• Class of 2024 creates strong roots at the Gene L. Klida Utica Academy for International Studies

    This senior’s class grew tall and strong during their time at the Gene L. Klida Utica Academy for International Studies.

    We could not be where we are today without what once was: a seed with hope to one day be a grand, remarkable tree,” said commencement speaker Avery Tury. “Today, we celebrate our journey from being those seeds to being trees whose brilliance can’t help but be admired.”

    The members of the Class of 2024 received their diplomas at a ceremony Sunday at the O’Rena at Oakland University.

    Student speaker Jose Lorenzo Lore Mendez noted that much of the Class of 2024’s high school career was surrounded by the color blue – the computer screen that greeted them during the pandemic, the color of the IB brand, the robes they wore at graduation and the first thing they will see as they leave commencement ceremonies. 

    “Blue is the color of the sky that will flash the minute we walk out these doors—the first step we all take outside of the O’Rena today, is the very minute we can finally tell ourselves that we can realize our lives to the fullest potential,” he said.

    Principal Shaun Green-Beebe spoke to the accomplishments of the Class of 2024, the 13th in the history of GLK-UAIS:

    • 84 valedictorians and one salutatorian.
    • Collectively, the class has an average G.P.A. of 4.2.
    • more than 15,000 hours of Creativity, Activity and Service.
    • Nearly a half a million words to complete the Extended Essay research.

    “Remember, your journey does not end here; it is just beginning,” she said. “Carry the spirit of the Phoenix with you wherever you go, and with every challenge you face. You can rise from the ashes. You are the Class of 2024! “

    Superintendent Robert Monroe reminded graduates that with the many titles they carry – son or daughter, sibling, Falcon – they now add a new one.

    Today, you will become a Utica Community Schools graduate. It is a title that I invite you to wear with pride,” he said.

    Board of Education president Dr. Mary Thomas said graduates will continue to have the support of their community and parents as they navigate the road forward. 

    In life, lean into your parents, guardians, family, and friends when you find yourself lost or in unfamiliar territory,” she said.  “In partnership with you, they will look at your available routes to guide you to the path that makes the most sense in that instance.”

     

    Congratulations Gene L. Klida Utica Academy for International Studies Graduates

    Megan Mary Abraham 1 6 CL

    Dema Eyad Abu Zraineh 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Kayla Marie Adams 1 3 6 SCL

    Lillian Mary Aho 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Aaron Cedric Apdua Amano 1 3 6 SCL

    Jeremiah Tamir Ambroise 1 3 6 SCL

    Anthony Steven Anderson 1 3 6 SCL

    Hunter Jacob Arnold 1 3 6 SCL

    Trinidy Noelle Baranowski 1 6

    Abigail Samy Bassalious 1 6 MCL

    Addison Grace Beal 1 3 6 SCL

    Connor James Boyle 1 6 MCL

    Sofia Olivia Buck 1 2 3 5 6 SCL

    Marlin Cami 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Gavin Bennett Cereska 1 3 6 SCL

    Alison Dluab Ci Chang 1 3 6 SCL

    Brian Viet Dang 1 2 3 5 6 SCL

    Anjana Devendran 1 3 6 SCL

    Merina Diaz 1 2 3 5 6 SCL

    Evan Jackson Dion 1 3 6 SCL

    Kristina Dan Dushaj 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Gianna Mary Esho 1 2 3 5 6 SCL

    Celine Deena Fakhoury 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Christian Fouad Fakhoury 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Grace Ann Falkiewicz 1 3 6 SCL

    Elisha Margaret Finitzer 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Benjamin William Flannery 1 6 SCL

    Arianna Kathryn Halaleii Fontana 1 6 MCL

    Arabella Rose Fornari 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Lily Danielle Gallina 1 3 6 SCL

    Novia Rose George 1 3 6 SCL

    Isaiah David Gibbs 1 2 6 MCL

    Cameron Leigh Gray 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Sophie Gruian 1 3 6 SCL

