.Lt......, ,-' J.J "-./ ...... ' - '' - ' Students overcome obstacles, join other Columbus grads • More than 130 students ing for the graduates to compl~te their higli the OGT they needed to in order to gradu school careers. It was the district's ISth an ate, didn't give up, receiving nual summer commencement. ' Twenty-four of the 133 students graduat Some 12'schools were represented in the ed through Ohio's Alternative Pathways high school diplomas ceremony. Graduates sported cap and gown provision. which allow some students to in every color from Northland green to graduate without passing the OGT. at summer graduation. Brookhaven blue and Beechcroft brown, Pathway requirements include a mini By KHALILA PERRIN creating a sea of color in the student sec mum GPA of 2.5, a 97 percent minimum at Suburban News Publications tion. tendance rate in each of the past four school Ofthe 133 students, 43 graduated as a re years and letters of recommendation. Re sult of passing all five parts of the Ohio quirements also stipulate that a student can - but Adream delayedAug. 22.not denied - un folded for-133 Columbus City Schools students Saturday, Graduation Test. Since the 2006-07 school year, seniors only have failed one portion of the test, and that portion by 10 points or less, to qualify. SNP rue photo Some of them danced and others J?roud have been required to pass all five parts of Though most graduated just a few Columbus Superintendent Gene Harris en ly strode across the Veterans Memonal au the tesf to graduate. It includes math, sci months behind schedule, district Superin couraged the district's summer graduates ditorium stage- as they received their ence, social studies, reading and writing. tendent and' keynote speaker Gene Harris Aug. 23 to "stay on track." diplomas. Another 60 students graduated as a re told the students not to look back. In the audience, the auditorium teemed sult of completing missing classroom cred "You're on track. Stay on track," she said. Originally set to graduate in 2007, East with hundreds of balloon- and bouquet its and and additional six students , For some of the students the journey was Side resident Makda Zebib said she refused laden friends and family expectantly wait completed credits and passed the parts of longer than others. to give up on passing the science portion of Northland High School graduate Chika the OGT. 'Thin client' technology will Madumelu, 20, was among the 133. Miss ing credits kept her from graduating sooner. Her sole advice to students who might face a delayed graduation: "Be patient." "I needed my diploma. I'm not stopping for nothing," said the Walnut Ridge High School graduate. She now has her eyes on earning a degree , ~ gain fat savings for schools By KHALILA PERRIN . ~4f":··l ..Our primary focus are the 1 Suburban News Pubtications r:: ' ew computers sporting the latest tech schools ,.. because we want our • N nology will be at the fingertips of hun dreds of Columbus City School students as students to have the latest, greatest technology. " they begin the first day of the new school ~":"..,,.- year today, Aug. 26. , -Rod Houpe ;;,,-,,- '~0 • Students at recently renovated schools Columbus schools chief infonnation officer such as the new Downtown High School, In dianola Informal K-8, the Alexander Gra ham Bell School, Southwood Elementary The ruDds come from the combination School and East and South high schools will 7.S5-mill operating levy and $164 million, be among the first users. 1.13-mill bond issue voters approved in No District employees in the information vember 200S. technology department began installing the The administration has spent $2.9 million newer, sleeker equipment in June. of the $S million so far. "We've already started. We're going to The installation of the new computers will have 2,000 thin clients up and running," by be complete by December 20 II, according the time school begins, Chief Information to a timeline. Officer Rod Houpe said. . Making sure the district's oldest students A "thin client" is a network computer that have access to the new technology in their accesses programs and data from a server schools is most important, Houpe said. rather than locally on a hard drive. The tech High schools ar~ receiving priority "be nology requires no storage disk space on cause they're in the greatest need. Also, we workstations and will save the district on av want to prepare those individuals as they're erage $280 per computer in potential repair exiting our system first. We want to make an<!.technology sl:lPport5,?sts... . sur~ th~t we've p~pared theIl'l: with ~he right 1 August 26, 2009 NORTIILAND NEWS 9 NAMES IN THE NEWS Northland area students who received de Paula Simmons, Jennifer Smith, Melinda Stepter, , Jennifer Bradley, Drew Breckner, Bryan Briggs, Kela Fields, Matthew Figurski, Renee Fitzgerald, Amy Stromer, Ray Suen, Ben Swanger, Brett Montoya Brown, Dave Burchett, Robert Burgess, Mark Retcher, Lamina Foose, Jessica