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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cultivating the Dream and Vision of The Ginn Academy, The Class of 2013

Welcome to the last post of the 2012-13 school year! Our love and congratulations go to every one of the 57 young men who recently graduated from Ginn Academy, which boasts the highest graduation rate for African American males in the state of Ohio -- and possibly beyond. We are so very proud to share some statistics about this Class of 2013:

90% graduation rate (95% average in the past four years)
$2.1 million in scholarships
56% graduating with high honors
21 full scholarships
98% attending 2-year/4-year colleges or the military

Look at these boys -- their faces, their eyes, their smiles. Here are 57 young men who are about to enter the world and start their lives. We have given them every bit of support possible, and they are ready to take it from here. Good luck to each and every one of you, Ginn Men! May your scholarship, leadership, and service be always with you.

This first group of photos is from Senior Honor Day, held a week before graduation. The second group is from graduation rehearsal, a week later. I was very unhappy about being out of town and missing a GA graduation for the first time ever, and I apologize for not having graduation ceremony photos to share with all of you. Instead, here are the boys in their festive and solemn last days of high school.


The indispensible Ms. T (Thornton) with two of our graduating seniors:

Curtis Henry, GA senior, talking with Mr. Nicholas Petty, our principal while Coach Ginn (second from right) and Coach Matt Chinchar, college advisor, discuss upcoming events:

These students and three more, took classes through Operator Training Committee of Ohio in the spring and received certificates of GPS Utility Mapping along with three college credits, which will take them forward into careers in water and waste water environmental science. They are pictured here with OCTO instructor, Ann Giha:

Seven of the Ginn Academy class of 2013 Top 10:

One of our top 10 students, Banji, was in the hospital at the time of Senior Honor Day, so his mother proudly accepted many awards for him:

Mrs. Jeanette Ginn, with Andre Gaddis, winner of the Ted Ginn, Jr. Winning Against All Odds award:

Youth support staff member of the year, Mr. Eley, talking about seeing the struggles that our young men face and how badly he wants to see them make it:

Four of our seniors with art teacher, Judy Rickel:

Here begin the photos of our graduation rehearsal, held at Tri-C Metro campus downtown.

The Class of 2013 Salutatorian, Curtis Henry, with his speech:

Darrell Benjamin, Ginn Academy's 2013 Valedictorian, above left and part of his graduation speech, below:



As Principal Petty said at graduation, in addition to all of the Class of 2013's excellent stats, all of these young men are ready to compete, collaborate, persuade, and innovate at the highest level for years to come.

Let's see what you can do, Class of 2013!

Love from everyone at GA...