    Juvian Jwan Haddad 1 3 6 SCL

    Alissa Iva Hashorva 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Rena Hortelano Henderson 1 3 6 SCL

    Andrei Hulpoi-Deac 1 3 6 SCL

    Katrina Marie Ishioka 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Ava Grace Istamboulian 1 6 MCL

    Zachary Thomas Jarvis 1 3 6 SCL

    Jared Evan Jenson 1 3 6 SCL

    Gianna Anisa Kanna 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Maria Miassar Khoushi 1 2 3 5 6 SCL

    Jonathan Emerson King 1 2 3 6 SCL

    Doryian Anthony Kirkwood 1 3 6 SCL

    Kennedy Morgan Kohler 1 3 6 SCL

    Dustin Michael Komlosan 1 4 6 SCL

    Eugenia Tarasivna Korovaychuk 1 3 6 SCL

    Maxwell Connor Korwin 1 3 6 SCL

    John Joseph Krajenke IV 1 3 6 SCL

    Martyna Emilia Krajewska 1 2 3 6 SCL

    Grace Marie Krikor 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Morgan Jade Kulczycki 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Andy Lawrence Kusta 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Ryan Elise Landy 1 3 6 SCL

    Dharamjit Singh Madahar 1 2 3 6 SCL

    Aydin John Martuscelli 1 2 3 6 SCL

    Piper Delaney McMartin 1 3 6 SCL

    Garrett Thomas McPhillips 1 3 6 SCL

    Jose Lorenzo Lorca Mendez 1 3 6 SCL

    Albert Miu 1 3 6 SCL

    Nathaniel Richard Myny 1 2 6 SCL

    Lillian Marie Natushko 1 3 6 SCL

    Amrita Nayak 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Julia Ivy Neveau 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Chika Chimere Nwoke 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Colin Trinidad O’Rourke 1 3 6 SCL

    Chizuruoke Alan Oparaji 1 6 CL

    Alexa Simone Ortiz 1 2 3 6 SCL

    Naman Rajeev Patel 1 6 SCL

    Namrata Arpan Patel 1 3 6 SCL

    Brendan Michael Pawlicki 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Kylee Anne Pfeifer 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Mya Rose Pieper 1 3 6 SCL

    Anna Cristine Cambare Pontzious 1 3 6 SCL

    Grace Kathryn Cambare Pontzious 1 3 6 SCL

    Jamie Christine Raphtis 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Niyah Kennedi Reeves 1 2 3 5 6 SCL

    Luke James Reiter

    Mary Ghida Romaya 1 3 6 SCL

    Ava Claire Saleh 1 2 3 6 SCL

    Peter Joseph Schoenherr 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Vincent George Serra 1 3 6 SCL

    Ananya Shah 1 3 6 SCL

    Skyler Shaman 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Zachary Joseph Shopinski 1 3 6 SCL

    Alexis Morgan Sinutko 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Julia Victoria Sitek 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Taylor Anne Smith 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Jasmine Rose Sokana 1 6 MCL

    Mallory Rachel Sornig 1 5 6 SCL

    Janelle Hadil Souro 1 2 3 5 6 SCL

    Patryk Krzysztof Stepien 1 6 MCL

    Gabriella Marie Stys 1 6 MCL

    Jillian Noelle Talerico 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Alyssa Marie Terranova 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Bernell Gazwan Toma 1 3 5 6 SCL

    Sofya Konstantinovna Tomala 1 6 SCL

    Tayte Mildred Topolski 1 3 6 SCL

    Avery Alana Tury 1 2 3 5 6 SCL

    Noah Maxime Theo Vandenbulke 1 6 SCL

    Lilly Katherine Wilson 1 3 5 6 SCL

    1=IB Full Diploma Candidate

    2=UCS Advanced Placement Scholar

    3=Valedictorian

    4=Salutatorian

    5=National Honor Society

    6= Seal of Global Language Candidate

    GRADUATION HONORS:

    Summa Cum Laude (SCL) GPA 3.9 and abov