Graduation ceremonies were held at two Georgetown County high schools Thursday night.
At Andrews High, 149 students walked across the stage to receive diplomas.
Salutatorian Jessie Carter told her fellow classmates they have “developed into young men and women ready to take on the world” and they have all “accomplished something to be proud of.”
Carter, during her speech, said they were “celebrating the knowledge they have gained.”
“You can make the next chapter of your life anything you want. It is up to you to decide where it is you go,” Carter said.
Valedictorian Caleb Cohen described graduation as the “gateway to the real world.”
He used King David as the centerpiece for his speech, saying high school was a big challenge — the way Goliath was a giant challenge for David.
“Our being here tonight proves the giant is dead,” Cohen said.
He said as the students move on to college or the workplace, “more will be expected on a daily basis. Smoking, drinking and criminal activity will be more tempting than ever. There will be less tolerance for failure.
He said God is the reason for his academic success.
“God’s love remains strong. Thank God we made it,” he said in conclusion.
Carvers Bay High
The 88 students who made up the Carvers Bay High Class of 2012 were all cheers as valedictorian Karra McCray concluded her speech by saying the world is not ending this year as predicted by the Mayans
“The world is not ending. We are just taking it over. Let’s take this upside down world and turn it right side up,” McCray said.
A surprise announcement was made near the end of the ceremony when State Rep. Carl Anderson said his House aide has graduated college and he has chosen McCray — who will attend the University of South Carolina — to fill the post.
Salutatorian Ariel Graham said graduation is the time she and her classmates have been anticipating for 13 years.
“Of the 1460 days of high school, 720 have been spent inside these walls. With teachers we loved. Championships have been won and lost. You are the 2012 Carvers Bay High family. We may be a dysfunctional one but we are a family,” Graham said.
Georgetown and Waccamaw High Schools hold graduation ceremonies this evening.
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