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GRTS Graduation 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009, C-T

CAPTION: Graduates of Grand River Technical School walk across the stage to accept their diplomas and shake hands with school officials during a graduation ceremony Friday evening, May 15, 2009 at Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center. There were 50 graduates in nine areas of study receiving degrees.

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

CAPTION: Tim Babcock, General Foreman of Maintenance for Kawasaki Motors Mfg. Corp. in Maryville, was presented with Grand River Technical School's Outstanding Service Award. The award was presented by Mike Harrington (left), GRTS instructor of indstrial maintenance technology. At right is Chad Dudley, instructor of ag diesel service technology.

C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Grand River Technical School held its 2009 graduation exercises Friday evening at Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center with 50 graduates receiving degrees.

Chillicothe R-2 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Linda Gray-Smith welcomed the graduates and their families and friends and Ron Wolf, co-director of GRTS, introduced the keynote speaker — City Administrator Dean Brookshier. Brookshier was chosen as guest speaker, in part, because Chillicothe has more than 85 full-time employees and up to 65 part-time employees and that most of the jobs require the kind of training that GRTS students receive. In fact, many of Chillicothe’s employees were trained at the GRTS, said Wolf. "Since Chillicothe and other city governments are large employers of our graduates, I felt it would be good to hear form a city administrator,” Wolf said.

In his remarks, Brookshier congratulated the students and shared his advice with them. “As you go into your livelihoods, be productive citizens; be contributors and not gripers,” he said. Brookshier also encouraged them to take chances. “Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone,” he said. After his remarks, the achievements of several graduates were recognized.

Marla Harrington, financial aid coordinator, reported that several graduates had maintained perfect attendance throughout the year. They were Chris Henderson, Unionville; Matt Grime, Chillicothe; Joshua Hackworth, Chillicothe; Cody Wade, Chillicothe; and Chad Utt, Cameron. Several graduates earned academic excellence awards for their straight "A" averages. Harrington announced those students as Cory French, of Trenton; and Chris Henderson, of Unionville. Outstanding student award recognition went to Alvino Michael Garcia and Cory French, both of Trenton.

Roger Wolf, co-director of GRTS, then presented the graduates with their certificates to the graduates of nine fields of study. The graduation ceremony concluded with Vicky Duckworth, GRTS computer service instructor, providing closing remarks. A reception followed.

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