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#Accepted celebrates UHS seniors for taking their next step in meeting life goals
#Accepted celebrates UHS seniors for taking their next step in meeting life goals
Posted on 03/28/2022
Student with Accepted t-shirtThe dictionary defines accepted as “given approval or acceptance a fully accepted member of the group.”

Utica High School seniors  Katherine Sunday and Zachary Powrozek define accepted as a validation for all of their hard work in school. 

The two Class of 2022 members are among the 120 graduates who have so far been recognized through the new #Accepted program for taking the next step in their post-secondary goals. 

“It means that all the work that you have put in since elementary school has come full circle,” Sunday said.  

To recognize their achievement, students receive a #Accepted shirt and are celebrated on the schools social media sites. 

The recognition is a visible sign that you have taken a significant step forward, Powrezek said. 

“It shows that you put in the work,” he said. 

Utica High School Principal Thomas Lietz said students are honored who have been accepted to their post-secondary program – whether that is a four year college, military, trade school, or community college. 

“I wanted to find a way to reward our seniors who made a plan and started to see it through,” Lietz said. “This celebrates that and sends the message to our juniors and sophomores to start thinking of theirs! It’s been a lot of fun giving the shirts out, talking to seniors about their plans, and celebrating them.”

Powrozek said he has been accepted to play football at Hope College and is awaiting word on University of Michigan to study exercise science or premed. 

Sunday is studying pre-physical therapy at Northern Michigan University.

Both seniors said receiving their acceptance letters was a proud moment that brought a lot of relief. 

“I had a happy cry,” said Sunday.  “It shows that you have reached all your goals that you were hoping for.”