By Susanne Reynolds
THOMASVILLE — Thomas County Central’s seniors entered the gymnasium one last time as a class to celebrate their ultimate accomplishment as Yellow Jackets.
On Saturday at 10 a.m., 306 members of the class of 2014 received their diplomas at the Thomas County Central High Gymnasium. The group featured 39 honor graduates.
During her address, Salutatorian Kaylee Shaver thanked the teachers and families who supported the class throughout the years.
Shaver, the daughter of Bill and Robin Shaver, said she will cherish the memories of various field trips and parties her class enjoyed. The University of Georgia-bound student also explained that she and her classmates will always be Yellow Jackets in everything they do.
“Being a Yellow Jacket is about pride and love,” she said. “It’s about the passion for the game and performance. When we walk off the field for the last time, our hearts crumble, but we will always be Thomas County Central High School Yellow Jackets.”
Valedictorian Lauren Rich discussed overcoming hardships.
“Life rarely turns out like it should,” she said. “We can’t change the situation, but we can change the way we look at it.”
Rich gave examples of frustrations people face on a daily basis, such as standing in line at the grocery store. She encouraged the class to see the beauty in everything.
“It’s not a chore. It’s an opportunity,” Rich said. “Offer smiles and kind words every chance you get. No matter how small you think the something is, there will be ripples.
“Life if won by those who appreciate the small things.”
Lauren Rich is the daughter of Bahan Rich and Michelle Ian. She plans to attend the University of Georgia and major in telecommunications.