I would like to begin by welcoming all of our guests to the graduation ceremony for the class of 2019. On behalf of my class, I would like to thank family, friends, teachers, administrators, board members, and our community for supporting us through this amazing journey. It was with your support and motivation that we are here today.

We have made so many memories together through the years, like our first overnight trip to Junction in Elementary School to our bus breaking down on our middle school band trip. Also, thanks to Coach Baucom, we all had the Boys of Fall memorized by the end of our eighth grade year. We have continued to make many great memories throughout our four years in high school. Some of my favorites are the time that TJ fell over Tristan’s backpack in the cafeteria while dressed like bacon, or watching our guys be the sassiest mean girl impersonators during our Christmas Sing off.

It feels like just yesterday I was standing in the backyard after our freshman car wash, while my mom was spraying me down with the water hose. It took six showers and one bottle of shampoo to get the smell out of my hair. I felt so sorry for myself until I remembered Jayslynn and Yuli had it ten times worse because they tried to run. I think it is safe to say they learned their lesson that day.  It’s too bad Jayslynn that you were still running a 13 instead of an 11.76. I had no idea how fast these four years would go by, but here we are.

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”-Jeremiah 29:11. I wanted to share this bible verse with you today to reassure you that everything is going to be okay. Life is going to be difficult and you will be faced with tough situations and decisions and not everything is going to go your way, but don’t lose sight of the fact that God has a plan for you. We are all going to go down different paths. Some are going into the armed forces, some will become nurses, while others will become teachers. We will all walk down a different path but each path has its own important purpose.

I know we will miss these times, and it is hard to let go but let’s be excited to see what the future holds for us.

Class of 2019, I would like to leave you with a quote by the always inspiring Dr.Seuss. The quote reads, “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”

Congratulations class of 2019 and good luck!