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Hundreds gather to celebrate milestone for special needs students

Hundreds gather to celebrate milestone for special needs students

June 6, 2019

Jackson, Mich. – Another group of young adults with special needs are marking a huge milestone in their lives. 

Twenty-one students from The Lyle Torrant and Kit Young Centers graduated on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 during a special celebration at First Church of the Nazarene (JaxNaz). More than 400 teachers, administrators, board members, friends and family attended the festivities, which included a dinner, graduation ceremony and prom.

The graduates of the Class of 2019 included: Michael Castle, Stephanie Coleman, Michelle Gage, Brooke Gingras, Brandon Grajek, Will Hodges, Allyson Ide, Precious Johnson, Katelyn Kline, Michael Knauf, Tiffany Knauf, Onaysha Knight, Andrew Linabury, Darius Mackey, Alice Markle, Kevin McMurtie, Jessika Pittman, Anthony (Caleb) Hobbs, Megan Knauf, Dillon Stewart and Danielle Trumble.

Michael Castle, Michelle Gage, Allyson Ide and Precious Johnson were among a group of seven interns who also received a certificate of completion from the Project SEARCH Program, a partnership between the JCISD and Consumers Energy. A separate ceremony honoring those interns was held on May 31 at Consumers Energy on Parnell Road.

Opening remarks and introductions during Tuesday’s graduation ceremony were given by JCISD Board of Education Vice President Douglas Schedeler, Torrant and Kit Young Centers Principal Amy Rogers and Kit Young Center Young Adult Program (YAP) Supervisor Melissa Weaver. JCISD Superintendent Kevin Oxley presented each graduate with a certificate of completion, while Assistant Superintendent and Director of Special Education Maureen Keene, and JCISD board members Erin Slater, Robert Inman and Douglas Schedeler congratulated students as they walked across the stage.

A special thank you to Compassionate Ministries of Jackson County for sponsoring the 2019 Graduation and Prom. The JCISD is also grateful for the accommodations made by the Jackson First Church of the Nazarene.

Torrant and Kit Young Graduation

Torrant and Kit Young Graduation

Torrant and Kit Young Graduation

Torrant and Kit Young Graduation

Torrant and Kit Young Graduation

Torrant and Kit Young Graduation

Torrant and Kit Young Graduation

Torrant and Kit Young Graduation

Torrant and Kit Young Graduation

Torrant and Kit Young Graduation

Torrant and Kit Young Graduation

Torrant and Kit Young Graduation

 

 

 

 

Kaci Babineau
kaci.babineau@jcisd.org
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