DHMC honors largest graduating class in school’s history

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Dearborn Heights Montessori Center’s eighth-grade graduates are: Joseph Hermann (left), Angela Dunn, Emily Jason, Cara Hodgins, Aliyah Moline-Freeman, Amber Stockinger, Danielle Makki, Lauren Davidson, Michael Nunu, Monica Iyer, Samuel Clifford, Ryan Kobel, Zane Hammoud, Evan Kernosek, Patrick Byrne, David Vanzant, Arianna Afonso, Reem Rizk, Jack Eades, Luma Qashou, Lillian Wagner, Sonali Mohanty and Abigail Mills.

HEIGHTS – Twenty-three graduates of the Dearborn Heights Montessori Center Middle School program recently were honored during a formal ceremony to recognize their achievements.

The 2014 graduating class is the largest in the school’s history.

DHMC’s middle school program includes a variety of service activities in the classroom and in the community. At the graduation ceremony, each student received recognition for participation in service activities.

Opportunities for service include peer mediation, reading to younger students, assisting with office projects, visiting senior citizens, operating the school’s hot lunch and recycling programs, and collecting donations of food and clothing to benefit those in need in local communities.

DHMC also sets a standard for students to serve as role models for younger children and demonstrate generosity of spirit, responsibility for others, teamwork, leadership, dependability, courtesy, and grace under pressure — building the foundation for a life of good citizenship.

This year’s graduates were: Samuel Clifford, Abigail Mills and Lillian Wagner of Dearborn; Arianna Afonso, Zane Hammoud, Danielle Makki, Michael Nunu and Reem Rizk of Dearborn Heights; Jack Eades of Allen Park; Angela Dunn and Emily Jason of Taylor; Joseph Hermann, Aliyah Moline-Freeman, Monica Iyer, Sonali Mohanty and Amber Stockinger of Canton Township; David Vanzant of Detroit; Lauren Davidson, Cara Hodgins and Ryan Kobel of Livonia; Luma Qashou of Northville; and Patrick Byrne and Evan Kernosek of Plymouth.

“We are extremely proud of our graduates and dedicated teachers,’ DHMC founder Kay Neff said. “Because of the strong foundation students receive in academics, the arts, and community service, they are well received by the leading area high schools. Each of our graduates attends the high school of his or her choice.”

Graduates of this year’s middle school program will attend high schools throughout metropolitan Detroit including Dearborn, Dearborn Divine Child, Riverview Gabriel Richard, University of Detroit Jesuit, Novi Detroit Catholic Central, Farmington Hills Mercy, Plymouth Salem and Canton, Livonia Stevenson, and Henry Ford Early College and Meadow Montessori.