A group of 250 students graduated from Sussex Technical High School June 6, capping four years of intense career-technical education melded with academic success.
“As Ravens, you are flying many different routes: Working full time in a variety of industries, enrolling in apprenticeship programs to earn higher certifications, starting this fall at colleges to study your subjects of choice, and joining the military to serve our country,” said Principal Dr. John Demby. “We are proud of all of you.”
Each Sussex Tech student chooses one of 17 career-technical areas in which to concentrate their studies, ranging from auto technologies and dental services to carpentry and digital publishing. The most popular areas among the Class of 2019 were health professions and criminal justice. The three health-related areas – health professions, physical therapy-athletic health care, and dental services – together accounted for more than a third of the class.
Sussex Tech graduates earn both high school diplomas and technical certificates in their field of study. The diploma recognizes the work they have done in the traditional academic subjects to meet all state graduation requirements, and the technical certificate recognizes their accomplishments in their career-technical area, in many cases including industry-standard professional certifications to prepare them for the workforce or additional education.
The Class of 2019 was addressed by valedictorian Karli Sunnergren of Georgetown and salutatorian Gabrielle Guy of Laurel.