WINSTON-SALEM — Seniors from Forbush High School celebrated their graduation alongside family and friends at a commencement ceremony held Thursday at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University. Senior Michaela Allred gave an invocation at the start of the ceremony, followed by a presentation of the flag by the Forbush JROTC.
On behalf of herself and her classmates, Salutatorian Madison Haynes expressed gratitude to the faculty, staff and families for their support. She also shared her thoughts on the importance of education with her fellow graduates of the class of 2016.
“Education is so incredibly important for society,” she said. “Education is not meant to be 12 years of wasted time leading up to a piece of paper and a handshake. Education is meant to enrich as people and make us contributing members of society.”
Also addressing the students and guests at the commencement was Student Body President Reece Warfel. He recounted many fond memories of their time as Forbush students and many accomplishments of the class.
“You will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” Warfel told his classmates. Warfel took time at the conclusion of his speech to capture the moment by taking a selfie at the podium with his classmates behind him in Wait Chapel.
Valedictorian Maris Bey also shared her thoughts with the class of 2016.
“We live in a world filled with things that divide us, whether its HB2 or Isis or Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Our society tends to focus on our differences but not our similarities, what connects each of us. Not just us the class of 2016, but us with a capital U. We are linked by the fact that we have each been impacted by another person and that we have the ability to impact to another,” Bey said. “Our influence will only magnify when we exist those doors. This responsibly of our influence is not one to take lightly.”
The Forbush Concert Choir, including its senior members, performed “No One is Alone.”
Principal Robert Landry expressed his pride in the accomplishments of the class of 2016 and shared some words of wisdom with them prior to presenting each student with their high school diploma.
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