Twenty students from ten local high schools were recognized at the eighth annual Clare-Gladwin Area School Board Association’s Turn-Around Achievement Awards on May 2. Held at Mid Michigan Community College, community leaders in education celebrated the accomplishments of local high school students who have made a positive and significant change in their lives during their high school careers.
“Every student’s story is different. Some have overcome academic challenges, while others have figured out how to handle negative peer pressure,” said Sheryl Presler, Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District superintendent. “This ceremony is designed to honor the students who have persevered during some very difficult personal or family situations and have taken charge of their futures.”
The Keynote Speaker at the awards ceremony was 1996 Harrison High School graduate Cora Hallauer. Holding an associate’s degree in elementary education and business from Mid Michigan Community College, Hallauer revealed details of her turbulent upbringing and how, despite her circumstances, she was able to achieve her goals. Hallauer and her husband currently own three area businesses.
Turn-Around Achievement Award recipients include:
Clare High School
Coleman High School
Farwell High School
Farwell Timberland High School
Gladwin High School
Harrison High School