WINSTON-SALEM — On a clear Wednesday night at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University, Forbush High School honored the class of 2018 with an exciting graduation ceremony. The chapel was filled with family, friends, teachers, students and countless others as members of the graduating class began the next chapter of their lives.
Forbush Show Choir was present at the ceremony to sing special songs, while Forbush JROTC presented the flag. The evening started off with Jacob Williams, the 2018 class president, looking back on some of his fondest memories at Forbush.
“Here we are class of 2018, sitting in our appropriate spots and ready to walk across the stage in just a matter of minutes,” said Williams during his speech. “I remember as if it was yesterday that we came to Forbush High School, nervous as we were trying to find our classroom and trying not to get tossed in the trashcans on freshman Friday. Then sophomore and junior year went by as fast until now, senior year.”
Williams’ speech was followed by valedictorians, Madisun Shore and Anna Kathryn Kilby.
Kilby used the power of books and reading in her speech. She talked about the books that she read in grade school, to middle school and then high school. The power of her speech was felt throughout the audience and she put into perspective just how books have had an impact on her life — from Dr. Seuss and Junie B. Jones to several classics.
“The time has come, my classmates, to put all of the lessons we have learned from the pages, chapters and novels to our own use,” said Kilby. “It is now that our own story begins. We must first figure out the setting of our novel. Choosing a place where our life story will play out is frightening, it can shape the rest of the novel.”
Shore used her speech to look back on memories at Forbush and thank her family, friends, coaches and teachers. Her love of running was present throughout her speech.
“I would also like to thank my legs for supporting me, my arms for always being by my side and my fingers, because I can always count on them,” said Shore. “Today marks the day that we cross the finish line of one season of our life, and begin at the starting line of the next season. It is up to each and every one of us who will break the first record or not finish all together.”
As the evening was winding down, Forbush Principal Boomer Kennedy took his opportunity to talk about how special the day was and give the students a bit of wisdom before they received their diplomas.
“First, have pride. Have pride in yourself, in your work, in your job, in your family and in your heritage,” said Kennedy. “Do not allow others to dictate your moral code or pressure you into doing something that will disrespect your family name. Second, earn respect. Live your life in such a manner that you earn respect from those around you. Most importantly, earn that respect for your actions. Lastly, work hard. This will probably sound like common sense, but no matter where you are next year or where your journey takes you after today — work hard in whatever opportunity you are given.”
When the class was named graduates of Forbush High School, the caps came off and the celebration had began. The Class of 2018 came into Wait Chapel as students at Forbush, and ended the night as alumni of the red, white and blue.