Congratulations to the 306 graduates of Chester High School and STEM Academy on celebrating the June 16, 2017 graduation. The 143rd Commencement was held in the Mirenda Center at Neumann University joining delco schools which has come to the same conclusion others have practice for years, location, location, location. The school district reported that the change of venue was because of safety concerns. But it wouldn’t be graduation without the C-Pride crowd which exuberantly cheered on their own. Giving the commencement address was Dr. Jocelyn Mandigo a 1996 graduate of Chester High School. The Salutatorians were Deborah Ekwala from Chester High School and Triana Pena from STEM. The 16 year old Ekwala recounted her humble beginnings in Nigeria and her now efforts to fight for women’s rights. Valedictorians were Katina Outterbridge from Chester High School and Octavia Reed from STEM. The emphasis of the addresses were “don’t give up” and “believe.” Outterbridge teared up as she spoke about her single father who raised her and her siblings. Scholarships and awards ranged from $200 to $12,000 for recipients. Graduates will be attending over 70 colleges and universities around the country. Good luck to all the graduates in their higher learning and careers.