Andrews High, Carvers Bay High hold graduation ceremonies

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Scenes from the Andrews High ceremony

On June 6, 127 graduates at Andrews High School picked up their diplomas.
One of those graduates and Salutatorian Damien Maglich told his classmates:
"Well class we have finally made it. Take a look around you, today things will change as we leave home and we need the comfort of family and friends."
Maglich thanked his friends, teachers and staff who have been there over the years. Addressing the graduates he said "do something remarkable and chase your own dreams."
Maglich also said for most of us it will be the first time living away from home and "we will be needing the comfort of our friends and family."
Valedictorian William Gaskins described graduation to his classmates not as an ending but a beginning, a journey of a thousand miles that begins with one step.
"Thank you for allowing me to speak on behalf of the class of 2013, the 100 graduating class of Andrews High School," he said.
"Over the last years of our education, we have had many teachers that guided us and changed us and we have changed them," Gaskins said. "Those memories will always be a part of us."
Gaskin said "this will be the last time we will all be together in the same room but because of the friendship and memories we have formed over the past 4 years, we will never forget them. "We have conquered the mountain of Andrews High School."
Andrews High School principal Dr. Michelle Greene welcomed everyone to the beautiful and dignified graduation ceremony while Leslie Eaddy, Quandre Green, Kientay Filmore, Marcos Caballero and Jonnathan Castillo spoke at the graduation. The Andrews High School chorus also participated in the ceremony.

By Barbara Gengler
For The Times

        Carvers Bay High

The 86 students of Carvers Bay High Class of 2013 heard future-oriented farewell messages by co-valedictorians, Seth LeGette and Tyler Pyatt, and salutatorian, Rayshad Dorsey, who said graduates are finally here. 
“The moment we have been waiting on for 13 years — 4,745 days, 10 hours, 20 minutes and 30 seconds days of school.”
Dorsey was the welcoming speaker at a graduation ceremony presided over by graduate Jasmin Waites, National Honor Society (NHS) member, Thursday, June 6.  The Class of 2013 garnered scholarships totaling more than $2,200,400 at Carvers Bay High School, "Home of the Bears," and a Palmetto Gold School, 13002 Choppee Road, Hemingway.
Dorsey listed some things he has learned over the years about this class.  “We are relentless and well-rounded,” Dorsey said. 
“We have overcome the odds and the stereotypes to prove wrong those who have doubted our school.  We are a tenacious class, going after what we want and refusing to stop until we have reached our goals.  These traits will take us far in our careers and in our lives.  With this type of attitude, the sky’s the limit.”
“The well-roundedness of our class is what makes us unique from other classes who have come before us,” Dorsey said.  “We have accomplished great things in the classroom, on the field and court, and within the community, and we have done this together."
Co-valedictorian LeGette said the class has progressed as individuals and stands today as a family. “In a small community like Carvers Bay the class of 2013 has made a big imprint — academically and athletically — that no one will forget.”
“Think about it — we are the most athletic class to ever come out of Carvers Bay,” LeGette said. “Not to  brag, but we were Region VII-A champs in almost every sport in which we competed — varsity basketball, varsity football, varsity volleyball, varsity swim team, varsity girls cross country, varsity boys cross country and varsity girls and boys track. Oh, yeah — and 2013 state champions in track.”
“I have learned today that, yes, it is hard to say good-bye, but this time we must leave our bear tracks behind for others to follow and begin our new journey,” LeGette said. 
“So to the Class of 2013, thanks for the memories, good luck, God bless and farewell.”
Co-valedictorian Pyatt said today his fellow graduates are taking their first steps into adulthood.
“To the future doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, mechanics, businessmen, architects, nurses, workers of all size and distinction, hello,” Pyatt said. 
“I have faith that we will give future generations a better world than we have been given, just as our parents have done for us and their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents before them.”
“To be sure, life will throw a few punches and jabs, but we can throw them right back and hold our own against the best of them,” Pyatt said. 
“Let’s take a look at ourselves; the world doesn’t stand a chance against us because we are the future; we will own the world.” 
“We are not alone — look to your left and to your right; there sit two other people beside you who also have a future lying infinitely before them,” Pyatt said. “We, and our neighbors, will leave this school together and enter the world alongside each other.”
Assistant Principal Craig Stone presented the Class of 2013 and began calling out the graduate’s names as diplomas were awarded by Principal Richard Neal, Superintendent Dr. H. Randall Dozier and Assistant Superintendent for Administration Dr. Celeste A. Pringle. 
Graduate Gregory McCray, National Beta Club member, led in the alma mater followed by the recessional accompanied on the organ by Floyd Ruffin, faculty member, playing, “Pomp and Circumstance,” arranged by Sir Edward Elgar.
Carvers Bay High Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (MC-JROTC) Color Guard presented the colors. The pledge of the allegiance was led by graduate, Chelsey Jones, NHS member, and the National Anthem was sung by graduates and NHS members, Adrian Grimmage and Presiding Graduate Waites. 
Graduate Aaliyah Rice, NHS member, presented the guests, including State Rep. Carl Anderson, and graduate Garth Elliot, also a NHS member, read a poem, including the words, “This is the day you’ve been preparing for; since the day you walked through that first classroom door; now it is time to say good-bye, and spread your wings — you’re ready to fly.”
Carvers Bay Chorus sang “Jordan’s Angels” by Rollo and Dillworth under the direction of Gwendolyn Smith. Junior marshals were Ka’Osha Green, Spencer Owens, Demasio Timmons and Laja Wright.  Ushers were Wallette Jenerette, Aaliyah Linen, Amber Linnen, Madison Marsh, Beverly Owens and Nicholas Owens.

By Lloyd Mackall
For The Times

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