On Thursday, May 14, the 21st Century Charter School @ Gary and GEO Foundation community came together to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating Class of 2015 – where EVERY student will graduate from high school, and EVERY student will go on to college or the US Army!

The middle school and high school student body gathered on the bleachers of the 21c secondary school gym to celebrate the Class of 2015 with a pep rally and pledge-signing ceremony. The high school band, directed by Music Teacher Olympia Johnson, played several rousing numbers, including their version of the pop hit “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea, as the crowd danced and sang along. Then, the 21c dance team, decked in one-shoulder sequined blazers, performed a choreographed number. The Class of 2015 walked down a runway to thumping music before the crowd, flanked by smoke from a smoke machine, revealing beneath their graduation gowns a shirt bearing the emblem of the college they would attend in the Fall. The cheers were deafening, and every face in the atrium bore a smile. After their procession, each senior sat at a place before the crowd, and signed a pledge, asking each senior to vow to work to the utmost of their abilities in college. Senior Shauntia Wilson performed an original rap, before all students and staff enjoyed a celebratory treat – cake and punch!


Devan Thomas, Ariel Craft, and Jeremiah Cross of the Class of 2015 earn special recognition this year – Devan and Ariel will graduate with both a high school diploma and Associate’s degree in hand, and Jeremiah with both a high school diploma and technical certificate. These scholars’ achievements are made possible through 21c’s innovative dual college enrollment program in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, which allows all 21c high schoolers to take college classes on-site at the Ivy Tech Community College campus during regular school days. These college classes are completely free of charge to 21c students! It is a graduation requirement for every 21c Cougar to take at least one college class during their high school career, and in the 2015-2016 academic year, 21c will furnish this program even further by offering an innovative early college track program. Great things are happening at 21c – and we cannot wait to see the great things the Class of 2015 will continue to accomplish!

View the College Pledge all 21st Century Charter School Seniors Signed

The Graduating Class of 2015

21st Century Charter School at Gary

Awards, Honors, and Recognitions

Valedictorian

Devan Thomas

Salutatorian

Calvin Kennedy

La’Tonya Williams Award

Marquise Crumbie

Ivy Tech Graduates

Ariel Craft

Devan Thomas

Jamiah Cross

The Graduating Class of 2015

Mianna Alexander, Gary IN – Penn State University

Jontrell Alexander, Gary IN – Ball State University

Anthony Benion, Lynwood IL – Jackson State University

Chanton Booker, Gary IN – Jackson State University

Josigha Coleman, Gary IN – Jackson State University

Ariel Craft, Gary IN – University of Northern Iowa

Jamiah Cross, Gary IN – University of Northern Iowa

Marquis Crumbie, Gary IN – University of Advancing Technology

Amberchante Cutnoe, Gary IN – Jackson State University

Danielle Dailey, Merrillville IN – Indiana University Northwest

Deneva Downer, Gary IN – Indiana University Northwest

James Edwards, Gary IN – Central State University

Crystal Eldridge, Gary IN – University of Northern Iowa

Antoinette Flournoy, Portage IN – Dillard University

Joseph Harris, Gary IN – United States Army

Jalisa Howard, Gary IN – Jackson State University

Calvin Kennedy, Gary IN – Indiana University, Purdue University, Fort Wayne

Kenisha Lewis, Merrillville IN – Indiana State University

Roshunta’ Meekins, Gary IN – Indiana State University

Zaniquia Patterson, Gary IN – United States Army

Dominique Pink, Gary IN – Tiffin University

India Rosell, Gary IN – Regency Beauty Institute

Floyd Smith, Gary IN – Morehouse College

Mya Smith, Gary IN – Jackson State University

Tiera Steele, Gary IN – Jackson State University

Devan Thomas, Gary IN – Purdue University Calumet

Kahila Tolbert, Gary IN – Ivy Tech Community College

Shauntia Walton, Gary IN – Alabama State University

DeVantaye Washington, Gary IN – Indiana State University

Ashane Williams, Gary IN – Indiana University, Purdue University, Fort Wayne

Lacist Wortham, Gary IN – Jackson State University