The bleachers of Rappahannock High School’s gymnasium were packed with family and friends of the Class of 2018. They waited and talked, milling about to find seats and others to talk to. The digital clock struck 9 a.m., and the band kicked into gear, playing Pomp and Circumstance to the arrival of the faculty of RHS and the arriving, soon-to-graduate seniors, dressed in red gowns, some adorned with cords and cloths of different colors.
The morning saw not one, not two, but five student speakers, who Principal David Ferguson called, “the top of their class.” They were Ian Michael Lewis, Meredith Allen Slaw, Andrew Vance Bell, Matthew Hunter Delano, and Kagan Zachary Hall.
“Each of you have a special place in my heart,” he continued. “Today is about our community. They represent our community to the fullest… you have shown me what it means to be a Raider.”
“This is it, this is the last time we’ll all be in the same room together,” Lewis said. “This is our starting line. Now we branch off and we do our own thing… Life starts now.”
“We have to believe in ourselves and believe all our hopes are achievable,” said Slaw. “Be a Raider and set the pace.”
Bell talked about his procrastination, and how it was actually strategy. He quoted T.S. Elliot, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”
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