The Class of 2019 received their high school diplomas this month, as a total of 3,609 students graduated from Mobile County Public Schools’ 12 high schools and another 25 graduated from Augusta Evans Special School.
MCPSS wishes them all success in college, the workforce or wherever else their future plans take them.
A few words of wisdom shared by 2019 valedictorians at this month’s graduation ceremonies:
“Your time here is the foundation for the rest of your life. It is up to you to grow and build upon it. I have no doubt in my mind that this class is going to change the world as we know it.” — Riley Hutto, Theodore High School.
“You do not have to be the same person you were yesterday, and change is never too late. No, change does not come easy, but every morning think of this quote by Jonathan Lockwood Huie: ‘Breathe in courage. Exhale fear.’ The courage to fulfill your purpose in life without the fear of failing makes something great.” — Charity Timmons, Williamson High School.
“If you have a passion for something, don’t just wish for it. Put your Nikes on and just do it.” — Mac McElroy, Baker High School.
“We do not have the luxury to sit around and wait for opportunity to come to us. We have to go find opportunity. Just like Muhammad Ali said: ‘Don’t count the days, but make the days count.'” — Darien Coleman, LeFlore High School.
“Today, we say goodbye to everything that was familiar and comfortable. We are moving on. As I take my seat, always remember to never let anyone tell you what you cannot do. You should not let the fear of failure stop you from doing things that will make you great.” — Dominique Taylor, Blount High School.