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James H. Groves Adult High School graduates 37 Sussex students

Thirty-seven adult learners celebrated years of hard work and dedication this week at their graduation from James H. Groves Adult High School, receiving their diplomas with pomp and circumstance in recognition of the challenges they had overcome.

James H. Groves graduates
Members of the James H. Groves Class of 2019 on stage after receiving their diplomas.

The Class of 2019 was addressed by Sussex Technical School District Superintendent Stephen Guthrie, Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting, and state Director of Adult Education Maureen Whelan. Also attending were state Senator David L. Wilson and state Representative Timothy D. Dukes.

“Perseverance means being determined to never give up despite the odds – and you are a group of highly determined high school graduates,” Sussex Tech Superintendent Stephen Guthrie said. “You have perspired and persisted to achieve your dreams, and deserve a huge round of applause for succeeding. Your families also deserve thanks for supporting you through this journey. We are just pleased to have played a part in your success today and your future endeavors.”

Secretary of Education Susan Bunting congratulated the graduates: “As adults who returned to the classroom, earning these diplomas required a lot of sacrifices. Many of you had to balance fulltime jobs, families and other responsibilities. However, you recognized the importance of earning this diploma so you didn’t give up. You attended class after a long day of work. You studied after your children were in bed. You missed sleep, social activities and other preferred activities because you had a goal. I am so proud of you for achieving it today.”

Teacher Walk
Principal Linda Eklund hugs a graduate during a tradition known as the Teacher Walk, in which teachers and staff congratulate the new graduates before the ceremony.

James H. Groves Adult High School provides opportunities for adults statewide to earn their high school diploma. The Sussex Technical School District operates the high school for 220 Groves learners in Sussex County each year, with classes taught at eight sites around the county.

Graduating students by hometown included:

  • Bridgeville: Toni Johnson, Ieshia E. Roberts, Nadine Camille Tinsman
  • Dagsboro: Montana June Manelski, Caitlyn Rose Zellers
  • Delmar: Ethan Daniel Messick, Kaylee Celeste Smith
  • Ellendale: Michael Lynn Christopher Jr., Curtis Eliff, Salena Marie Timmons-Eley
  • Frankford: Kenneth C. Ransbottom, Jr.
  • Georgetown: Alicia Y. Leonard, Mayda Velasquez
  • Laurel: Debra Ann Calloway
  • Lewes: Rozan Alqaryouti, Jacqueline Skylar Reber Szczepkowski
  • Lincoln: Diana Acevedo, Kylie Van Gorder
  • Milford: Kyle Herrman, Carman Jarmon, Lacey Michelle Spencer
  • Millsboro: Andrea Irene Lizama Amaya, Daysi De Jesus Vanegas Beltran, Olivia Berger, Edith Francois, Matthew Murphy, Anna Whitcomb
  • Milton: Kaylee Nicotero
  • Ocean View: Audrey Brynn Hopkins
  • Rehoboth Beach: Jaclyn Sara Joseph
  • Seaford: William James Hendrickson II, Tonya L. Jones, Nicole Elizabeth McCarville, Ronshell Victoria Purnell
  • Selbyville: Conor Jones, Deven Elizabeth Kester, Jorge Ernesto Serrato Parada

    Dignitaries
    Led by Principal Linda Eklund, Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting, Sussex Technical School District Superintendent Stephen Guthrie and state Director of Adult Education Maureen Whelan, dignitaries and officials make their way into the graduation ceremony.

Receiving special awards and scholarships were:

  • Diana Acevedo, Sussex Tech Adult Education Division Scholarship
  • Andrea Irene Lizama Amaya, Sussex Tech Adult Education Division Scholarship
  • Edith Francois, Principal’s Scholarship
  • Kyle Herrman, OAASIS Scholarship
  • Toni Johnson, Outstanding Student Award
  • Kaylee Nicotero, State Director’s Scholarship
  • Alica Y. Leonard, Outstanding Student Award
  • Nicole Elizabeth McCarville, Ethel Cook Memorial Scholarship and Outstanding Student Award
  • Kenneth C. Ramsbottom Jr., Ethel Cook Memorial Scholarship and Outstanding Student Award

To enroll or get more information on James H. Groves Adult High School, call 302-856-9035.

 

 

 

Audience at James H. Groves graduation
Family members and friends packed the room for the James H. Groves graduation ceremony.

 

 

 
 

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