Throughout a commencement ceremony that was each inspiring and emotional, 16 Emerson Academy college students accepted their highschool diplomas amidst cheers and thunderous applause from their family and friends members. Regardless of the various trials tribulations that surrounded this college 12 months, the Class of 2021 was all smiles throughout Monday evening’s graduation ceremony.
Principal Kevin Thompson acknowledged the scholars at Emerson Academy for his or her resilience and persistence all through your entire COVID-19 pandemic.
In quoting former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Owensboro Public Faculties Superintendent Matthew Fixed informed the scholars, “Power doesn’t come from successful.”
“Your struggles develop your power,” he mentioned. “Once you undergo hardships and determine to not give up, you turn out to be sturdy.”
As the scholars accepted their diplomas, Thompson shared particulars about every of their journeys to commencement. Some had endured with their schooling after having a baby. Some had labored full-time jobs all through highschool, whereas others had moved to Owensboro from one other metropolis throughout their senior 12 months.
Whereas every pupil’s journey towards commencement was distinctive, they shared one frequent trait that Thompson highlighted time and again: dedication.
Fixed named every of the 16 graduates by title, commending them for being “flat-out miraculous.”
“You didn’t surrender, and take a look at you now,” he mentioned. “You might be doing what a few of you thought may by no means occur. If you may get to this place right this moment, you are able to do something.”
Thompson thanked the mother and father of every pupil, the OPS board of schooling, and the employees at Emerson Academy for his or her unrelenting help in pushing every pupil to succeed.
“They’re consistently trying to find methods to supply our college students extra,” he mentioned. “There’s by no means a day I hear academics in our constructing saying they need they had been doing one thing else.”
As for the scholars, Thompson inspired them to proceed persevering, and to imagine in themselves by way of the nice and unhealthy instances alike.
“When folks let you know it gained’t make a lot of a distinction, show them mistaken,” he mentioned.
Emerson Academy additionally offered the primary annual Jazaray Weaver Award through the ceremony to honor the late 2020 graduate who “tragically” handed away.
Jareauna Fletcher was honored with the award due to her sturdy work ethic and constructive angle during the last 12 months.