Posted on June 19, 2021 at 6:37 am
Whether faced with typical high school challenges or the atypical challenges presented by COVID-19, members of the Carbon Career & Technical Institute class of 2021 did so with a strong work ethic.
“When I reflect on this year, the desire to work hard is really what kept this class going, despite the many challenges we faced,” said Garrett Weaver, the class’s promotion major.
The CCTI held its annual graduation ceremony on Friday morning. For the first time, the graduation ceremony took place on the school grounds, outside but with a tent to provide shelter on a hot late spring day.
Ninety-seven students from the Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, Panther Valley and Weatherly school districts received degrees.
The students represented 15 fields, including welding, cosmetology, graphic design and the culinary arts.
Weaver, a graduate of the Engineering and Computer Technology program, said there were plenty of distractions that tested students’ concentration this year. Working at home surrounded them with distractions. Learning on a screen rather than in a classroom made it more difficult to use the materials.
But the 2021 class has shown determination.
And Weaver said the dynamism would serve them well when they are in the workforce.
“No matter your rank or what your school score tells you, as long as you continue to have the work ethic that you have reflected throughout your high school career, I see no reason why you shouldn’t be successful. “, did he declare. .
Salvationator Gabriel DeMatto shared with the class some advice he received from his father: “Leave it all in the field”. Counseling means give 100 percent and never give up on your own.
DeMatto said the Class of 2021 should be proud of their background, the COVID restrictions and everything because he’s unique to them.
“Even though our parents would tell us how they should walk to school during a snowstorm, there is one thing they can’t say we can, we went to school during a pandemic global, ”he said.
Class president Kayla Nothstein encouraged her classmates to reflect and enjoy the moment. She reminded them to find positives in every situation, not to worry about things out of their control, and reminded them that they will always share the time they have spent together at CCTI.
“This class is like a tree, the branches grow in all directions, but no matter how far they grow, we are still connected to our roots,” she said.
Principal Brent Borzak, like Weaver, told the class that their hard work will be the key to their success in the future.
Borzak said the big secret to success is that there is no secret.
“The only proven and true practices are hard work, a commitment to excellence in everything you do, and a continuation of that throughout your years,” he said.
Tiana Montesrin is waiting to take the stage to receive her diploma at the Carbon Career & Technical launch ceremony on Friday morning. NEWS FROM CHRIS REBER / TIMES
Class of Officer 2021, from left to right, Kayla Nothstein, President; Madison Santos, secretary; Alexandria Harris vice-president; and Treasurer Tabitha Hardy applaud the class of 2021 after moving their tassels to celebrate graduation.
CCTI Culinary Arts students, left to right, Aiden Marzen, Angela Lewis, Cecelia Leskowsky and Brianna Hanes watch from under their decorated caps. See more photos on tnonline.com CHRIS REBER / TIMES NEWS