Endless possibilities await Christiana High grads
Few people realize they are making a memory until after the moment is over, maybe even years later, but not Christiana High School’s Class of 2017.
As the graduating seniors walked single file into the Bob Carpenter Center on Tuesday, many of them were feeling the gravity of the milestone they were about to reach and how the moment would soon become a memory lasting nothing short of a lifetime.
“We’re going to remember this when we’re 40 years old,” one graduate said right before stepping into the arena.
Approximately 180 students graduated on Tuesday, including 19-year-old Seantana Lloyd, who admitted she sometimes had doubts she would even make it, especially on those days where she didn’t feel like getting up to go to school. Now that graduation day had finally come, she said she was feeling a little nervous.
“It’s not like a bad nervous. It’s like an oh-my-god-I’m-soexcited nervous,” she said.
Lloyd said she’s also worried about her future. She plans to attend cosmetology school to work on hair and nails, but has some anxiety about the extra responsibilities and eventually leaving her parents to live on her own.
“But I’m ready for it,” she said proudly.
She said her favorite memories from CHS are from art class and her freshman year, which she described as the best year because everything was new and exciting.
For Kayla Paden, 17, the most memorable moment was the senior class prank. She said the students turned the cafeteria into a beach with sand and kiddie pools, and decorated the stairwells with balloons, steamers and plastic wrap.
Senior prom was equally as unforgettable, she said.
“It was fun to see everyone looking so nice,” said Paden, who will attend Delaware Technical Community College in the fall to become an ultrasound technician.
Salutatorian Erika White remarked that the Class of 2017 was often tardy, but she explained that’s because they were busy expressing themselves through the arts, working part-time jobs and taking care of their families. She also called them boastful because they talked about being a Viking with pride, goofy because they were comfortable enough within their friendships to truly be themselves, and procrastinators, often waiting until the last minute to turn in assignments.
“But like diamonds, we shine under pressure,” White said.
Malik Shareef, 18, agreed his classmates are goofy, which is why he is going to miss them so much.
“Everybody here is funny. Everybody is a comedian. It’s like a big family,” he said.
Shareef and his friends, 18-year-olds Nasser Richards and Brandon Murphy, said graduation has been a long time coming and they’ve made many memories along the way. For Richards, it was the time he scored a touchdown during his first play as a sophomore on the football team. He will study accounting at Wilmington University in the fall.
Murphy, who will head to Lincoln University for computer engineering, said he will never forget competing in the Penn Relays, the old- est and largest track-andfield competition in the country hosted annually by the University of Pennsylvania.
For Shareef, high school was all about the come up. He admitted he didn’t do very well his freshman year, but buckled down, worked hard and got his grades up. This fall, he will attend Wilmington University to study business and marketing, and will take with him the most important life lesson he learned while at Christiana.
“Never count yourself out,” he said.
“And no obstacles are too hard to overcome,” Richards added.
Principal Sam Postlethwait echoed that sentiment in his address to the graduates on Tuesday, describing the Class of 2017 as representing fortitude, determination, hope and possibilities.
“The only limit to what you can do is you,” he said.
Postlethwait talked about great people throughout history like Albert Einstein, who couldn’t get a job teaching physics for years, and Micheal Jordan, who got cut from his high school basketball team. Even Oprah Winfrey, now the richest African-American woman in the world, grew up in poverty and had an abusive childhood, he said.
These people, Postlethwait said, made the impossible seem very possible. He reminded the grads they can do the same, for they are stronger than any obstacle in their path.
“You’ve shown me what you are made of and you’ve shown me brilliant possibility,” Postlethwait said. “The world is full of possibilities; pursue them with all of your heart.”
Valedictorian Comfort Osundina addresses her fellow Christiana High School graduates.
The Christiana High School choir performs during Tuesday’s graduation ceremony.
Approximately 180 students graduated from Christiana High School on Tuesday night.