The Apollo-Ridge School District is recognizing our alumni for their significant contributions while attending school and their inspiring accomplishments after graduation. Alumni from Apollo, Elders Ridge, and Apollo-Ridge are eligible for this recognition.
Each month a new graduate will be featured and previous postings will be archived in the strip at right.
In order to submit a nominee, please complete this form. Your contact information is not required, but enables the District to get in touch if additional details or clarifications are necessary.
Class of 2010
Miranda graduated from Clarion University in 2015 with a degree in Rehabilitative Sciences with a concentration in
Addictions. Currently she is in the process of writing a book about her life, in which she endured a lot of trauma, to
encourage awareness for mental health concerns and urge abuse victims to speak up.
Her goal is to publish the book, and use her experiences to encourage victims to not give up and educate parents, schools, etc. on how to get more involved with ending the negative stigma against mental illness. Her Facebook page, “Understanding the Misunderstood,” focuses on mental health awareness, features excerpts from her book, and provides daily affirmations.
Miranda credits the following teachers for their guidance and inspiration:
Mrs. Clawson was one of the most inspiring teachers I had. She was the main reason why I wanted to become a first grade teacher since the very beginning!
Mr. Desiderato (Coach D) inspired me to never give up in throwing, on all the rough days where my shoulder wouldn’t cooperate, and the day I looked at you and said “I quit,” was the day you gave me the best talk. Forever thankful for that talk.
Mrs. Dishong - I don’t even know where to begin. She was the best homeroom teacher I could’ve asked for, endless support when I faced challenges in life and she was always someone I could count on. And she dealt with my shenanigans at least 3 times a week!
Ms. Rogalski - I just wanted to say how much I appreciated the passion you had for teaching. You always were one of my favorite teachers in middle school.
Mrs. Buchner - for the ones who never had the opportunity to have you greet them in the doorway, listen to your stories, be blessed with your presence as a teacher, and having you as a teacher... they have missed out on so much!
Mrs. Wright - one day, you took the reins into your hands and did something to potentially save a student's life. You went above and beyond. You stood up for what was right, no matter what.
Mrs, Ferrence - you prepared me for college English on so many levels. You always had the best comments to the smart-aleck kids. You were honest, and tough. You have been so supportive of me years after sitting in your class.
Words of Wisdom for Graduates
Don’t let society pressure you into completing your goals in a certain time frame. Take your time to figure out what you want to do, what’s best for you. Life doesn’t always go as planned, trials and tribulations will always happen, conquer them with positivity and you’ll be all right. Never give up on what you want, speak up when you see something wrong, focus on you, and never forget where you came from. Self-care is incredibly important. Do positive, think positive and be positive. Best wishes!