A pair of teen girls clutching graduation robes and high heeled shoes arrived at Cecil College Thursday night, with one yelling, "This has been the best year of my life" as she got out of her car and headed to collect her diploma.
The largest ever Cecil County School of Technology graduation ceremony was held at the college's physical education complex. In all, 296 students graduated. Along the way, they earned 324 certifications with additional pending. Capstone projects were created by 43 students. Additionally, 97 percent of the students earned first aid and CPR certifications.
A week before graduation, students collected awards at a ceremony held at Elkton High. The following students earned awards/scholarships:
Outstanding students: Health professions Amy Ingersoll, Joanna Tarango, Anthony Alexander, and Syanni Waters, American Culinary Federation - Savelle Brown and Andrew Terry, Automotive - Mohammed Bouceddi and Luis Limon, CISCO IT Networking - Ciara Andrews, Construction Trades - Steven Merchant and Chase Passwaters, Cosmetology - Anna Hokuf and Andrea Herrera, Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education - Valerie Carreon, Electrical Trades - Nolin Eckert, Fire Science/EMS - Nicholas Bigley, Heavy Industrial Maintenance - Jakob Campbell, Homeland Security - Jeremy Fitzgerald, HVAC/Plumbing - Sadie Ankney and Dave Moore, Interactive Media - Hope Davis, Natural Resources - Bradley Hall, Biomedical Sciences - Danielle Moore, Welding and Metals Technology - Andrew Anders
Scholarships: Cecil College Board of Trustees four semesters, full tuition - Alexis Ritchie, Cecil County Government - four semesters full tuition plus $375 for books - Joanna Tarango, Principal's Scholarship - MacKenzie Underwood $1,000, Orbital ATK STEM Scholarship - Charles Thurston $1,000, LEO Club Scholarship $600 per semester for two years, Tinamarie Reamy REMAX $1,500 Schlarship - Summer Gilley, North East Lions Club Henry Hammer Student Award $500 - Ian Knox.