Fritz, Sylvia grees at Columbus State Community Col Thomas. Patricia VanLeuven; Robert Burns, David Busbey, Tabatha Campbell, Gakuo, Travis Gale, Tamara Gingras. Dawn Glaze, lege's spring quarter commencement, and Dean's - Hana Abdalla, HiOO Abdi, Madihah Cynthia Carr, Tonya Carter, Adam Catalogna, Fnu Curtis Good, Mbouila Guisse, Bahlbi Hagos, ' students who wet~named to the university's , Abdul Rauf. Mohamed Abdulahi Id, David Chelsea, Sophie Christoff, Ashley Clemons, Christy Hall. William Hanf, Dakota Hanson, Mar spring quarter dean's list il!clude: Achrrioody, Marie Adam, Adebukola Adejobi, Janetha Cochran, Jennifer Colditz, Vincent Colec garet Hanson; , Sadiq Aden, Sagal Aden. Deena Adkins, William chi, Michael Coleman, Christina Collier, David Melissa Harden, Ryan Hatton, Melissa Help- . Graduates - Abdullahi Abdulle, Abosede,Ade Adkins, Nagma Ahmed. Consuela Albright, Jessi COllins, Erica Cort/jo, Steven Cossin, Julie, Coston. man, Hawa Hemed, Joyce Henry, Michelle Her bu~a. Rebecca Anderson, NadlinAntwi, Esther ca Alexander. Ahmed Ali. Mohammed Ali. Michael Kelany Courtright; , man, Ulian Hirko, April Holmes. Unda Horton, Aplou, Amha Asfaw. Mohamed Bah. Jennifer Alonzo. Hillary Anderson. Roberson Andre. Nadlin Curtis Cox, Mechelle Cox, Muriel Crawford, Margaret Howell, Zhi Huang, Philip Hunsaker, , Bradley. Diana Bmusak, Fnu Chelsea. William Cor Antwi, Esther Apiou, Shamso Areys; Joshua Culver, Chris Cunningham, Kyle Cuthbert. Thosia Hunter, Mujahidin Ibrahim, Grace IgOO, die, John Eneh. Marcus Fandrey, Kela Aelds. Jeremy Am, Mondukpe Arodokoun, Abdikhalif Nimo Dahiye, Grace Danas, Benjamin Danso, Jen Nasro Iman, Lucky lrorere, Abdul-Kheir Jama, Kevin Frankenberg, Jeremy Gano. Kenneth Hage-' 'Awjama. Samra Ayele, Keisha Azbell. Matthew nifer Davidson, Jason Davis, Matthew Demoulin, Marcia Johnson, Megan JOhnSon. Abby Johnston, man. William Hanf, Linda Horton, Nasro Iman. Bailey. Tiffany Bailey, Elizabeth Baker. Alexis Ban Scott Dennis. Tonia Derksen, Amber Dickerson, Denise Jones. Sunghwa Jones, Ryan Joos, Kevin Joseph Ingram, Abdul-Kheir Jama, Usa Jones; gudi, Brionna BankS. Sarah BarOOsky. Zeboney Bonnie Dodds, Caeleigh Dodds, Tonie Dotson De Kafer, Salema Kamara; Maureen Kelly. Josh Kitzmiller, 0 Leyton, Lisa Barranada. Ibrahim Barrie, Mouctar Barry. Amanda Icactr; Moussa DoumOOuya, Kathryn Dove, Norma Nancy Kangogo. Amanda Keaton. Joel Kegler. Long, Cathleen Martz. Jenifer Moore, Stacy Baughman. Emily Berning, Shayna Bettac, Downerd, Ann Downing, Tiffany Dudley; Charles Keller. Mahad Khalif. Stephanie King-Go Myers, Amourice Ngowi. Francine Nzwanga, Ra Theodore Beveridge, Danielle Biancone, Julie Joshua Eaton, Chad Eberly, Eric Edwards, Has bryn, Erin Kirkpatrick, Michael Kline, Lydia mona Poelmans, Casie Redman, Matrice Reese. Bishop, Selina Boakye,. Daniel Boswell, Jessica , nae EI Ouassini, Jonathan Emerine, Bonoie Fara Kent Reid. Erin F:!ygg, Anjoli Scott, Donna Scott. Bowman; go, Sherry Fay. Peter Ferguson, Jeannine, Ferry, ': See NAMES, Page 16 STUDENTS Continued from Page 8 iIi nursing or business at Wright State or' Columbus State universities. the new graduates from Mitrion-Fr~nklin High School. "I'm glad he made it and I hope he keeps going," he added. .•CHI'NA DYNASTY. " ':5~/~ng in Hunan. Szechuan & Manaarln The students' persistence was evident, District officials are aiming for a 90 per I I North Side resident Karen Feasel said. cent graduation rate by the class of 2012. SUNDAY BUFFET "For some it was a struggle and som~ The graduate rate for the class of 2008 was they really, really wanted it and they went 73.9 percent. f11.50 after it," she said. Her son Cameran Lee The figures for 2009 's graduation rate was in the group, celebrating his graduation won't be released until this t~me next year. 11 AM - [; PM from Beechcroft High School. Columbus' class of 2009 consisted of2,889 Like Feasel, Grafton Swickard lingered students. ' in the lobby after the ceremony to celebrate The district's OGT results and attendance l:!.2W 'NORTH:,: Mon-Thull 11 am -10 pm and take pictures of the day. rates for the.2008-09 school year were to be Frt·Sat 11 am - 10:30 pm , "I'm impressed with all of them," he said announced by the Ohio Department of Ed 1930 E. Dubun-Granvtlie Rd. Sunday 11 am - 9 pm (6.14) 523-2008' ,/'1 \ of the graduates. His nephew was among ucation Tuesday. Aug. 25. Sunday Buffet 11 am .. 8 pm THIN Continued from Page 8 high schools and Eastmoor Academy will be among the local schools receiving new cQm Set to receive new workstations in Octo puters in November. rI' " ber are: Beechcroft, Centennial, Columbus Upgrades for remaining school build Alternative and Marion Franklin high ings will continue each month through schools as well as Woodward Park Middle August 20 I 0, based on a combination of " School. need and geographic location, officials ;", ~ ,; Whetstone. Fort Hayes and Brookhaven said. t, St. John African Methodist ( Episcopal Church ... ,...D.CooIIIIoo.. . . .