Grads going off to more than 200 colleges

Anthony Martinez and Melissa Mansilla celebrate their graduation after the Westhill High School Class of 2012 Commencement Exercises in Stamford, Conn., June 20, 2012. Photo: Keelin Daly / Stamford Advocate

Hundreds of Stamford Public Schools students have crossed various stages and received their high school diplomas over the past couple years. And as they looked back on the past 13 years of their lives this and last week at their graduation ceremonies, students also looked forward to their next steps in life.

“I’m so excited, just so excited for what’s next,” Stamford High School senior Jamie Fedele said Wednesday as she and her friends gathered in the school’s auditorium moments before the 4 p.m. graduation. [Read the full story about Stamford High’s graduation — and Westhill, AITE and ARTS graduations as well.]

Her nerves were fine on her last day as a high schooler, and she just couldn’t wait to begin the next part of her life as a freshman at Penn State later this year, she said.

“I’ll miss it here, but I’m just so excited to start the rest of my life,” she said.

Fedele’s not alone. Over the past few weeks, many seniors at the district’s three high schools as well as the Alternate Routes To Success program have conveyed the same feeling: Anticipation of their next chapter.

Stamford Public Schools just made public the list of more than 200 colleges that students will be attending next year. The list includes local favorites like Norwalk Community College, UConn Stamford and UConn at Storrs. There’s also a smattering of far-away schools, like University of Southern California and University of Texas. And some Ivy Leagues, like Yale University, Harvard College and Cornell University. There’s even a shout out for this reporter’s alma mater at Syracuse University.

Check out the full list here:

Maggie Gordon