ELHS Alumni Congratulate the Class of 2018: Dena Goodman Smith

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 8:11 am
Ann Kammerer

Above: Dena Goodman Smith in 9th Grade

ELHS Alumni congratulate the Class of 2018 . . . now through June

On June 10, about 300 high school seniors will march onward to join the ranks of Trojan Alumni who have graduated from East Lansing Public Schools over the last century.

East Lansing Info asked Trojan Alumni who live, work and retain ties in East Lansing to congratulate the Class of 2018. From now through early June, we'll feature their reflections and informal advice to the graduating class.

Thank you ELHS Alumni and congratulations to the Class of 2018.

Featured Alumnae

Dena Goodman Smith

Class of 1997

What is your occupation?

Physical therapist assistant

Why do you call East Lansing home?

I’m from East Lansing. My mom and stepdad live here, and I visit them all the time!

Where did you grow up in East Lansing?

Spartan Village

What are some funny or fond memories you have about high school?

I liked the diversity and how integrated we were. It didn’t matter your nationality. We used to say, “We are one! We are one EL!”

Above: Goodman Smith today

What path did you initially take when you graduated?

I went to college on a basketball scholarship and studied general science. I worked for PBS and for Total Gym.

What do you think is different about high school today?

I think students may be more separated into their own groups now, but I’m not sure of that. Also, high school is a lot less safe than when we were in school. We had hallway monitors. I’m sure they have police officers onsite for safety purposes now.

What do you think is the same?

Probably the diversity of people who attend the school.

What advice do you have for graduating seniors?

Reach for the stars! No one can ever take the education that you achieve away from you! Do something that requires you to have a license to work, or a trade of some sort, in a field that’s growing like computers, healthcare or engineering. Working should feel like a hobby; we all love our hobbies. So do something that you’ll LOVE to do for a lifetime! Enjoy life because each day is not promised. Every day is a gift, so embrace the present.


Want to join Trojan Alumni in congratulating the Class of 2018? Our only asks are that you're an ELHS graduate, live or work in East Lansing, and are willing to share a current picture and one from your high school years. Interested? Contact Ann Kammerer at halmkammerer76@gmail.com.



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