Meadowbrook Academy graduates 12

Pictured in the front row, from left, are Meadowbrook Academy Principal David Hicks, Danielle Wojciechoski, Walter Calloway, Kelly Koontz, and Angel Holt. In the back row are Grace Throckmorton, David Lusk, Austin Adams, Darrell Taylor, Ashlyn Westerberg, and Katelyn Adragna. Not pictured are Tiara Breeden and Adriana Flowers.

Counselor Craig Smith performs a song during the graduation ceremony.

Meadowbrook Academy Principal David Hicks tells graduates how proud he is of them.

Graduates move their tassels after getting their diplomas.

Graduates toss their caps after the graduation ceremony.

Meadowbrook Academy’s graduation Saturday focused on the success and determination of its 12 graduates.

“They are all unique and have worked very, very hard,” said Principal David Hicks. “Success only comes to those who are dependable, responsible and dedicated. It will only come to those with a positive attitude. We know you have learned this because you are here today.”

Hicks said the Meadowbrook Academy graduates had succeeded in a journey toward their future.

“You have learned to look past the negatives and learned to become dependable and dedicated,” he added. “You are now ready to become part of the community. No one here is as proud of you as I am, because I know the roads you have traveled and they are not easy.”

Hicks said a portion of Steve Jobs’ quote about changing the world is posted in Meadowbrook Academy.

“Today I want share the whole quote with you,” he said. “‘Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.’”

Superintendent Ronnie Mendenhall talked to the students about how their responsibility will grow with time.

“After today a huge transition is going to occur,” he said. “Today I know you are going to be successful in your transition because you have been told what responsibility is all about. You have shown that you have mastered the concept of responsibility .”

Mendenhall offered the student 10 challenges as they proceeded in life.

“Go out into the world and do great things,” he said. Never underestimate yourself. Do not ever quit believing in yourself. Do not dwell on the past but focus on the future. Surround yourself with good people. Realize that you have been prepared to succeed in the world. Remember to impact other people’s lives in a positive way. Remembers who has stuck with you during hard times. Challenge yourself to excel at everything you do. Impressions many times last forever so make sure the first impression you make is a positive one.”

Counselor Craig Smith performed a song before diplomas were handed out by 2015 MBA teacher of the Year Luke Grabeman.

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.

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