August 20, 2019

Bay-Arenac Special Education celebrates graduation of three students

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STANDISH TWP. — Family, friends and fellow students gathered at the Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District Special Education facility Thursday, May 30, to celebrate the graduation of students Haley Ferns, Mitchell Sheneman and Kuriel Wendling.

The ceremony featured a keynote speech from Director of Special Education Rebecca Smith reflecting on the achievements of the students, and a slideshow of childhood pictures of the students. It concluded with the presentation of certificates of completion to the graduates.

It also included speeches from Ferns’ teacher Kalee Mielke and Sheneman and Wendling’s teacher Jenille Kent.

Mielke reflected on Ferns’ growth as a person in many aspects of life and said she would be missed in the classroom for her personality.

“When I first met Haley, she untied my shoes as a funny interaction and a way to say ‘Hi,’ which captures her sense of humor,” Mielke said during her speech. “Haley’s laugh is contagious along with her calmness, and she is inspiring to our class. Yes, she may untie your shoelaces or try to borrow your glasses, but she is kind, a joy to know and will be missed by all.”

During Kent’s speech, she commended Wendling for her unwavering positive personality and her smile that can brighten any room.

“Not only have you grown as an individual, but you helped me grow as an educator as well,” Kent said. “There’s a lot more to Kuriel than you see. Kuriel’s free spirit, sense of style, caring heart and fun personality was contagious and enlightened our classroom every day. And how can we forget her passion for watching for cute boys out our classroom window?”

When reflecting on her time spent with Sheneman, Kent said she will miss his altruistic nature and desire to help anyone who needs it.

“You have definitely come a long way in the last five years I have known you,” Kent said. “You have matured immensely, improved in daily behaviors, problem-solving skills and making better choices. You are one of the hardest-working and motivated students that I have had. My wish is that you continue to keep that drive.”STANDISH TWP. — Family, friends and fellow students gathered at the Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District Special Education facility Thursday, May 30, to celebrate the graduation of students Haley Ferns, Mitchell Sheneman and Kuriel Wendling.

The ceremony featured a keynote speech from Director of Special Education Rebecca Smith reflecting on the achievements of the students, and a slideshow of childhood pictures of the students. It concluded with the presentation of certificates of completion to the graduates.

It also included speeches from Ferns’ teacher Kalee Mielke and Sheneman and Wendling’s teacher Jenille Kent.

Mielke reflected on Ferns’ growth as a person in many aspects of life and said she would be missed in the classroom for her personality.

“When I first met Haley, she untied my shoes as a funny interaction and a way to say ‘Hi,’ which captures her sense of humor,” Mielke said during her speech. “Haley’s laugh is contagious along with her calmness, and she is inspiring to our class. Yes, she may untie your shoelaces or try to borrow your glasses, but she is kind, a joy to know and will be missed by all.”

During Kent’s speech, she commended Wendling for her unwavering positive personality and her smile that can brighten any room.

“Not only have you grown as an individual, but you helped me grow as an educator as well,” Kent said. “There’s a lot more to Kuriel than you see. Kuriel’s free spirit, sense of style, caring heart and fun personality was contagious and enlightened our classroom every day. And how can we forget her passion for watching for cute boys out our classroom window?”

When reflecting on her time spent with Sheneman, Kent said she will miss his altruistic nature and desire to help anyone who needs it.

“You have definitely come a long way in the last five years I have known you,” Kent said. “You have matured immensely, improved in daily behaviors, problem-solving skills and making better choices. You are one of the hardest-working and motivated students that I have had. My wish is that you continue to keep that drive.”

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