The 2014 graduates of Forbush High School received their diplomas and celebrated a milestone of life with their friends and family in Winston-Salem last Thursday.
Where: Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University
When: May 22 at 5 p.m.
Number of Graduates: 204
Speakers: Principal Chris Nichols, seniors Allyson Lineberry, Worthy Pegram, Madison Morsch and Tyler Johnson
What the speakers said:
Senior Allyson Lineberry offered an invocation at the beginning of the ceremony. Salutatorian Worthy Pegram welcomed Forbush teachers, staff, family and friends who were in attendance. To her fellow graduates, Pegram said, “Today marks the end of a 13-year journey all of us have undergone as individuals. Every one of us here has a unique story. A set apart life and a distinct path from every other person here, we are all special. No matter where you came from, who you are or where you are going.”
Pegram encouraged her fellow classmates to honor their own special and unique paths as they headed out to what is next on their journey.
“Above all, be an individual,” Pegram said. “Make your own tomorrow, one that empowers you, one that orchestrates success, fulfillment and the promise of an even better day after tomorrow.”
Class President Madison Morsch also addressed her fellow graduates and guests. Morsch took a walk down memory lane, recalling the various emotions and experiences from freshmen year until graduation.
Morsch shared how through the high school experience she and her classmates were always eager to be older.
“We finally realized that when we were waiting to get older, we realized that time was somehow slipping away,” Morsch said. “Now we are all getting excited about starting over and anxious about moving on, but we realize just how important our friends are and how much fun we really did have for our four years. We wish we could have taken the time to appreciate every moment, but in one year we’ll return as different people and some of us will change the world.”
The Forbush Show Choir, including a number of graduating seniors, performed the song “For Good” from the popular Broadway musical “Wicked.”
Valedictorian Tyler Johnson said “today marks the culmination of our four-year journey.”
“We are the graduating class of 2014. Graduation is one of those awkward times in our lives where we are torn between the joy of our memories and the excitement of our future.”
Johnson referred to each student’s life has a book of which they were their own author.
“As we go our separate ways, we cannot forget the passion for greatness that Forbush has instilled in us,” he said. “We owe it to each other, our family, our teachers and most importantly to ourselves to strive to make our book the best we possibly can.”
Principal Chris Nichols told the graduates that it was important for them to always keep learning.
“Through education, hard work and determination, the remaining chapters in your life have the potential for happiness and great success.”
What the graduates did: There were cheers from family members and friends as each student crossed the platform to shake hands with Nichols and receive their diplomas.
At the close of the ceremony, the graduates turned their tassels then cheered and threw their caps in the air.
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