SHS Valedictorian: Graduates do not be discouraged

Fellow graduates, this is the moment we have been waiting for and here we are!

What we really did not know four years ago, is how fast time would fly.

These past four years are a blur. I look back and remember going to football games, sitting in class, and doing a lot of homework. Maybe it’s the just advanced senioritis, but reflecting on the past is too much work.

It’s traditional for the valedictorian to offer advice, but I feel that I am in no position to give advice. I’m 18 years old. I live with my parents. I have barely worked. If you need advice, ask your parents for guidance. Once they get over the initial shock, they will surprise you. Today is about celebration, not lectures.

As we sit here in the hot sun, sweating in these gowns, we should think about those who have supported us the most.

For each of us, this may be a different network of people. I have a long list of people to thank for my success…God for all my answered prayers, my parents and family for the encouragement and love that they have provided throughout my life, the amazing teachers who have worked countless hours, and my friends and peers for making this a memorable milestone in my life. If it wasn’t for all of you, I would not be up here today.

Graduates, Scotland County will provide us with a sheet of paper and send us out into the world.

I leave you with my favorite Bible verse, Joshua 1:9 which says “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Courtney Gunnells

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Courtney Gunnells is the 2016 valedictorian for Scotland High School. She plans to attend the Esther G. Maynor Honors College at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.


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