By Andrew Cluley
Community High School Dean Marci Tuzinsky says each member of the class of 2015 made Community special. All of the talents of the 121 graduates were on display at last night’s Commencement Ceremony at Rackham Auditorium.
This included a poem created by the class, musical performances, dancing, and every graduate sharing their thoughts. Thanks were given to teachers, family members, and classmates. Tales from the last four years at Community were told, and favorite quotes were mentioned.
Throughout the entire event one theme kept repeating. Lily York says it’s all in the school’s name, “To me it meant I was part of a community like the name says.“ She’s ready to go to Kalamazoo College in the fall thanks to Community, but is emotional to be leaving her classmates.
Cody DeVee also appreciates the sense of community, and was recognized with the Jill Award for making the school a happier place. DeVee was recognized for his fundraising efforts. He says raising money for Food Gatherers is a way to give back after his family received assistance following the economic downturn in 2008. “We ended up having to use the food banks a couple times a week, and so that’s basically the most I can do to try to give back. It’s nice to meet all the different people going around too, it gets you to have a good sense of community, like the true sense of community. That’s what I think Community High School embodies and presents in all sorts of activities we do and that’s what’s changed me most of all,” DeVee says.
For Julian Stockton Community High School means seeing the importance of passion in what you do and think. “Being around students who love what they do so much, and teachers who love what they do so much, and see them get fulfillment in that when that aren’t necessarily getting fulfillment out of you know financial success or recognition, that meant a lot to me,” Stockton says.