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Class of 2017: On Track for Graduation

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Eric Malcarney (`17) accepts his fun award from Mr. Overman after the Class of 2017 submitted all their senior statements needed for the yearbook.

The graduating senior class, the Class of 2017, is finishing up their last week at Gilmour Academy on Friday, May 5, 2017.

After making it through final exams and now beginning AP tests, this class is officially winding down their high school careers.

They are now preparing to embark on their senior projects, a final assignment where students spend 40 hours with a mentor to experience hands-on experience in an interest or potential career.

Hannah Kirchner (‘17) is excited for her senior project, where she will be shadowing a Human Resources Manager, and she hopes to learn “more about the different fields within business” to help decide what path she wants to pursue in her future. The senior projects provide opportunities for students to learn more about themselves and the world.

Kenny Kirchner (`17) will be exploring mechanical and aeronautical engineering at Component Repair Technologies who deal with Boeing, the United States military, and a number of international clients. He plans to shadow engineers to learn about the business. He said, “I want to see what different avenues I might take in the future.”

In addition to academic responsibilities, the Class of 2017 has accomplished a special feat. Every senior submitted his or her senior statement for the yearbook. According to Mrs. Nickie Emerson, yearbook organizer, this is the first time in a few years that all seniors did this.

In celebration of this occurrence and achievement, Mr. John Overman, yearbook adviser, administered a raffle for all seniors, with the winner receiving a bobblehead of Kevin Love. Overman said, “One collector’s item deserves another.”

Seniors are encountering a time of change as they transition to their futures, and Jayla Salter (‘17), shared that she is “prepared and excited to take on her future, though she will miss the Gilmour community.” She will be partnering with Action 19 News for her senior project.

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Allie Mikolanis is a junior at Gilmour Academy. She moved to Cleveland from Cincinnati before her freshman year and is very content with her decision to come to Gilmour because of the many opportunities she been exposed to. Allie is very engaged in competitive Speech and Debate, where she expresses her interests in politics and current events through her debate event, Student Congress. Her love of news is now translated into reporting it herself through The Lance, which is an experience she values. She will utilize the skills she has gained through journalism and reporting to guide her in strengthening the voices of others, as she hopes her voice will help and inspire others.