Strasburg High School teen walks twice for graduation

Callie Stead, 18, of Toms Brook, works with a torque wrench under the hood of a pickup truck at Triplett Tech in Mount Jackson. Stead, a Strasburg High School senior, will graduate from Triplett Tech's automotive services technology program. Rich Cooley/Daily

Callie Stead will graduate from two schools this week that she said have shaped her to be a leader and to work for achievement.

Stead, 18, walked in Triplett Tech’s 53rd annual ceremony Thursday, and will join 141 graduation candidates in the 59th commencement ceremony for Strasburg High School on Saturday.

“Strasburg has presented me opportunities,” Stead said, noting that she joined FFA, where she remained for six years. “FFA gave me my leadership and my public speaking skills.”

Triplett Tech, Stead said, taught her responsibility.

“You have to be here on time. You have to be professional. You are graded on how employable you are,” she said. “I have grown here not just as a person but as a mechanic.”

Stead joined the tech school’s automotive technology course of study and has won a number of state competitions.

“It’s not as unusual as it once was – women are starting to be seen more and more,” Stead said of her chose career. “If you are interested in something, you should do it. My instructor, Mr. (Lucas) Long, taught me that.”

She plans to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio to continue her education and earn an associate’s degree in automotive technology.

She offered a few final words for her classmates.

“I wish the best for everybody. I want everybody to be successful,” Stead said.

Triplett Tech

When: Held Thursday evening.

Where: Gymnasium at Stonewall Jackson High School, 150 Stonewall Lane, Quicksburg.

Number of graduation candidates: 131.

Percentage of graduates going into workforce: About 60 percent.

Percentage of graduates furthering their education: About 40 percent.

Strasburg High School

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Ram Stadium, weather permitting. 250 Ram Drive, Strasburg.

Speakers:  Grace Davis, senior class president, and Principal Melissa Foltz. Assistant Principal Derek Ritenour will announce the valedictorian and salutatorian.

Number of graduation candidates: 141.

Number of college-bound graduates: 85:

Number of graduates entering workforce: 22

Number of graduates entering military: 9