By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
STRATHMORE – There are moments in life which seem to last forever and then there are those that fly by. The latter was true for the Strathmore Class of 2018. The 63 students felt as if they had just begun their journey when it was time to receive their diplomas in front of friends and family last Wednesday night at Spartan Stadium. Even one teacher, Debra Clevenger, graduated into retirement and decided to walk with her last students.
“They had been telling me for weeks since I am retiring that I was graduating with them,” Clevenger said. “I was just really close with the class, so I thought it would be fun.”
To say Clevenger was close with the class is an understatement. She was co-advisor for the class and taught each one as they took her government and economy class. The teaching part was something she had done each of her 26 years at Strathmore. However, with this being her last she decided to take a step back and focus on enjoying her time. Even though her high school years as a student had still gone by quick she was still in awe of how fast her career had gone by.
“Twenty-six years teaching, that is quite an ordeal,” Clevenger said.
For the students it was relationships formed with teachers and faculty which made their time at Strathmore so enjoyable. Class Valedictorian Teresa Alcantar mentioned during her speech the connection between mentor and student allowed them to accomplish a great many things. One of them being winning championships on the various playing fields.