Meadowbrook High School led off a series of three graduations June 7 at the Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University.
School board chairman John Erbach said the class – which walked onto the floor with many smiles and much cheering – was one of the most impressive he’s seen.
Erbach encouraged the group to find their limits and prove people wrong.
“If you try to find your limits, you will be impressed with what you achieve in your life,” he said.
“Our day-to-day actions will determine our future,” salutatorian Tamia Penn told her fellow graduates. “Success is a process. It’s never too late to follow your dreams,” she said, noting that Colonel Sanders didn’t open his first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant until he was 62.
“Everyone makes mistakes, but they do not define us,” she said.
Valedictorian Jasmin Zeineddine encouraged the group of Monarchs to use every flap of their wings to change the world.
Several scholarships and awards were announced at the graduation.
Zeineddine and Welton Williams each received the Superintendent’s Medal for Service and a $1,000 scholarship.
Interim superintendent Donald Fairheart called Williams “the heartbeat of Meadowbrook” and noted that Zeineddine managed the peer-to-peer tutoring program on Saturdays.
Faculty scholarships went to Penn and Jacqueline Campos, while Johnny Tran won the Mack D. Moore Award.