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News Community Union Academy proud of accomplishments of its graduates

Union Academy graduates (L-R) Bret Bryson, Justin Henry, John Stewart, David Borque, Tiffany Austin, John Sanfilippo, Shiloh Bradburn. Not pictured: Yamil Ravelo.Union Academy celebrated the graduation of eight students at a school ceremony on Thursday, June 9. In addition to those students, an additional eight who did coursework at the school graduated this year from Franklin High School. Including the nine students that achieved their diplomas after the first semester, a total of 17 students graduated in the school’s Class of 2011.

“This class graduation was much more emotional than in the past because some of the students have been here for three years,” said Principal Kris Reis. “We’ve seen them grow and take some big steps, and we hope that they will continue on.”

More than half of the graduates plan to continue with their academic studies at Southwestern Community College or other colleges in the region. Two others are considering military service, according to Reis.

Reis said that he is especially proud of the graduates of Union, who come from various backgrounds and have all worked hard to earn their diplomas. He noted that as an alternative school, Union Academy tries to be more flexible, working with students’ needs and schedules, and that the diversity and uniqueness of the students is the strength of the school.

“You’ve got to look in the mirror and do what’s right and take care of yourself in the right way,” said Reis when asked to offer advice to his graduates. “If they do that, they’ll be fine.”

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