DTZ, Project Genesis graduate seven

Norwich - Joseph Madison has definite plans now that he has his Deborah Tennant-Zinewicz School high school diploma in hand.

Madison, 18, plans to take one year off from school, then attend Three Rivers Community College and from there transfer to the University of Southern California to study music and computer programming.

He figures that would give him a "Google job" to earn money to buy musical equipment and start a band. Madison plays guitar.

Graduation, he said, "feels great."

Seven students, four from the DTZ School and three from the Project Genesis program at Norwich Public Schools, graduated Thursday in a ceremony at the Spirit of Broadway Theater.

State Sen. Edith Prague, D-Columbia, addressed the graduates and presented each of them with a citation from the Connecticut General Assembly in addition to their diplomas.

Christy Billig, mother of graduate Anthony Billig, said she couldn't wait for graduation day.

"I feel very proud of him," she said.

Project Genesis mentor Candy Wilks-Vanderwerker said all three of the program's graduates worked hard and remained dedicated to reach graduation.

Graduates from Deborah Tennant-Zinewicz: Anthony Billig, Tahlick Collins, Michael Lapine and Joseph Madison.

Graduates of Project Genesis: Brieyonna Barton, Jason Gilliard and Joshua Ulterstaedt.


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