PIQUA — Thirteen students from the Upper Valley Career Center Aspire program (formerly known as ABLE) turned the dream of graduating into a reality on June 3. The annual event was attended by Upper Valley Career Center and Aspire staff members, family, friends, and guest speaker Gabrielle Enright, Channel 7 news reporter.
Sarah Thomason, Aspire Program director, welcomed those in attendance and commended the graduates for their strong self-discipline and perseverance in achieving this milestone accomplishment.
Enright, congratulated the graduates on their achievement and offered words of inspiration. “I know how hard you have worked to get here today and I am so proud of each of you,” she said.
Enright went on to challenge the graduates to turn this achievement into the start of a pathway to lifelong success. “This is just the beginning, keep setting goals for yourself and no matter where you end up you will have a story to share about your journey,” she said.
Dr. Nancy Luce, Upper Valley Career Center superintendent and Scott Naill, Upper Valley Career Center Adult Division director, awarded the diplomas.
Local 2016 ABLE graduates include: Covington — Kathlena Riedel; Piqua — Chaniqua Pannell; Troy — Chelsea McCormick, Kelli McCoy, and Lindsey Staton.