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Buford High School valedictorian Taylor Threatt said her best leader in life is God.
At the very last minute, Threatt surpassed classmates Brandon Moore and Jessica Newton, nabbing the top spot in the BHS class of 2008.
Threatt is a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society. She played on the BHS volleyball and golf teams. She plans on pursuing a secondary education degree at North Greenville University.
"I'm here not because I am a leader, but because I've had the best leader," Threatt said in her message to classmates. "He's not just a name on a page – he's the savior for mankind. This is where your education begins. Let him be your leader. Will you have the courage to follow Jesus?"
Class president Brandan Craig told classmates to remember the lessons they've learned as they enter the real world.
"Now the real world beckons us and we need to learn how to survive on our own," Craig said. "Learning doesn't end with our exit today."
Principal Jonathan Phipps was all smiles as he addressed the graduates. He said they were likely feeling a mixture of excitement, anxiety and fear as they faced their futures. He urged them to enjoy the journey to whatever their lives hold for them.
"Try to enjoy every mile of life's journey, because you may not travel down that road again," Phipps said.
After the graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas, Phipps said he was proud to present the class of 2008.
"I have been waiting to say that all year for some of you," he said, as his audience laughed.