AJ seniors receive words of advice at baccalaureate

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By Jesef Williams

KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School seniors left their baccalaureate service Thursday with a wealth of advice to take as they move forward.

Dr. Anita Bozardt, pastor at First United Methodist Church in Kershaw, was the keynote speaker for the service, held in the AJHS auditorium.

Bozardt told the graduating class to be aware of all their freedoms in life but also realize that freedom is not absolute and exists in “prescribed limits.”

She told the group to make sound and informed choices.

“Consider the facts, learn the options and follow the 10 Commandments,” she said.

You should fear and pledge allegiance to God while obeying the law and respecting government, she said.

In closing, Bozardt told the seniors to care for, respect and love others.

“Life and love must be shared,” she said. “We can’t thrive alone. Make good choices and may God bless each and every one of you.”

Tyler Stroud, a graduating senior, said Bozardt’s message of loyalty, allegiance and respect resonated with him.

“It’s relevant,” said Stroud, who will attend the University of South Carolina at Lancaster in the fall. “You have to be loyal to the government and do what the authorities tell you.”

Classmate Casey Hammond, who’s also heading to USCL, said she will be sure to remember Bozardt’s point of view on freedom as she goes through life.

“You’re free, but you don’t have as much freedom as you think,” Hammond said. “There are consequences in what ever you do.”

While waiting in the lobby for the heavy rain to subside following the service, senior Chris Brown spoke of his time at AJHS and how he’s looking forward to life after high school.

His plans are to attend York Technical College to prepare to be an auto mechanic.

“I’m happy – ready to get out and get into the real world,” Brown said.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com  or at (803) 283-1152