Thursday evening 20 young men and women graduated from Richard Winn Academy.
The class received a total of $2,605,484 in scholarships and the students were accepted into a combined 27 different colleges and universities. Two students also received full scholarship offers.
No matter where they are headed in life after high school, valedictorian Alex Maass called upon her classmates to keep their eyes on the horizon and follow their dreams.
No longer would coaches, parents and teacher set the long and short term goals for them, but these students will do that themselves.
“Rely upon faith, hope and love as focal points to drive toward the horizon. Set an example in speech, light, love and purity. The testament to our lives… will be exhibited by those we have changed and inspired,” she said. “Remember you’ll always be able to come back to our roots and the entire Richard Winn Academy family.”
Maas closed by wishing they seek the Lord in all they do because the one who made the universe will lead straighter than any horizon ever could.
Salutatorian Carol Ann Elliott gave a rhymed, at times humorous, account of her classmates, mentioning inside jokes, relationships, and trends and she emphasized the unity among the 20 students.
“We are family,” Elliott said, “and by this school we are bound through the years. In each others’ hearts we can always be found.”