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"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable."
-- Helen Keller (and the Twinsburg High School Class of 2017 motto)
TWINSBURG -- More than 300 Twinsburg High School students ended this school year with diplomas in hand, ready to take the next step in their lives.
The Tigers crossed the stage at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall stage May 23 as newly minted high school graduates.
"I am very proud of our class of 2017," said Twinsburg School District Superintendent Kathryn Powers. "Our graduates are prepared for the next step in this journey we call life, and ready to take on the task of being positive change agents as they themselves recognize the great experiences they have had in living, learning and working together in a richly diverse school community."
Twinsburg High School Principal Louise Teringo said that this class has many fine qualities that will serve them well.
"I wish them all the best," Teringo said. "They are a great group of students -- goal oriented, good role models, a sense of humor and community-service oriented."
Twinsburg Board of Education President Mark Curtis also wished the new graduates good fortune.
"I wish our graduates the best of luck," Curtis said. "As they have walked across the stage and depart Twinsburg City Schools, they are now equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in whatever they choose to pursue next."
The next step for many of these students will be college: the 2017 graduating class earned about $8.95 million in scholarships and funding for their secondary education.
The class color for the 2017 graduates was Carolina Blue, and the class flower was the white rose, reflecting the school's official colors.
The 2017 class motto was inspired by author and activist Helen Keller: "Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable."
Powers said she felt "their years as students in our school district have prepared them for what lies ahead."
"Our graduates have learned important life skills about the need to recognize and to celebrate the differences in each other and to have empathy for others who may be different than they are in appearance, ability, socio-economic status and/or religious beliefs," Powers said. "They have learned the importance of resolving differences in amicable ways and the importance of collaboration, communication and camaraderie."