An attendee of the Berrien County Math and Science Center, Ortiz-Leonard said he is confident the education he received in
"I feel like I'm ready for the next level," said Ortiz-Leonard, who read the names of the graduates at the commencement ceremony.
He credits his favorite teacher --
"She influenced me to get to where I am today -- she gave me that passion," he said.
Of the 199 members of the Class of 2014, 71 were accepted into a four-year college or university, while 95 were accepted into a community college or trade school.
Six are entering the military.
Like Ortiz-Leonard, Martin was influenced by a
"That's why I'm studying business," said Madison, class salutatorian.
In her graduation speech, valedictorian
"We can control what we make of our diplomas and acceptance letters," she said. "A few years down the road, high school isn't going to be what defines us. It will be what we made of our talents and efforts.
"I will be what defined me, because we own nothing in life but that ability to define ourselves."
For the class gift, students selected the following quote from
The class also heard speeches from graduates
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