TRMC Graduates 31 From the Wolfpack

TRMC Graduates 31 From the Wolfpack

The 31 students who graduated from the Three Rivers Middle College (TRMC) Wolfpack on Tuesday set a new precedent for college credits earned during their two years at the magnet high school.

Additionally, the graduates – who are all college-bound – impressed their administrators as a group of “many leaders” well prepared for future challenges and embodiment of the necessary academic skills.

“You spent countless hours reading, solving problems, writing essays, and thinking critically,” Principal Brad Columbus said. “These core academic skills will allow you to have tools you need to be successful in any future Pack you join.”

Columbus was the first to congratulate the graduates at the Commencement ceremony held at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich. The students received a round of applause when Columbus revealed they’d earned a collective 934 college credits, and 19 members of the graduating class were entering college with over a year’s worth of credits already achieved. The majority of the class will be continuing their studies at Three Rivers, with others headed to institutions including UConn, Central Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut, the University of St. Joseph, and colleges out of state.

Old Lyme-based LEARN and Three Rivers partner to run TRMC, a high school for 11th and 12th graders that offers extensive college preparation and opportunities to earn transferable credits. Students take college classes, SAT prep, and the SAT itself, all at no cost to families. In some cases, students have earned enough credits to graduate high school with their Associate’s degree already in hand, as was the case this year with TRMC graduate and Court of Excellence member Elise Sperry.

The Court of Excellence is reserved for students with a minimum 3.5 GPA and significant number of credits earned. Five of the members were invited to speak at the ceremony, sharing their memories with their classmates. Elena Landry noted that as high school seniors, they would have been the oldest students in most other schools, but at TRMC they had examples they could follow.

“Not only were we in the position to be role models for the juniors, we also had older students – some who had already completed degrees or worked for several years – around to help, guide, and remind us to stay focused on all of our future endeavors, no matter what they are,” Landry said.

Quentin Carr reminded his peers that while dreaming big is important, it’s also necessary to dream small by remembering the importance of time with family and committing small acts of kindness.

“When we have a mindset where we allow ourselves to dream small, we realize that we don’t have to wait till we reach our end goal to make a difference,” Carr said.

Molly Curry addressed the challenge of TRMC, where students have to adapt to college work and expectations while still in high school. While difficult, she thanked the teachers for always working with the students and being patient.

“The faculty and staff have given us unlimited opportunities,” Curry said. “They never gave up on us and worked beside us to cultivate these skills and talents in us, and prepare us for our futures.”

Kinsley Green gave her advice in the form of a top ten list. Among other tips, she told her classmates to make great friends, take advantage of opportunities, splurge, listen to their parents (even begrudgingly), and get back up again when they fall.

“Just keep swimming,” Green said. “Even when it gets hard. Unless you’re about to swim into a lobster pot. You should probably stop before that. If not, I’ll catch you.”   

TRMC Class of 2019   
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