Classmates encouraged classmates and students celebrated the next step in their journey during Daleville High School’s graduation on Friday, May 24.

Valedictorian Lauren Dorminey quoted Anna Quindlen and Proverbs to inspire her classmates to believe in themselves during her speech.

“We have spent four years waiting for this day, and now we are here,” she said. “We’re not just walking away from four long years of school, but we are saying goodbye to the place that created many friendships and many memories that we will look back on for years.”

She said the Class of 2019 has learned more from each other than they “could have ever learned in a classroom.”

“We’re starting our adult lives, and we are all going in different directions, so whatever you do, stay true to yourself and remember that if you have faith, nothing is impossible,” she said. “I know that each and every one of you are capable of great things; you just have to believe it yourselves.

“Some of you know what you want to do and how you want to do it, but many of you, if you’re being completely honest, only have a vague idea of where you are going from here,” she said. “I know that I can succeed, and I believe each and every one of you can, too.”

Valedictorian Jamie Peters encouraged her classmates to give thanks in everything, quoting 1 Thessalonians, and stay true to themselves in their next steps in life.

“If you hold true to the essence of you, you will succeed,” Peters said. “Too often, we find ourselves getting caught up in what is popular at the moment, but we never take time to find our own place in this world. People want to know you.”

Class President Keshawn Jones spoke about the support the students received from family and friends and each other.

“We’ve all done stuff we’re not proud of looking back, but with the help of our families and each other, we used the bad times to build from and learn from… (they) molded us into the fine young men and women you see before you,” Jones said. “I’m glad to be a part of the Class of 2019, and I wish the best for all my classmates.”

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