The marathon has been exhausting at times for both the students and myself. I have walked this journey with them as they have experienced both successes and struggles. This group of students has had so much happen in their lives outside of the classroom (relationship issues, babies born and babies lost, moving to new homes, financial struggles, jobs, marriages, losses of loved ones, and more). And in spite of all that has happened in life, they have overcome. As they walked across the stage at graduation, I was so humbled to think of how they have impacted my life over this 2 years.
|Ms. Johnnie Sue Hall and Taylor Watkins|
|Jenny Sanders (Honors Sponsor) and Taylor Watkins|
|Tiffany Jamerson and Keyonte Akis-Davis|
|I had the privilege of presenting Tiffany with her Technical Certificate.|
Jessica Crumpler has shown what true determination and commitment looks like. She has managed to raise an energetic little boy, maintained a household, worked a lot, and finished her first college degree with excellent grades. Despite lots of sleepless nights, she has kept going!
And, of course, what kind of celebration could we have without food! So, we met up at What's Cookin' in Camden the night after graduation. Family and friends were welcome for a time of fellowship, reminiscing, and fun.
|Classic facial expressions from a few|
These students have paved the way for those coming behind them. While graduation is bittersweet because I'm not ready for them to move on, I am so excited to see where this group will go and what they will accomplish. Since this group is small, we have formed lasting friendships that are more like being a part of a family. I feel blessed to be the group "Momma!" I could not be more proud of them!
Honors Scholars: My challenge to you is:
1. To never "finish" learning. Always strive to learn something new each day, whether in the classroom, on the job, in the home, or out in the world.
2. Continue to make this world a better place. You see, the future is yours and is in your hands.
3. Remember where you came from and what you have overcome. But, do more than remember. Use that to propel you to greatness!