Throughout the county students are crossing the stage and into a new chapter in their lives and Carroll County Times is there to bring you all the great moments of local graduations, commencements, and more.
Silver Oak Academy is a private, residential all-boys facility contracted by the state for youth who have been in trouble with the law. There were 14 graduates — 13 of which walked — at Thursday's ceremony.
Four years ago, when Rene Barrera came from Mexico to a farm north of Westminster, he didn’t speak a word of English. “At first it was hard,” Barrera, a June 9 Winters Mill High School graduate, said. “I lived in Mexico for my entire life.”
Caprina Smith, 17, completed two AP art portfolios in her senior year at Liberty High School: one for drawing and one for two-dimensional digital art. "Sometimes we just know. ...You get this student and you run over to the other art teacher and go, ‘Look at this!’ She was that student."
Amber Legore, 17, has been interning at the Eldersburg Veterinary Hospital since late January and her dreams of becoming a veterinarian out west were becoming more clear as she prepared for her Thursday, June 7, graduation from South Carroll High School.
Folderauer has been in 10 of the 12 shows the high school has put on during his time there, including the musical “Catch me if you Can” this spring, an experience that took acting from something he had dabbled with as a hobby to something he’s now considering as a career.
Graduating Francis Scott Key High School Senior Jessica Tanzey has always been a people person, so it’s no wonder it’s the people of FSK, students and staff, she says she will miss the most after graduation.
Erin Delph, who will graduate with the Carroll Christian Schools Class of 2018 on Friday night, has a unique goal for her next step at Carroll County Community College. “I’m hoping that by the end of my two years that I’ll know everyone,” she said.
Two students of Carroll Springs School in Westminster took the stage Thursday evening to celebrate their graduation. Family, teachers and administrators joined Kyle Taylor and Benjamin Mulrenin in a ceremony at Carroll Community College’s Scott Center.
In the past year, Summer McElroy’s life has changed dramatically. Over the last 12 months, she’s gotten a second chance, and will receive both her certificate of completion at Gateway High School and a Carroll County Public Schools diploma.
Savannah Dawson, who grew up on her family’s farm north of Westminster, said she’s the first in her family to have gone to college. McDaniel was never on her radar, but she and her mom were looking at schools and decided to give the college a chance. She fell in love and said, "this is home."
May 19 McDaniel College graduate Agut Odolla plans to work with refugees and immigrants, something she always wanted to do, having been one herself. Her personal experience, she said, gives her something to offer others.
Marquise Findley-Smith was brought up in a single-family household with his older brother and mother. He credit’s his mom’s sacrifices in life to make sure he stayed on the right path, and in the right school system.