Con­grat­u­la­tions to the classes of 2017

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick Edi­tor

ABOVE: Stu­dents from Rock­mart High School sing their Alma Mater to­gether one last time as a class as grad­u­a­tion wrapped up on Fri­day.

LEFT: Cedar­town grad­u­ate Devyn Saun­ders gets con­grat­u­lated by in­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Greg Teems dur­ing cer­e­monies on Satur­day morn­ing.

The school year is over for Cedar­town stu­dents, and a new class of se­niors are now mak­ing their way out in the world as grad­u­a­tion brought the school year of­fi­cially to a close over the week­end.

Bull­dog se­niors walked across the field on Satur­day morn­ing to re­ceive diplo­mas and brought their ca­reers at Cedar­town High School to an end.

And de­liv­er­ing a mes­sage of Bull­dog pride to his fel­low class­mates this year was vale­dic­to­rian JW Perry, who said that his class can look back on four years of ac­com­plish­ment with pride.

“This class and this school has pro­duced nu­mer­ous, suc­cess­ful, and amazing stu­dents that we have all had the plea­sure of wit­ness­ing grow into fine young men and women,” Perry said. “We have pro­duced ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­tors, mu­si­cians, schol­ars, state cham­pi­ons, and we have no lack of ex­tremely tal­ented and out­stand­ing grad­u­ates. I would like to con­grat­u­late each and ev­ery one of you sit­ting here.”

“We started this year with this day in mind, but our jour­ney does not end here,” he said.

With that in mind, Perry said that the Class of 2017 has a lot of life to look for­ward to and should al­ways re­mem­ber that whether it’s des­tiny or free will, his peers will con­tinue to push for­ward for a bet­ter fu­ture.

“I be­lieve that our class not only has the abil­ity to do im­pos­si­ble feats, but that we are des­tined to do just that and even more. I be­lieve in this class sit­ting be­fore me, and I know each and ev­ery­one sit­ting here with us, and those here in spirit do as well,” he said. “So, on be­half of the class of 2017, thank you. Thank you fac­ulty and ad­min­is­tra­tion for push­ing us to do our best al­ways and cre­at­ing an ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ment for us, as well as sup­port­ing us in many ways that we didn’t know we needed.”

Stu­dents fin­ished up the year with many ac­com­plish­ments to praise. Sports sea­sons saw ath­letes make it into state com­pe­ti­tion, in­di­vid­u­als brought home cham­pi­onships in a va­ri­ety of fields, and the school is send­ing out yet an­other grad­u­at­ing class ready to tackle the world.

Sa­lu­ta­to­rian Jodi Kel­ley pre­vi­ously said she was look­ing for­ward to what the Class of 2017 will do in the fu­ture as well.

She had thanked “the class of 2017 for al­low­ing our class to strive to high achieve­ments and be­come one of the best of the best! I can’t wait to see where life takes ev­ery­body, and I wish luck to all!”

The top dogs this year were Perry, Kel­ley, and fol­lowed by Karen Flores, Mad­die Bow­man, and Miles Minge.

The Class of 2017’s grad­u­a­tion brought the school year to a close for all stu­dents in the Cedar­town area from the ele­men­tary school age on up, with Bull­dogs of all ages head­ing back to school for the com­ing 2017-18 cal­en­dar year in early Au­gust.

Pho­tos by Kevin Myrick and Gail Con­ner

Photo con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

Cedar­town High School grad­u­ates get ready for the start of cer­e­monies May 27 on Doc Ay­ers Field as fam­ily and friends looked on.

As cer­e­monies came to a close over the week­end, Cedar­town High School grad­u­ates tossed their caps into the air in cel­e­bra­tion.

ABOVE, RIGHT: Stu­dent Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Noah Beck gives some clos­ing state­ments.

ABOVE, LEFT: Sa­lu­ta­to­rian Jodi Kel­ley gives her ad­dress. LEFT: Vale­dic­to­rian JW Perry speaks to the Class of 2017 about how his fel­low grad­u­ates have so much.

BE­LOW: In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Greg Teems talked to stu­dents dur­ing the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony over the week­end on Satur­day.

Pho­tos con­trib­uted by Gail Con­ner

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