Tri-Cities Prep Principal Arlene Jones left the 25 graduates of the Class of 2013 with a short list of wishes as she spoke to them for the final time as their teacher.
“My greatest wish for you is that you are happy,” Jones said. “Happiness comes when we recognize the value of others in our lives.”
Jones also challenged her students during Saturday’s graduation inside the school’s gym to not just exist in the world, but to “choose to grow.”
The graduates earned over $550,000 in scholarships and will attend 13 different colleges.
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The Class of 2013 also participated in 5,000 community service hours throughout the school year.
Valedictorian Madelyn LeBrun spoke to her close-knit group of classmates about remembering the past and being excited for what the future holds. She praised Prep for preparing students both academically and socially for the next step in life.
“These will not be the best four year of our lives,” she said. “The best is yet to come.”
The Salutatorian Madelyn Noble also was honored for her hard work.
And several students remembered former Tri-Cities Prep Athletic Director Ray Whitlow, who died earlier this year in a car wreck.
LeBrun also was honored with the Leadership Award, Madison Coffey received the Service Award, Christopher Powers earned the Spirit Award and John Hylden was given the Award for Excellence.