important things I have learned have not been from a book, but from those around me. challenge myself and positively handle failure.

...that if we are open, teachers can have such a positive impact on our lives.

...that it is impossible to be truly kind if you let your heart hate even one person.

...when we celebrate our differences, the world becomes a happier place.

...the value of communication is key in establishing relationships that provide a network of support.

...that it never hurts to ask for help.

...hard work will get me where I want to go.

...there is real value in perseverance.

...success is not defined by numbers, dollars or GPA, rather success is the desire to learn more about this world and to view our shortcomings as opportunities.

...Clarkston is a supportive community that has helped me grow into the self-assured person I am today.

...words have the power to heal, unite, and inspire, but can dually serve to manipulate, undermine, and is the conscious choice we each have to pick and choose our words to incite positive outcomes.

Reflecting on these responses, Mr. Kaul said, "Interesting that these students, each of whom earned well over a 4.0 GPA during their time with us, did not mention grades or test scores. Ultimately, it is our students who can best determine what is important to them as learners. If we trust the process, have faith in our educators, provide sound and challenging academic experiences, and work to form meaningful relationships, our students will be well prepared and ready for the next phase of their lives."

We wish the Clarkston High School and Renaissance High School Class of 2019 best of luck as they make the leap from students to treasured alumni of Clarkston Community Schools.

Class of 2019 Senior Celebrations


  • Jack G. Anderson
  • Seth R. Bacon
  • Lewyn W. Beernink
  • Megan E. Ford
  • Addison M. Gale
  • Jessica J. Greatorex
  • Evan J. Hall
  • Kaitlyn E. Joyner
  • Karli M. Keilitz
  • Rachel K. Kociba
  • Marlena S. Komatz
  • Megan N. Lee
  • Lauren Link
  • Joshua E. Luther
  • Jaclyn F. Marra
  • Megan G. Mayernik
  • Madeline E. Merritt
  • Nathan T. Murray
  • Grace E. Nolan
  • Guadalupe Esteban Rosas
  • Caitlin J. Sivak
  • Mark D. Sprague
  • Drew C. Stark
  • Mya J. Strayer
  • Olivia G. Thomas
  • Frederick VanKleek
  • Sophia C. Wilhelm
  • Ryan D. Wycoff

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,500 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.

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