Triplett Tech students ready for graduation
MOUNT JACKSON – As Triplett Tech prepares for its graduation ceremony Thursday, students are looking forward to starting a new chapter of their lives.
The graduation ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Stonewall Jackson High School gymnasium.
Triplett Tech Principal Connie Pangle said 147 students will be graduating from various programs.
“Most of our students will be entering the workforce, with a few continuing on to a trade school such as culinary school or diesel mechanic school,” she said.
Three soon-to-be graduates expressed their thoughts on Triplett Tech and what their futures hold.
Arty Richel, 17, of Mount Jackson, is graduating from computer networking. He is relieved to be graduating from Central High School, but will miss attending Triplett.
“I would say Triplett has prepared me for pretty much everything,” he said.
He said he learned a lot about the technology field from his two years at Triplett.
“Cyber security is a game of cat and mouse,” he said, “and it’s going to be a lot of fun to stay on your toes and always be busy.”
He said the school has given him not only skills in the technical field, but also skills such as leadership, public speaking and job skills.
Arty added that graduation will be an emotional experience.
“You become a family at Triplett,” he said.
But he’s ready for the future.
“I am looking forward to starting my next chapter,” he said.
He plans to enter the cyber security career field and attend two years at Lord Fairfax Community College and then transfer to George Mason University.
Kayla Kibler, 17, of Woodstock, is graduating from the culinary program at Triplett. She is also excited about graduating but will still miss Triplett and her culinary classes.
“Triplett has really rounded me as a person,” she said.
She said her teachers have always been there for her by aiding her in obtaining scholarships and by guiding her to be the best she can be and telling her to not give up when things get tough. She said Chef Paje Cross was the most help to her.
Kayla will be attending college at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will study baking and pastry.
Excited to begin a new chapter of her life in a big city, she said she’s ready to “explore more things and meet new people.”
Maggie Frasure, 17, of Strasburg, is graduating from the Triplett’s cosmetology program.
She said graduating is bittersweet because she won’t have the familiarity of going to school everyday, but is excited about what the future holds for her.
Maggie said the atmosphere at Triplett has helped her succeed. She said her teacher, Lindsey Wood, helped her catch up with the coursework after coming in a year behind the rest of the girls in her class. Wood, she said, pushed her to do the best work possible.
“[Triplett is] a warm place and you feel like you’re walking into almost a family,” she said.
In her short amount of time at the school, Maggie said she has learned to appreciate the industry.
“The hair industry is an art,” she said. “[It’s] turning one thing into a completely different art piece.”
With the knowledge she has gained at Triplett she said hopes to take that with her in the next stage of her life.
Maggie will be attending Lord Fairfax Community College for two years and then will transfer to either James Madison University or Liberty University. She will pursue a business degree with plans to open her own salon.
She said she would like to someday work for Disney as a hairstylist for the princesses or work in Hollywood and be a makeup artist and hairstylist for the stars.
As part of school’s graduation ceremony, the “We Are Triplett Tech” video and slideshow will be played. Many scholarships will be presented, including the Lord Fairfax Community College Principal’s Scholarship, the Citizenship Scholarships, the Tiffany Taylor Scholarship and the Hamburg Ruritan Scholarships.
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