Turn-Around students honored

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

Poppy Adams
Gabrielle Cooper

Coleman High School
Elizabeth Bushre
Steven Snear

Farwell High School

Shane Cox
Mariah Veenstra

Farwell Timberland High School
Devon Verdon
Ashlee Wale

Gladwin High School
Ashlee Height
Andrew Teal

Harrison High School

Vanessa Kocur
Dylan LaPorte

Harrison Community/
Alternative Education

Stacee Bonovitch
Summerlee Darabos

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