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‘End of an era’



Published: Sat, June 2, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.

By DENISE DICK

denise_dick@vindy.com

Youngstown

Jayme Easton plans to be a lawyer. Emmett Conner intends to be a doctor, and Everett Jackson hopes to one day open a wildcat sanctuary.

They are among the 72 graduates in the Chaney Campus Class of 2012 who received their high-school diplomas Friday during commence-ment at the school.

Jackson plans to study pre-veterinary medicine this fall at Malone University in Canton. He was in the biotechnology program at Choffin Career and Technical Center.

“I just feel like I’ve achieved so much,” he said.

Conner will study pre-med at Youngstown State University in the fall.

“I’m just excited and really happy,” Conner said. “I’m ready for the next chapter in my life.”

Easton will major in business and pre-law next year at YSU and says she, too, is excited about the future.

The class’s motto is “The end of an era, the beginning of a legacy.”

“We’re the last class to be at the school from our freshman to senior year,” Easton explained.

Chaney became a Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics and Visual and Performing Arts school this year, but students who were seniors this year had the option of finishing their high school careers at the school.

Lauren Kowal, class valedictorian, believes the Class of 2012 is a special class.

“They saved the best for last,” she said. “This class is filled with so much potential.”

Janae Ward, class president, said that while the class has accomplished a lot, they “have much more to achieve.”

Michael Ray, a 1995 Chaney graduate and the Fourth Ward city councilman, expressed similar sentiments as he delivered the commencement address.

“You control your destiny,” he said, urging students to be active either on their college campus or in their community.

CHANEY CAMPUS

Number of graduates: 72

Valedictorian: Lauren N. Kowal

Salutatorian: Brandon G. Egolf

Class officers: Janae Ward, president; Beverly Hecka-thorn, vice president; Chelsea Gregory, secretary; and

Tianna Shannon, treasurer.

Class motto: “The end of an era, the beginning of a legacy.”


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1Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Of all the pictures they could have shown of the graduation, they show some fool giving a gang sign. smh

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2misslady(20 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Idiots!!!! instead of downing the poor kid at least he was one of the 72 kids that made it... People like you sickness me and have nothing better to do but sit on vindy.com talking crap... yes the picture may not look right in your eyes but this young black man still managed to get stay in school and get his diploma.

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3redeye1(4560 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Misslady You are right. At least now the gang has a high school graduate leading them. LOL

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4misslady(20 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Allstar720 I agree with you high isnt easy at all and now with the ogt test it's even harder for the youth the test now is when this young one's go off to college @ redeye1 kids show off and do things for attention what's sad to me was the other have of the kids that didnt make as something as little as the ogt or dropping out..

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5marlowe16(1 comment)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I AM VERY PROUD OF MY LIL SISTER JAMYE EASTON FOR GRADUATING FROM CHANEY. AND HER COMMENTS SHE MADE TO THE REPORTER. AND FOR SOME PEOPLE JUST TO PICK OUT THE NEGATIVE THINGS IS JUST SOO SMALL MINDED. THE KIDS DID SOMETHING POSITIVE THEY GRADUATED..GREAT JOB KIDS..WELL DONE

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6city_dweller(194 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Every other graduation story that has been published has been full of comments congratulating the graduates on their achievement, but the story about a Youngstown school is followed by comments already condemning these students before the ink is dry on their diploma. That kind of prejudice is indefensible, and if these kids come up against discrimination in their lives, it's because people like those on this board judge them based on where they went to school or the color of their skin instead of on their achievement and potential. And THAT"S what's wrong with this city and this country.

CONGRATULATIONS Chaney Class of 2012! You worked hard, and you earned your day on the front-page.

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7misslady(20 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Well said city_dweller and Not_ Gilligans_Ginger they must not have got passed the first page because the mahoning county school graduated with 38 kids I dont care how many is in a class to graduate or whats on the page of the cover there is another child that has completed school and is willing to move on to the next chapter of there lifes what ever that may be.. so yes congratulations chaney class of 2012 and all the 2012 students that worked hard to get to were their at!!!!

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8danikytn(248 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Uh, ya, thats not high 5, thats definitely a gang sign...Typical Youngstown hoodlum behavior.

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9jonnyquest(20 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Chaney is NOT a messed up school. True, the past few years were rough, but not this year. Chaney's 2012 senior class only had 78 seniors total. This year Chaney became a STEM/VPA school. For those of you on this board who don't know what that means, you can google it. Kids from 6th through 12th grade had to interview or audition to come to Chaney this year. The seniors were given the option of graduating from East, or Chaney. 78 seniors stayed. 6 seniors didn't pass all 5 parts of the OGT. That's a 92% graduation rate. I doubt that many on this board could pass all 5 parts of the OGT. I have a masters degree and I'd have trouble with Math and Science!

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