Hail to the conquerors

A sea of Cavalier blue caps bobbed up and down as the Class of 2015 rose to accept their diplomas.

A sea of Cavalier blue caps bobbed up and down as the Class of 2015 rose to accept their diplomas.

FLINT TWP. — Besides earning a record $4.8 million in scholarship offers, the Carman-Ainsworth High School Class of 2015 distinguished itself in many ways, said Susan Carter, a long-time high school counselor who was the keynote speaker at last week’s graduation

“Sitting among all of you tonight in this class of 292 students, are 107 who are graduating with academic honors,” Carter said.

Also there are multiple recipients of full-ride scholarships including four to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and one to Cornell University. The class includes several all-state athletes and one Miss Basketball nominee. Students also ranked high in district and state level band and robotics competitions, donated 40 holiday baskets and gave 94 units of blood, she said.

Carter sent them off with the same advice she gave them at their eighth-grade orientation four years ago.

°Show Up. Attendance is a crucial life skill. Be where you are supposed to be. Others are depending on you.

•Work Hard. Give your best each and every day.

•Be honest. When you make a mistake, own it and move forward.

•Be kind.

•Have fun along your way. You are only passing through here one time so go for the gusto.

Encouraging them to do something to make the world a better place, she praised the appropriateness of their Class Quote:

“Each of us has different talents, different dreams and different destinations but we all have the same power to make a new tomorrow.” —Author unknown.

Taylor Brooks, senior class vice president, reminded her classmates that their strength is reflected by their chosen class song: “Conqueror” by Estelle and Jussie Smollett.

I’d rather stand tall

Than live on my knees

‘Cause I’m a conqueror

And I won’t accept defeat

Try telling me no

One thing about me

Is I’m a conqueror

“I hope as we all go out into the world to begin the next chapter in our lives, when life throws something difficult at you, stand tall and go get whatever you are reaching for just like you did with this diploma,” Brooks said. “Remember, we the class of 2015 are conquerors.”

The Class Flower – the Asiatic Lily – known for its hardiness, was presented to each graduate as they exited the stage after receiving their diploma.

The Class Gift was a new soccer field scoreboard and $500 to the incoming freshman class to set the example of the importance of giving back, said Jimmy Shelton, a class presenter.

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