Celebrating Old Brook Parma High School's 2023 Graduates

Old Brook Parma High School's Class of 2023

Magic was certainly in the air at Old Brook High School Parma Campus’ 2023 graduation ceremony! Taking place June 16th at the fantastic Sari Feldman Auditorium (Parma-Snow Branch Library), Old Brook Parma’s graduation celebrated the superb accomplishments of its 53 graduates. In addition to fulfilling their graduation requirements, all 53 graduates earned a CTE (Career Technical Education) industry credential. 

During the ceremony, individual awards were presented to six outstanding graduates for their exemplary accomplishments in three areas: Student Engagement, Perseverance, and Determination and Drive. Winners were as follows: Student Engagement - Bella Vega and Jose Bonilla; Perseverance - Inessa Wright and Alanis Johnson; Determination and Drive - Natalie Burchett and Liberty Vest-White. Class representatives Caleb Baka and Payton McQuade shared heartfelt messages of gratitude for family, friends, and staff members and congratulated fellow graduates on their achievements, leaving them with the following quote: “Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.”

Prior to graduation, all 53 graduates wrote personal senior reflections as part of their final chapter at Old Brook Parma; these reflections powerfully conveyed the meaningful contributions Old Brook Parma is making to the lives of young people and the community. 

Class of 2023, Old Brook Parma’s staff couldn’t be more proud of you and couldn’t be more excited to see all you accomplish in the years to come!

ABOUT OLD BROOK PARMA: Old Brook High School’s Main Campus in Cleveland opened its satellite location in Parma to expand their Career Tech Pathway offering. The Day Drive campus facilitates space that cultivates their Healthcare, Business & Entrepreneurial, Nail Tech, and Construction pathways. At this tuition-free charter high school, students ages 15 to 21 can earn a career tech credential while receiving a blended model of self-paced learning and direct instruction to earn an accredited high school diploma. Credit recovery and advancement are both available–students can get back on track or even graduate early. Old Brook High School offers a flexible class schedule that works around jobs, childcare, or other obligations. They know that every student learns differently; their approach is to understand what each student needs to succeed and then help them chart both a graduation and career-focused path. 

Old Brook High School’s nail tech, healthcare, and construction programs, housed at their Day Drive location, continue to impress. In their 1st year, Old Brook’s eight nail tech students were the first drop-out recovery students in Ohio to pass their state boards; the program maintained its 100% pass rate in 2023 when 5 more students passed. Healthcare boasts the same impressive statistic: every student who has tested with the National Healthcareer Association has passed, earning 37 credentials to date. The construction program, which is partnered with Stearns Homestead, has awarded dozens of OSHA-10, NCCER Core, and pre-apprenticeship certificates. Oakmont Education’s VP of CTE, Dr. Jerry Farley, adds these certifications give graduates an edge in securing jobs that pay a sustainable living wage: “I don't know of any other program that helps place our graduates into jobs and stays in their lives for one full year to help them succeed."

To learn more about the school, call 216-236-3208 or visit their website at oldbrookparma.org.

Mark Ellenberger

I am the English teacher at Old Brook High School Parma Campus. 

Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 1:36 PM, 10.01.2023