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‘Thankful for Firebird family’: 221 graduate from Southern Nash

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Administrators, school board officials and teachers lined the hallways of Southern Nash High School on Saturday morning as 221 seniors, donned in caps and gowns, prepared to turn their tassels and embark on the next phase of their lives.

“I hope I have helped them become better people not only academically but socially, mentally and emotionally,” Principal Hugh Scott said before the commencement ceremony. “Likewise, working with this class has provided me with learning and leadership challenges and opportunities that I am grateful to have experienced. I wish them all the best and hope that their time here jump-starts their preparation of the rest of their lives and that they always remember they are a Firebird.”

Senior class president Ashley Macias reflected on the students’ journey to graduation, evoking memories of moments captured, such as the first day of school, going to birthday parties and getting a driver’s license.

“I am thankful for my Firebird family,” Macias said. “In the past few years, we have matured and gained wisdom. I can definitely say we have lived up to our school motto — strength through unity.”

Macias ended her speech by having student body president Robert Hough join her at the podium to take an “usie” of the graduating class.

“Class of 2019, this is us officially starting a new chapter of our lives,” Macias said.

In his remarks, Hough challenged the graduates to make a positive difference in the world on their various journeys.

“We’re taking steps into the direction of our future, and as we’re taking those first steps together, I challenge you to do the following: find your own success, work hard and be selfless,” Hough said.

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