December 17, 2014

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New Lorain High graduates first class

Lorain High School graduates march to their seats to “Pomp and Circumstance” on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Lorain High School graduates march to their seats to “Pomp and Circumstance” on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Four years after the merger of Admiral King and Southview high schools, the first class that spent all its years at Lorain High School graduated Tuesday.

Graduates reflected on their unity despite the disruption of moving to a different building in 2012 to accommodate construction of a new Lorain High School. Valedictorian Chelsea Greenfield said high school taught her things she couldn’t learn in a textbook.

“Lorain High taught me how to be tolerant, patient and humble,” Greenfield said. “We moved from building to building, but one thing never changed. The Class of 2014, the first class of all Titans, always had each other, and I believe we still do.”

Greenfield saluted her teachers, whom she said went above and beyond on a regular basis.

“They are idols, mentors and sometimes even guardians for the students who need it most,” said Greenfield, who is planning to major in political science and law at American University in Washington, D.C.

Like Greenfield, classmate Hiatt Hernon said life lessons learned were an important part of his high school experience.

“In 2010, we still liked LeBron James,” joked Hernon, a high school sports broadcaster planning to major in media arts at Ohio University.

The class includes 50 students who earned associate degrees in addition to high school diplomas. Three earned two associate degrees.

“Not only did we pass, but we passed with flying colors,” Hernon said.

Olivia Williams, senior class representative, challenged classmates to strive for greatness.

“Do not let the sound of other people’s opinions overcome your own decisions,” said Williams, who is planning to major in marketing at Kent State University. “Go out there and make it happen. Because if you believe in yourself, it will happen.”

The graduation was the last for Principal Diane Conibear, who took over in 2008. Conibear is becoming director of pupil personnel at Polaris Career Center, a Middleburg Heights-based adult education and high school vocational school.

Conibear asked graduates to be positive, unselfish and not limit their expectations.

“Always challenge yourself to learn more and achieve more,” she said.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.

Lorain High Class of 2014

Lorain High School’s Class of 2014 has 341 graduates, with an additional 48 graduating from the alternative schools.

  • 61 percent of graduates plan to attend a college or vocational school.
  • 8 percent enlisted in the military.
  • 5 percent plan to enter the workplace.
  • 24 percent are undecided.
  • 14 percent earned an associate degree in addition to a high school diploma.
  • $3.6 million anticipated acceptance of scholarship money.

SOURCE: Lorain Schools