Additionally, new members of the Bulls For Life Wall of Fame were introduced.
The proud students of the Glen Mills Schools Class of 2017 were recognized at the Educational Awards Ceremony on June 22nd in front of an approving audience consisting of the student body, members of the Board of Managers, special guests, proud family members, and others. Additionally, several outstanding staff members were honored while new members of the Bulls For Life Club Wall of Fame were introduced.
Jim Chobany, the Director of Education at the Glen Mills Schools, was excited to recognize the Class of 2017.
“We’re gathered here for a special reason, to celebrate our students’ achievements,” Chobany told the audience.
Glen Mills Class of 2017 Valedictorian Semaj Robinson congratulated his classmates and wished them well in the future as they pursue their dreams. He also thanked the school for its unwavering support.
“Glen Mills presented me with many opportunities, including leadership opportunities, and I appreciate that,” Robinson said. “I’ve learned so much here at Glen Mills and am now ready to tackle new challenges.”
Robinson, who was the President of the Bulls Club, will continue his education this fall at East Stroudsburg University.
Glen Mills alums Gary Gilchrest and Pat Lee spoke passionately about their different paths to success and how they are grateful for their Glen Mills opportunities. Gilchrest earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Master’s Degree in Instructional Technologies from Bloomsburg University. He is currently a Project Manager with the Department of Corrections and a player mentor to the Bloomsburg University football team. He offered great advice to the Class of 2017.
“You need to be focused on what you want to achieve,” Gilchrest told a large group of students.
Lee, meanwhile, is an attorney and manages Pasquel Lee and Associates PLLC, his own firm. He studied at Dallas Community College, East Texas State University, Ohio State University College of Law, and Mercer University’s National Criminal Defense College.
“Earning my GED here was the start of everything for me,” Lee said. “The people at Glen Mills will not give up on you but you need initiative on your own as well.”
Students were recognized in a wide variety of areas, including their academic and Career and Technical Education classrooms. Meanwhile, outstanding staff members Jack Scargall, Joe Nolfi, Rich Blue, Adam Wenger, Frank DeMedio, Liam Power, and Deshantelle Rogers were also honored for their contributions to student achievement at the Glen Mills Schools and received various Teacher of the Year awards. Additionally, members of the Bulls For Life Club, a unique alumni group consisting of successful former Glen Mills students, were in attendance to support the Class of 2017.
Dr. Randy Ireson, the Executive Director of the Glen Mills Schools, closed the ceremony by congratulating the award recipients as they move onto their next challenge.
PHOTO: Class of 2017 Valedictorian Semaj Robinson.