Seaford High School class of 2015 celebrates its accomplishments

By Lynn Schofer

Seaford High School must be something right within the walls of the Blue Jays Nest. On Friday evening the commencement for the class of 2015 was held with plenty of great and exciting things to celebrate.

Among the 168 graduating seniors there are 35 National Honor Society members and seven Honor Key members. The Presidential Excellence Award was awarded to 44 members and senior Shania Trammell was recognized for five years of participation in the English Academic Challenge Program. The class graduated 10 members of the Business Professionals of America, nine Family, Career & Community Leadership members, and nine Future Farmers of America Senior Leadership members.

Principal Terry Carson introduced distinguished guests and welcomed the graduates, family, and friends. Senior class advisor Penny Austin-Richardson said, "This is an emotional evening; I wish you the best in your future and I hope you had the time of your lives."

The senior class wowed everyone with their dance to the song "Time of My Life." Richardson proudly introduced her son, Class President Nash Richardson, who will enter the Naval Academy July 30.

"It is an honor to stand here with my class, we represent success and triumph," Nash Richardson said. "We have students that traveled the country competing in academic and athletic competitions bringing great publicity to our school."

Richardson announced to a thunderous applause, "Our class received $4.9 million in scholarships." The Class president told his classmates, "It is important for us to lead and adjust our own sails. Don't let someone else decide your future."

Seaford School Board President and alumnus Mike Kraft said, "I'm proud to say I sat exactly where you are 30 years ago today. I have witnessed firsthand the success of this class. I with the over 140 current employees welcome you into our group of Blue Jay alumni. Above all I wish that you will succeed, with success, above all the successors."

Superintendent David Perrington spoke of the future of Seaford School District, "These seniors played a role in the movement where respect, leadership, commitment are not just words but became a way of life."

Perrington spoke of first days and memories and said to the class, "Today is another first day, you will have only one day that is your high school graduation.

My wish for you is that you will have a lifetime of first days." Commencement speaker Dr. Omari Simmons, a Milford Senior High graduate and Professor of Law at Wake Forest University said, "You are not alone; Keep inspiring us and bring out the best in others wherever your journey takes you."

Carson introduced and congratulated Salutatorian Trung Tin Pham who is graduating with a GPA of 104.51 and will enter Drexel University to study computer science and technology.

Valedictorian Tuyet-Kha Nguyen graduates with a GPA of 104.86 and will enter George Washington University addressed her classmates, "Every emotion seems to be taking center stage. We are torn between excitements for our futures to the melancholy of leaving our classmates. Today marks a pivotal moment, the first time every member of the class of 2015 have been together on this stage; ironically today marks the last time the class of 2015 will be together on this stage. Without the support of our teachers, friends, administrators, and family we would not all be gathered on this stage tonight and we must thank each and every person that helped us get to this moment."

In her presentation to the class Carson said, "As happy as this evening is there is just a little sadness personally because I will sincerely miss you. Collectively you are the most diverse, talented, funny, intelligent, artisitic collection of personalities that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing."

The theme and focus to change the climate and culture of Seaford High was shared with the audience and the role that students play. "These are truly remarkable students who are leading the change," said Carson, who reminded the class of the five standards and provided each graduate with a small card as a gift inscribed with the standards. "Be attractive, not distractive; be in class or have a pass; participate so you will graduate; smart tech use not abuse; and Blue Jay Pride far and wide." Carson told the class, "You will always be a Blue Jay; spread your wings and be proud of your accomplishments."

The Class of 2015 officers are Nash Richardson, President; Richard Lamontagne, Vice-President; Rebecca Zachry, Secretary; Mekenna Richardson, Treasurer; Kiaja Kane, Historian; Felicia Ell, Member-at -Large.

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