OXNEA graduates are from left, back row, James Pierce, Amber Harris, Tyrell Mack, Danyel Berry, Malysa Jackson. Front, Miranda Buchko, Kailey Thorpe, Winter White-Rainey, Amelia Aberle, Katrina Vazquez, Cheyanne Hill. Submitted


PARIS — Over 100 friends, family and staff recognized and celebrated this year’s Oxford Hills Nezinscot Adult Education (OXNEA) 15 graduates on June 11.  Director Tina Christophersen welcomed and praised the students and updated the audience that many graduates were already in the next step of their lives, including several who had already applied to college.

Commencement speaker Ryan Ricci Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School Coach, Oxford Hills Technical School Board of Directors and Owner and Founder of 290 Main never thought that when he graduated, he would be so heavily involved in the district again.  He emphasized that the graduates’ educational journeys and personal growth “doesn’t stop here” and encouraged them all to keep pursuing their goals.

Graduate Miranda Buchko spoke at the ceremony, “choosing Adult Education allowed me a way to learn that supported me best.”  Her sister, Gina, also spoke and championed Miranda’s and all graduates’ perseverance and success.

Superintendent Heather Manchester helped award the student diplomas, as well as school board member Judy Green.

This year’s pomp and circumstance program featured a quotation from Michelle Obama, “Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.”  Director Christophersen extended Adult Education’s and its teachers’ sincere congratulations and wished all the graduates continued success.

For more information about OXNAE, please visit sad17.maineadulted.org or call 207-743-8842.


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