FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - (06/01/17) - 675 Grand Blanc High School seniors, their families and the teachers who have taught many of them since kindergarten celebrated the start of their next chapter Thursday.
"This is only the beginning for us," said Kendrick Green.
He's one of nearly 400 students graduating with honors for holding a 3.5 GPA or higher throughout the past four years.
"The hard work is paying off. My classmates helping me, teachers supporting us and doing the best they can to help us is how we got these," he said. "I'm honored, I'm glad and I've learned a lot of lessons."
"When we were younger we were always like oh I want to do this I want to do this," added fellow senior Alanah Houston. "And now, I'm finally at that step where I can do that, I can go on to bigger things."
Houston says she's not only proud of her accomplishments throughout high school, but also of the person she's become because of them.
"It's taught me how to lead and follow, to be a good team member," he said. "I would say maybe freshman, sophomore year I was a little bit of a wallflower, but I've kind of blossomed out of that."
And together, the class of 2017 has taught new Superintendent Clarence Garner quite a bit.
"We had some interesting things to deal with this year and to me they really came together as a unified student body and they helped me as a first year superintendent," he explained.
Especially after the sudden loss of beloved teacher Charlie Carmody who was certainly not forgotten on their big night.
"They have nothing to fear, they have accomplished so much already in their lifetime and now is their moment to go for it," Superintendent Garner added.
Kendrick Green is one of 12 athletes who signed letters of intent. He'll play football with Siena Heights University.
Alana Houston is headed to Wayne State in the fall.