The diplomas were received, the tassels turned and the red caps flung high May 18 at the Classic Center in Athens as Madison County’s Class of 2012 said “goodbye” to high school.
Valedictorian Samantha LaZear said graduation day has been in the graduates’ minds for years.
“When starting high school your freshman year, you have this idea in your head of how perfect high school is going to be and plan everything out, however midway through your freshman year you start dreaming of this very day when you can walk across this stage, receive your diploma and finally graduate,” said LaZear. “We will look back on our high school years and reminisce on all the memories we have made.”
LaZear said she looks to Tim Tebow for inspiration, because she said he does not follow the crowd.
“You might not be Tim Tebow’s number one fan, but he has proven himself and his character through his actions on and off the field,” said LaZear, who has signed a softball scholarship with the University of Georgia. “Former Gator or not, he’s someone I look up too and hopefully some day he will call me for a date, and believe me, that’s saying a lot for a future Dawg.”
LaZear urged her fellow classmates to strive for something more than “average.”
“We spend tremendous energy on merely being normal or average when that energy can be used for so much more,” said LaZear. “So class of 2012, are we going to be average or be better? It’s our time to burn brighter than the sun and bask in the excellence that is today.”
Speaker Steven Resby said that “God put 86,400 seconds in the day.”