Must-read Class of 2011 stories


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Graduation season has kicked off for The Vindicator, and today's paper continues a series a great profiles on the Class of 2011.

In today's Vindy, graduates from 12 schools are listed on pages A6 and A7. This listing will continue all week as we move in alphabetical order through the schools. Monday starts with Alliance through Canfield.

If you go to our photo galleries page here, you can check out photo galleries from this weekend's graduations at Hubbard, Ursuline Fitch, Mooney and Boardman schools.

Not to be too lost in our coverage are some great features last week leading in to graduations. We went to find some amazing tales in Valley schools, and here' what we found that you can still read:

• The tales of Cametreus Clardy and Miya Merchant are phenomenal. They are members of the Class of 2011 despite obstacles that would have crippled many other kids. Read here.

• Canfield High School' 282 graduates include 10 sets of twins and one set of triplets. Read here.

• Kaitlyn Cook was born premature, and doctors said there was a 98 percent chance she wouldn't survive.

'They said I'd be mentally retarded,' said Kaitlyn, 17.

And Alex Mickler's mother was diagnosed with cancer when he was in sixth grade. She encouraged him through school until losing her battle with the disease last February. Despite their challenges, Kaitlyn and Alex are both members of the Chaney High School Class of 2011. Read here.

• And this story out of Poland is one to cherish: Fred Seitz, 18, used sign language to thank the Poland board of education. Afflicted with Goldenhar syndrome and deaf since age 3, and with a support system that never allowed Fred to feel sorry for himself or for others to do the same, he graduates this year with a 3.9 GPA. Read here.

Commencements slow down over the next few days, with Warren Harding and Campbell on our coverage list. It then picks up again for us next weekend with Canfield, South Range, Girard, Lowellville, Poland and more.

If you want to stay up on the best Class of 2011 news, stay with The Vindy.

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