Meadowbrook Academy had its largest graduation in history Saturday, celebrating the success of 21 students.
Graduate Kirk Branch, the first graduate in the school’s history to be accepted to a four year college, said his, and his fellow graduates’, success was due to a dedicated staff and student body.
“These graduates are a good example of the people who stayed and worked to get to this point,” he said. “Each of us here has come dome down a separate path. Some were bumpier, wider or harder than others, but we have reached a milestone in our lives. We have all been given wonderful talents and opportunities and we will either use those talents or waste them.
“We need to think about what we want to do,” he added. “We cannot just wait for something to happen. We have to have the motivation to make it happen. I challenge you to never put your hands in your pockets and never stop trying. No matter what life throws your way, keep climbing the ladder.”
Principle David Hicks said the graduation was particularly special given the hardships each graduate had had to overcome.
“These students have overcome obstacles that most adults would never have overcome because they would have given up,” said Hicks. “Some of the students learn quickly while some were a little more stubborn, but they have all made it. You have learned that success only comes to those who are dependable, responsible and dedicated. You have proven that you are now ready to be a part of our community. You know you are prepared. You made this happen. You should be proud of yourselves.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Stewart Hobbs said Meadowbrook Academy was one of the best alternative schools he had ever seen in his entire career.
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