We are pleased to introduce our four 2023 high school graduates at the National Home!
First, we have Owen. Owen is a 2023 Eaton Rapids Greyhound Central Performance Academy Alternative Education Program graduate.
Owen has lived at the National Home for 4 years and has taken piano lessons, participated in work crew, and engaged in several National Home events and activities.
Owen is a very talented young man with a knack for music – besides playing piano, he also plays guitar.
Owen is a very kind and engaging young man who has been a great asset to the National Home community.
His family is very proud of his hard work and accomplishments. We look forward to more of his success in the future!
Next, we have Hailey. Hailey has lived at the National Home for three and a half years and has participated in many on-campus activities such as 4H and Work Crew. She said she is very thankful for all the opportunities the National Home has given her. These opportunities have helped build strength, character, tenacity, and a sense of responsibility. The National Home has been a safe and supportive place to focus, build, and achieve her goals.
Hailey graduated this year from Mason High School with honors. She dual enrolled at Lansing Community College (LCC) during her senior year of high school and made it on the Dean’s List for her outstanding GPA. She earned an academic letter and a certificate for Academic Achievement. She was also chosen to represent Mason High School at their strategic planning meeting. Hailey earned the Mason Promise Scholarship and a scholarship from the National Technical Honors Society (NTHS) for her commitment to service. She was inducted into the National Honors Society (NHS) and the National Technical Honors Society (NTHS). Hailey was a member of SLIC (Student Leaders Inspiring Change)
In addition to showing hogs with the National Home’s 4H program, Hailey also participated in the Mason FFA (Future Farmers of America). During her time with the Mason FFA, she served as a chapter officer, competed in vet science competitions, and showed hogs at the Ingham County Fair.
Hailey plans to attend Lansing Community College (LCC) to earn her associate’s degree in Applied Science and then most likely transfer to Michigan State University to attend medical school or earn her degree in agriculture, possibly both.
TyreeA is our third graduate. She and her family have been at the National Home for a year and a half. “We are so grateful for the opportunity to be on such a wonderful campus and all the great resources available to my family.”
TyreeA has been busy this year maintaining honor roll, participating in clubs and activities, serving as the student council treasurer, and being a Peer Leader for her school.
She will attend MSU in the fall, majoring in business with a minor in accounting.
Last but most certainly not least, we have Lucas.
Lucas is a 2023 graduate of Mason High School. He achieved academic success by receiving his academic letter and outstanding peer-to-peer support, among other academic accolades, throughout his high school career. Lucas was the captain of his Varsity Tennis Team, leading the team to District and Regional championships and competing on the State level.
He was actively recruited and accepted to every college he applied to and will be playing college tennis at Kalamazoo College.
Family, faith, and tennis are Lucas’ lifeblood. Lucas has a long history of sports and arts, having played football and basketball for many years and being a competitive dancer for 5 of these years. He is fascinated with history and the social sciences and plans to explore everything in college.
Lucas is spending his summer weeks teaching tennis to local youth for a local non-profit, working at a shoe store on weekends, and going to the beach every chance he gets. He has an unparalleled work ethic and is highly respected by adults and peers alike. He is a kindhearted and genuine human and has been noted for being accepting and inclusive of all people.
Lucas has a wonderful future ahead of him and will make a difference in this world, big or small.
Lucas wrote a poem for all 2023 high school Grads and shared it with staff and fellow residents at our Community Celebration event. You can read Lucas’s poem here.
We are so proud of all of our graduates. What an honor it is to be able to witness their hard work and determination paying off! They all have bright futures ahead of them!