“It’s not always easy to be comfortable. It’s not necessary to be comfortable, so do what’s right!” said East Gadsden High School’s Salutatorian Wisheka Williams on Saturday as the school’s 2014 senior class heard inspiring words from several speakers.
The energy level at the scene in the gymnasium was very high as seniors waited with bated breaths to be formally named as ‘graduates’ and able to turn the tassels on their caps in response.
A large crowd attended the Saturday morning ceremony.
“Be sure your future options are what you want to do - take action. Always have a backup plan. Life never goes like you want it to go. Be true to yourself and follow your instincts, and you’ll do what’s right,” said Williams.
Valedictorian Meaghan Sapp was equally as uplifting: “We’re ready to move on. Some of us have been together since pre-school. We’ve shared together more than we shared with our parents. Those experiences makes us family,” she said as she thanked her parents for all they did for her. “Teachers have a tough job, taking new people and molding them, teaching them. Successful people will make mistakes, but they don’t quit,” said the 4.3793 grade point average student. “Success isn’t the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.”
Superintendent Reginald James praised the students for all of the successes they’ve built in county schools in the past several years. “Gadsden County is #1 in the Big Bend in writing. Our third graders in math are #1 in the area and #2 in the whole state of Florida!” James said to the largest number of students graduating in county history. “You’ve laid the foundation to success. Now you must build on that foundation,” he said. Graduates wildly applauded and danced as he officially called their names to collect their diplomas and reach the end of their high school years.
CUTLINE 2: A large crowd attended the Saturday morning ceremony.