YATC's Class of 2015
The 28 graduates of YATC's Class of 2015 gathered with family, friends and school staff in May to honor their accomplishments and look ahead to bright futures. Thirteen scholarships for continuing education were awarded at the ceremony and five students received special recognition for their notable achievements.
Pictured above are Roosevelt Butler (Outstanding Attendance Award); Ricardo Galvan (Jump Start Award); Executive Director Terry Routley; Jerome McClam (Bruce Rossmeyer Memorial Kick Start Scholarship Award); Elijah McDuffy (Outstanding Attendance Award) and Christopher Moise (Turnabout Award).
This year's class, the 36th to complete the program, joins more than 600 other graduates continuing on their paths toward success.
"YATC has had such a positive impact on this phase of their lives, and when they graduate, they don't lose us as family," said Routley. "We will continue to provide support when these young men need us."
A special thanks to longtime friends of YATC, former tennis pro Duby Petrovich and former NFL players Troy Drayton, Ki-Jana Carter and Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, who presented the certificates of completion. Kelly also delivered an inspirational messages to the graduates. With the assistance of YATC and its volunteer tutors, one of this year's graduates earned his GED and two have received their high school diplomas.
During the ceremony, YATC also recognized the owners of Centurion Auto Logistics, dedicated supporters Vicki and Harold Shafer, with the Jim Moran Award, which is presented annually to one of YATC's outstanding community partners. Pictured at left, Mrs. Shafer accepted the award on behalf of herself and her late husband from YATC Board President Larry McGinnes and Routley. The Shafers have been generous donors and loyal advocates of YATC since it was established.
Congratulations to the Class of 2015!