Harford Tech Class of 2012: Cobras By Choice
The Harford Technical High School Class of 2012 graduated Friday night.
With a nod to the past and faces set to the future, the Harford Technical High School Class of 2012 crosed the stage to the rest of their lives during Friday's commencement.
Alumni of the year James Lux said the skills he learned at Harford Technical High School he still uses today.
Lux, a 1995 graduate, is an established superintendent in the masonry field, a position he started working toward during his 9th grade year at Harford Tech.
Students at Harford Tech go through an application and interview process to attend. Once accepted, students take regular course work as well as courses in trade and technical areas.
"I have to give the school full credit for where I've come in my life," Lux said.
Lux told the Class of 2012 that he is a living example that they can achieve their goals with hard work and the skills learned at the school.
Keynote speaker Tina Mike, assistant vice president of financial education with APGFCU, also took a moment to acknowledge the past by talking about her own graduation from Aberdeen High School, "many years ago."
She said she remembers three distinct thoughts from the day: wanting to get out of her stifling cap and gown, wondering what she was going to do with the rest of her life and who the guest speaker was.
"I couldn't tell you what he said," Mike said.
She told the gathered graduates she suspected they could related to her on one, if not all, of those points.
She went on to say that her life has been nothing like she expected; it's been better.
"So if your life doesn't turn out the way you're fast forwarding through it, that's OK," Mike said.
She outlined the way the world has changed since her time as a student and assured the graduates the world will change on them too.
Mike urged the graduates to treat challenges as opportunities, take reasonable risks, make good money decisions and never stop learning.
"Don't waste the time, it goes by really fast," Mike said.