30 Students Graduate from TRMC

30 Students Graduate from TRMC

On June 19, 30 graduates of the Three Rivers Middle College (TRMC) Class of 2018 were honored for their success and encouraged to find their own Wolfpack.

Family members and friends cheered as the graduating class accepted their diplomas at Commencement held at Three Rivers Middle College, which hosts the LEARN magnet high school. Many of the students earned significant college credits concurrently with their high school degrees, which will be transferable as the head to high education.

 “You challenged yourself everyday by taking rigorous TRMC and TRCC courses,” said Brad Columbus, TRMC principal. “You spent countless hours reading, solving problems, writing essays, thinking critically. These core academic skills will allow you have the tools you need to be successful in any future path.”

The academic success of the Class of 2018 is impressive. The students collectively ended their time at TRMC with 13 students graduating as a National Honor Society members and seven students graduating as Court of Excellence members. Membership to the latter is awarded to students who have earned over 30 college credits, while maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or greater.

The school reached a milestone this year when it was nationally recognized as one of the top magnet schools in the nation by U.S. News and Report, which awarded the TRMC a Bronze Medal as one of the premiere schools in the region.

Columbus credited the graduates for their efforts in winning the medal. He lauded the students for their impressive SAT scores and improvement and for earning about 900 college credits collectively. Two students – Jaeden Spitale and Alexi Switz – even earned their Associate’s Degrees as Three Rivers graduates before receiving their high school diplomas.

“I came here expecting to save a year of college credits, and I ended up saving two years and graduating with an Associate’s degree,” said Spitale, a member of the Court of Excellence. He congratulated his classmates on their academic successes, saying “we looked the challenge in the face and said not only can we beat it, but we can rise above our wildest expectations.”

Spitale and Switz and both headed for UConn in the fall. Switz will be on a pre-med track and attributed her success to the TRMC students and educators.

“I could not have accomplished this without my classmates and the TRMC staffs constant support and help,” she said. “Whether it was in a college class or in the student lounge, you’ve all helped me get to where I am today.”

Graduate Abigail Ingalls said she also found a comfortable environment at TRMC that enabled her success, finding it to be the right school for her.

“When I realized that the faculty at this school truly wanted me to succeed and how easy it was to go up to any one of them and ask for advice, that’s when I realized I can be as ambitious as I want at this school and there will always be someone I can go to for help or advice,” Ingalls said.

Graduate Joseph Corbett was not only honored by TRMC, but by the Air Force ROTC as well. He earned a significant scholarship for his strong academic achievement and accepted into the competitive ROTC program, which he will pursue at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina.

TRMC’s mascot is the Wolfpack and Corbett encouraged his classmates to seek a new pack of support as they head off to college and new experiences.

“To the Wolfpack of 2018, we are the game changers, we are the river-shifters, we are a force to be reckoned with,” he said. “Today, be proud of what you have done, be proud for who you are, but most importantly, be proud to be a wolf.”

Story by Gabrielle Coburn

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