AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP — With the class of 2014’s graduation on May 24, seniors at Grand River Academy celebrated a 100 percent college acceptance rate. Students from many different backgrounds have had a year full of college applications, standardized testing, and periods filled with anxious waiting for college and university acceptances. Some may have applied to as few as two schools, others applied to as many as 16. Ranges of colleges include small liberal arts schools to large state schools, highly ranked universities to community colleges. While students may choose different paths to reach their goals, all have the opportunity to begin that path by attending college.
Many of Grand River’s 26 seniors received generous scholarships. After these years of high school, eager college-bound seniors are excited to take the next step in their lives.
One of these seniors is Andrew Abdelmessih, a student at Grand River for two years. Next year he plans on attending Hocking College, a technical college located in Nelsonville. Abdelmessih hopes to study fish management, the first step in pursuing a career in the fish farming industry, raising freshwater fish. Abdelmessih applied to three colleges this year, Hocking being his top choice.
“I like that it’s small like GRA. That’s why I wanted to go there the most,” Abdelmessih said. He is also excited for a summer back in his hometown of Granville.
Another Ohio native, Zachary Riemenschneider, plans on staying in-state for college. Riemenschneider, a three-year Grand River student, will be attending Ohio University in the fall. He applied to four schools this year, and was accepted into all four. After weighing his options, Riemenschneider came around to committing to Ohio University.
Riemenschneider’s situation is not uncommon for seniors of this year’s graduating class. Many students were able to choose from a variety of colleges that accepted them, and more also received scholarships to attend. Not only did every senior get accepted into college or university, but a total of $210,000 in scholarship funds was offered to the class in all.