2018-06-03 / Insight

North Branch on their graduates: ‘Class that cares about each other’

NORTH BRANCH — The North Branch High School graduating Class of 2018 has seen both achievement and tragedy, and as they prepare for graduation, North Branch Area Schools Superintendent Jim Fish said he’s looking forward to what the 2018 class will accomplish beyond North Branch.

“I have heard this class described as high achieving, very involved, and forward thinking,” he said. “This is also a friendly class that genuinely cares about each other and is a very close-knit group.”

This school year, seniors and the North Branch community saw the devastating loss of a student, Adrianna Phouvone, and Fish said her memory will be on the minds of not only the graduating class but all in the North Branch community. “The Class of 2018 has experienced some very tragic events this past year and has provided emotional support for each other and our community in coping with the loss of classmates,” said Fish. According to Fish, the upcoming graduation ceremony will feature an empty chair among the senior class, which would have been occupied by Phouvone. “While the chair is not occupied physically, we know Adrianna’s presence will be with this class during graduation and beyond. She, as well as junior Morgan Fike, are constantly in our thoughts, and I believe this and next year’s class recognizes the value of time and maximizing opportunities in life.”

Despite the emotional year, according to Amy Hyrman, North Branch High School Guidance Counselor, 2018 seniors collectively were awarded over two million in scholarships, and 90 percent of seniors have registered to begin their post-secondary education in the fall. This includes 42 different trade schools, colleges and universities. “We are also very proud of our four students joining the Armed Forces and 17 students entering the workforce,” she said.

Nicholas Pugliese

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