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CREEDMOOR — The sun shone brightly as the South Granville High School candidates for graduation made their way to their seats Saturday morning.
The light-blue-clad Vikings were a bit subdued as they remembered a fellow classmate, the late Brooklyn Boone, during the ceremony. Boone would have been a member of the Class of 2019. The participants in the graduation exercise wore a purple ribbon to honor Boone’s memory and Hope Midyette and Haley Franklin sang “A Life That’s Good.”
Salutatorian Emily Wright gave the welcome to the graduation ceremony, but it was more a welcome to the rest of the Class of 2019’s lives.
“Our class has pulled together in good times and bad, from cheering on some of the best teams in the county, #JFWHO, to learning what true strength and perseverance is from the courageous fight from our friend and classmate, Brooklyn Boone. We have grown together, supported one another and although we are going our separate ways, the memories we have made will not be forgotten,” Wright said.
Wright challenged her fellow graduates to be the best they could be at whatever they decided to do in life. She left them with a statement: “Vikings go forth and conquer.”
Valedictorian Simay Ozvatan addressed the seniors as well.
“We are sitting here today, because we earned it,” Ozvatan said. “This is our home, this is where our friends and family are. In a matter of months or even weeks, we might not be here anymore.
“As the new chapter of our lives is written for us, it could take us anywhere. The future is here and the future is scary. The one thing we have, without a doubt is each other.”
Ozvatan reminded the graduates no matter which road you take in life, never forget about your home, your community, don’t forget about South Granville.
“As Ms. Tusa says, ‘Once a Viking, always a Viking,’” Ozvatan said.
Alisa McLean, superintendent of Granville County Public Schools gave the pronouncement of graduates by giving the instruction to “Turn your tassels, let the music begin.”