By Denise Dick
East High School graduates Davonte St. Thomas and Yamilet Alvarez will miss their friends and the school staff next year, but they have big plans for the future.
Yamilet is going to study accounting at Youngstown State University with plans to work at a bank, a business or maybe for herself.
Davonte hasn’t decided where he’ll go, but he wants to further his education.
He says he’ll miss the staff at East most.
“Miss S [Holly Seimetz] — she’s the principal,” Davonte said. “She’s alright.”
“She’s tough, but she’s nice,” Yamilet added.
Trechell Dallas plans to study at Columbus State Community College to become a registered nurse.
Jaylan Marrow wants to pursue a career in business and is still weighing his options.
Tiffany Green and Seannyce McRae also plan to pursue college degrees.
Tiffany hasn’t yet picked a college. Seannyce will study early children education at YSU.
“It was a long road,” Tiffany said. “If anyone deserves to be here it’s me.”
She struggled with school and sometimes thought she wouldn’t graduate.
“Our teachers kept us going and really looked out for us,” Tiffany said.
Davonte, Yamilet, Trechell, Jaylan, Tiffany and Seannyce are among the 169 members of the East High School Class of 2013 who received their diplomas Thursday during the commencement ceremony at Stambaugh Auditorium.
Deontay Scott, the class salutatorian, urged his classmates to find what makes them happy and to put their hearts into it.
“You are the writer of your life; write something unforgettable,” he said.
Valedictorian Shannon Sharp told the room of graduates to use comments made by people who said they couldn’t do something and use them to succeed.
Seimetz said many members of the class overcame struggles in their lives to be able to graduate.
There are no secrets or shortcuts to success, she said. It’s about hard work, loyalty and “most of all, persistence,” Seimetz said.