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Proud families rushed to fill the gymnasium at Buford High School as the Class of 2012 graduation ceremonies began. With the meaningful notes of Pomp and Circumstance filling the air, 122 seniors filed in to take their seats of honor. They entered as high school students and left as graduates ready to begin the journey of adulthood.
“We are so proud of our students. They have all worked hard to get here tonight,” said JoAnn Garris, assistant principal at BHS.
“Don’t let your past define you, you define your past. Your past determines how you live out your future. It shapes you,” said Alee Bowers, honor graduate, as she challenged her classmates to have no regrets about the past.
Salutatorian and Senior Class President, Lauren Hinson, encouraged her fellow classmates to notice the little things and explore opportunities. She reminded them to always cherish their loved ones and to thank God for each sunrise and sunset.
Joseph Steele’s mother, Bobbi, said she was looking forward to him moving into the next stage of his life. Born two months premature, he always received extra special love from the family. But she feels like he’s ready to move on.
Possibly the best seat in the gym belonged to senior Mary Preuss who graduated in a wheel chair. At the senior picnic, she suffered a broken foot and even had to have surgery on Tuesday. She was afraid she wouldn’t make it to graduation, but she did. And with the assistance of a junior marshal, she rolled right across the stage and received her diploma.
Kendall Knight who plans to attend University of South Carolina Lancaster this fall said he is heading to the beach immediately after graduation with his girlfriend’s family.
Principal Jonathan Phipps left the Class of 2012 with three simple words of advice. Never give up. He cited several examples of people who never gave up such as Michael Jordan who was actually cut from his high school basketball team.
“Don’t make excuses or blame others, Phipps said.” “To achieve, you must never give up!”