A new class of Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES Pathways in Technology Early College High School freshmen in a ceremony Friday, Aug. 5, committed to the 4- to 6-year program for which they were selected from a pool of more than 140 applicants.
The ceremony, held at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Theater, culminated the HFM PTECH’s Summer Bridge, the program students attended for three weeks on the FMCC campus.
The annual event included each freshman submitting a slip of paper stating their personal goals for their time at PTECH, as well as a red string being tied around students’ wrists as a symbol of good fortune as they move forward in their academic journey.
“These students share a common goal of college graduation,” said Principal Mike Dardaris. “But greater than that is the desire for a different school culture.”
Student speakers shared their past struggles in and out of school and their reasons for choosing PTECH over their home school. Student Andrea Spraker encouraged and challenged her peers. “We are the future,” she said. “Are you ready to start your future?”