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Playing for keeps - Eli Rodas' journey to graduation

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Graduating high school and pursuing college is music to Eli Rodas' ears.
A move to Georgia and back could not stop Eli Rodas from becoming a 2011 Creston graduate

A move to Georgia and back could not stop Eli Rodas from becoming a 2011 Creston graduate

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“I love Creston. It’s a great school.”

Eli Rodas learned how much he loved his school when he was several states away. After attending Central High his first three years of high school, a family move put Eli in Georgia for the first part of his senior year. He was thrilled to be able to move back to Grand Rapids to finish high school and graduate from Creston.

During his senior year, Eli achieved success in class, on the soccer field and on the stage. Although he played cello in the school orchestra, his first love is singing and playing classical guitar. At the “Creston Idol” talent show, his performance brought the house down.

Now that he’s back in Grand Rapids, Eli wants to keep his residence here. He is already coaching a soccer team as he prepares to go to Grand Rapids Community College in the fall. “I’m going to study music production,” he says. “I’d like to be able to teach it someday, that’s something I’d really like to do.”

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