2018-06-03 / Insight

Almont’s seniors a remarkable group

ALMONT — Almont High School’s senior class got off to a rocky start this year with the tragic suicide of a classmate that most of them had known all their lives. But Superintendent Bill Kalmar noted, “They have been resilient and successful.”

Kalmar said, “Because my high school principal has been on a medical leave of absence since March, I have worked more closely with the Class of 2018 than many superintendents may have had the pleasure to work with their high school seniors.” He said two things really stood out for him about the Class of 2018 — achievement and generosity.

He said this year’s graduating class at Almont has been very service based. “From two senior boys who dedicated their capstone to reviving our Homecoming Powder Puff game, and then donating the proceeds to a worthy cause, to the senior girl who spent 200 hours after school creating a mural in our hallway, these seniors have given back all year,” he said. “When one of your best senior athletes also dedicates time each day to support special education students as a ‘LINK,’ you know you have something special happening.”

Almont is a small high school, so the impact of these behaviors resonates everywhere.

Almont’s Class of 2018’s achievements have been impressive, Kalmar said. “Whether it be athletic, in our theater program, or in our fine arts, senior leaders were key in all our successes, he said. “Academically these students have made tremendous accomplishments.

Almont seniors are headed for schools at diverse as The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Phil Foley

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