2004 Graduate – Amber D. Socia
The City of Grand Rapids encompasses an area of approximately 45 square miles. It is located in west central Michigan, The Grand River, a major state waterway, runs through the city’s center. The city’s population is 197,800, per the 2000 census.
Over 2,000 years ago, the Hopewell Indians, known for their large burial mounds, occupied the Grand River Valley. About 300 years ago, the Ottawa Indians moved into the area and lived in several villages along the river. When the British and French arrived, the Ottawa traded fur pelts for European metal and textile goods.
One French trader named Louis Campau established a trading post in 1826. The first permanent white settler was a Baptist minister named Isaac McCoy who arrived in 1825. Campau became perhaps the most important settler when, in 1831, he bought what is now the entire downtown business district of Grand Rapids from the federal government for $90.
After an international exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, Grand Rapids became recognized worldwide as a leader in the production of fine furniture. Today, Grand Rapids is considered a world leader in the production of office furniture.
Like the river it’s named for, the City of Grand Rapids is vibrant, exciting, and diverse. Also vibrant and exciting is Ms. Amber Socia.
Amber graduated from Citizens’ High School last October with a very respectable 3.69 GPA. Her GPA is quite remarkable considering were she came from.
Amber was doing so badly in public school that she actually had a GPA of 0.001. She desperately wanted to be successful but was not finding it possible within the structure of group-paced instruction. “I found public school to be a scary place.” Amber also attended private school before arriving at Citizens’. “Private school seemed as frightful as public school, just cost more money.”
“Citizens’ High School helped me accomplish my goals!” For people who experience difficulties in government run and private schools, Citizens offers a self-pace, safe alternative. “Citizens’ was so helpful and willing that I was never nervous when calling them for help or information.” With diploma in hand, Amber is now free to pursue a dream she has had since she was a little girl.
Amber has always wanted to be a wedding planner. She is currently enrolled in a Chic University where she is studying Cosmetology. This is the first step. She has plans to continue on after that with Floral Design and Culinary Arts. “I feel so wonderful now that I have received my diploma.” “I am excited to finally be able to go after my dream.”
We are exceedingly proud of Amber’s accomplishments and we wish her well in her future endeavors. We know with confidence that she will succeed. She has proven that home study works and we are happy that we could be there to provide the curriculum and help she needed.
Congratulations Amber, You are Citizens’ High School Graduate of the Month for February, 2004.
Amber Socia is Citizens’ High School
“Graduate of the Month” for February 2004.