The 61 Oswego County students who graduated from the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation’s New Vision programs all seem to have bright futures ahead of them.
Every member of the graduating Allied Health, Law and Government and Specialized Careers classes is enrolled in a collegiate or higher education program for the fall. At the graduating ceremony, New Vision Law and Government student from Central Square Desteny Moore commented on her time spent at CiTi.
“As I stand on this stage here today, I can say that after completing my second year at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation and the New Vision Law and Government program, this is one of the best decisions I have made,” said Moore. “I am so incredibly honored to be here with my fellow classmates in attending this program.”
Moore will be attending Cayuga Community College this fall with a major in Criminal Justice Corrections. She told the audience that the things she learned her senior year from her classmates, her teacher (Dianna Nesbitt) and the mentors at her rotation sites will help her succeed in the future.
District Attorney Greg Oakes also congratulated the graduates at the ceremony. “It’s not enough to be smart or have ability,” said Oakes. “You can have all of the talent in the world, but without hard work, you won’t get far. You students are an elite group, because you have the talent and the drive.”
The New Vision programs at CiTi are designed for high school seniors interested in pursuing careers in healthcare, law, public safety, government, engineering, veterinary science and more. The experience combines strong academics with real-life experiences at a variety of community rotation sites. In addition, the students receive 12 SUNY Oswego credits for four college courses, saving them around three grand in tuition.
Two special awards were distributed to select students; the Eileen Ponto Scholarship was awarded to Kristen D’Angelo from the Hannibal Central School District. This award was established in 2010 by Eileen Ponto, a former New Vision Allied Health teacher, and it is given annually to an Allied Health student who has been accepted into a post-secondary health field program.
Four students received the Dr. David Stern Most Improved Award: Kalen Hyde and Alexa Ariola from Mexico Academy and Central School District, Leah Ruggaber from APW Central School District and Olivia Cacchione from Hannibal Central School District. Eligibility for this certificate is for students that demonstrated improvement in grades, skills, work ethic, attendance, attitude and integrity throughout the year.