Northview High School graduates move their tassels from right to left, signifying the end of their high school careers during the NHS graduation ceremony Saturday afternoon in Bratt.
Northview High School graduates move their tassels from right to left, signifying the end of their high school careers, during the NHS graduation ceremony Saturday afternoon in Bratt.

Chief responsibility

Published 6:01pm Saturday, June 1, 2013

Members of the Northview High School class of 2013 said goodbye to high school life Saturday in Bratt, but were reminded the responsibility they have to further develop their gifts is only just beginning.

Valedictorian Jazzlyn Franklin.
Valedictorian Jazzlyn Franklin.

 

Escambia County (Fla.) Superintendent Malcolm Thomas was on hand for the occasion and wished the graduating class the best of luck, while reminding them of what they have accomplished thus far.“This is a class that truly works hard and plays hard,” Thomas said. “But remember, you can’t reach new heights sitting on your bottoms.”

Thomas also echoed the old adage that people who do what they love never have to work a day in their lives.

“The highest accomplishment a person can receive is to find a way to blur the line between working and playing,” he said.
NHS Principal Gayle Weaver said the class of 2013 will always stand out in her mind.

“I can usually stand here and say a class has been good or a class has been great,” Weaver said.  “I can’t honestly stand here and say that about this class. This class has been awesome.”

Salutatorian Winston Riley.
Salutatorian Winston Riley.

Thomas also congratulated the class on their academic success, as nine percent graduated with a grade point average higher than 4.0, as well as their athletic success, which included the school’s first ever football state championship.

“The best prize that life has to offer is to work hard for something that is worth doing,” Thomas said.

NHS Valedictorian Jazzlyn Franklin and Salutatorian Winston Riley were also acknowledged prior to the more than 100 members of the 2013 class receiving their diplomas.

 

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