On behalf of the Columbia School District Board of Education, staff members and teachers congratulations to the Class of 2013. Our graduates leave high school and our adult education program with many memories from their years of schooling. Many graduating seniors are headed off to college armed with an excellent education. They have a whole community of people cheering them on to success.
Many of our graduates have received scholarships from universities located all over the country. Our students’ academic abilities that have precipitated the awards are the result of excellent learning opportunities provided by their teachers and staff of Columbia School District.
As the Class of 2013 approached graduation many students commented on their opportunity to participate in leadership activities like the student blood drives, service learning activities and Communication Camp. They reminisced about their experience in AP English and the fun they had discovering DNA during their Biology class. Others talked about their opportunity to participate in vocationally focused classes through the Jackson Area Career Center. Still other students fondly discussed their trip to France and the accidental bonus day in Germany. A future writer said that he was well prepared for college and another student said she appreciated being able to take mathematics up through Calculus.
A future scientist mentioned his opportunity to take AP Chemistry and about how he feels well prepared for college. One student commented on how pleased she was to have had an opportunity to participate in the Band and the musicals. Another student described his satisfaction at being able to enhance his creativity through his experience in art class. One thing many students mentioned was how proud they are of earning their high school diploma from Columbia and how much they have appreciated their teachers and staff members.
Over the years the families and the teachers of our hard working graduates have labored in partnership to sculpt our students into the fine young men and women they are today. Our graduating seniors have been a terrific group of students. They have laughed together and cried together. Best wishes to our graduating seniors for a successful future! Congratulations to the Columbia Central High School, Columbia Options High School and Columbia Adult Education Class of 2013!