More than 200 seniors graduated from Liberty County High School Friday, May 24. The milestone event took place on a particularly warm night at Donell Woods Stadium to a roaring audience of parents, siblings, friends, and other supporters. Family members and friends cheered and waved to the graduating class as they filed onto the field in their black and gold caps and gowns.
The LCHS JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) did the presentation of colors, while Brandon Lopez, senior class treasurer, led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. The LCHS chorus impressed with a performance of the National Anthem before salutatorian Vernesha Brown took the stage.
The young woman began with thanking parents and teachers for supporting the graduating class. She continued with challenging her class to “be the change that [they] wanted to be in the world.” Brown said she was aware that this advice is often given, but reminded her class they truly can have an impact and have the opportunity to create change. With all of the turmoil today from school shootings, racism and discrimination, Brown insisted that it was time someone stood up to make a difference. Brown concluded by encouraging her fellow classmates not to remember the bad times when they felt like giving up, but to hold on to the good moments and the friends they made while attending LCHS.
Valedictorian Caroline Rykard warned underclassmen about the dangers of “senioritis,” joking about them strengthening their immune systems to fight off the affliction. She continued to encourage her classmates, asking them to stay motivated as they pursue their goals after graduation.
Outgoing LCHS principal Stephanie Woods, who will be taking a position in the administration office this coming school year, was awarded a portrait of the school’s mascot in recognition of her final year at the high school.