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Spring '24 Avon Academy Graduates

Spring '24 Avon Academy Graduates

On Wednesday evening, 46 students walked across the stage and received their diplomas from a smiling Simon Youth Academy at Avon Coordinator Kellie Rodkey. They joined the 12 students who graduated in December as the first class of Avon Academy graduates. The crowded Commencement marked the end of an incredible first school year for the Academy, which opened its doors in July 2023.

The Commencement ceremony was memorable for many reasons — students celebrated achievements, scholarships were awarded, Simon Youth Foundation COO Le-Angela Thompson-Burgess and Avon Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Wyndham encouraged the graduates, and friends and families cheered — but Mrs. Rodkey's words to the graduates were the highlight:

In my 30 years as an educator I have not been prouder of a group of kids. ... [They are] some of the most persistent, resilient, empathetic, and loving young adults in our district. They inspire me each day to be a better person. ... [Students,] I am positive that armed with your diploma and a path for your future, you will not let anyone or anything get in the way of your dreams. And if they try to, come find me. You know I will always have your back. It is my pleasure to have been a part of your journey. Each of you will forever hold a place in my heart. I wish you continued success.

Congratulations, graduates! You are an inspiration to your community.


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