8th Graders at Starr Detroit Academy were Celebrated at a Special Ceremony

SDA Graduation - Gramier Graduation
On June 16th, Starr Detroit Academy (SDA), a charter school located in Harper Woods, Mich., celebrated the promotion of its first 8th grade class. This school opened in 2012 as a K-5 school, and has added a grade level each year, expanding to encompass all students under high school level. With a focus on higher education and emotional stability, Starr Detroit Academy celebrates those students who show their dedication to learning.

At a beautiful ceremony – held in Grace Community Church, just a short distance from the school – 42 eighth graders were recognized, including:
  • 11 students who had been attending SDA for four years,
  • 13 students who had been at the academy for three years, and
  • 18 students who had attended for two years.
Gramier Graduation

Valedictorian Gramier Winston.

Special recognition was given to the Valedictorian, Gramier Winston, and Salutatorian, Trinity Austin. The ceremony featured speeches by Kim Pressley, Principal of Starr Detroit Academy, Ralph Burrell, President and CEO of Starr Educational Services, Elizabeth Carey, President and CEO of Starr Commonwealth, Jim Hall, SDA Board President, and an inspirational keynote by Dr. Ray Johnson, a respected educator and community leader.

Trinity Graduation

Salutatorian Trinity Austin.

Upon leaving Starr Detroit Academy, the students have been supported by our staff to find good high schools and to make a smooth transition. We wish them all the very best for the future, and have offered their families information on a possible Starr scholarship for when the time comes for them to consider attending college.