Candlelight, Senior Awards ceremonies to be held today; Commencement Ceremony tomorrow

BALDWIN — Starting today, the Baldwin Community Schools Class of 2014 will begin celebrating the end of their tenure at BCS, which culminates with the commencement ceremony on Friday.

The annual Candlelight Ceremony will start at 8 a.m. today in the high school cafeteria, and also will feature breakfast. The ceremony features a symbolic candlelight gesture in which the graduating class passes a candle’s flame to the class below them. Following the Candlelight Ceremony will be the Senior Awards Ceremony, which will start at 9 a.m. and be held in the high school gym. The ceremony gives public recognition to the awards and scholarships the Class of 2014 earned.

BCS’s Commencement Ceremony will start at 6 p.m. on Friday and be held in the high school gym.

This year, 95 percent of the BCS senior class have made plans to attend college or enlist in the armed services. Many applied to multiple institutions and were accepted to more than one of those institutions.

Of the 95 percent, three students stand out as being at the top of their class. This year, two students have been named valedictorian and one student has been named salutatorian. Brittney Grant and Tyler Shepler have been named valedictorians, and the salutatorian is Daekwon Fisher. Grant was accepted to Madonna University, Oakland Community College and Lansing Community College; Shepler was accepted to Ferris State University and Grand Valley State University; and Fisher was accepted to Northern Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University and Oakland University.

Grant, who has been raised in Baldwin her entire life, plans to attend Madonna University to study sign language and child development.

Shepler, who started attending BCS in the seventh grade, will attend Grand Valley State University this fall and study accounting. He said he also is interested in medical programs the university offers, like the pharmacy program. 

Fisher, who also has attended BCS his entire life, plans to attend Saginaw Valley University and study criminal justice.