HARMAN - Fourteen Harman School students received their high school diplomas Thursday night, reaching an educational milestone years in the making.
The ceremony featured speeches by the home room advisor, valedictorian and salutatorian in addition to the presentation of diplomas.
The homeroom advisor, Jonnie Ann Lane Skidmore, told the students about the comforts they were leaving behind as they graduated, but also the challenges and successes they will experience in future endeavors.
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Harman School valedictorian Dolton Douglas Mullenax addresses the graduating class Thursday at Harman School.
"You are about to leave behind the safety and security of high school for the uncertainty and adventures of the rest of your lives. When you were a child, your parents were responsible for your growth, but now you are," Skidmore said. "You are about to face many changes in your life but, without change, we do not grow."
"This may be a little scary at times, but you have been given the tools and knowledge to learn and succeed in life. There also will be times that you make the wrong decision, but that does not make you a failure, it makes you human. Acknowledge your mistakes and use it as a reminder of 'what not to do next time,'" Skidmore added.
The valedictorian, Dolton Douglas Mullenax, spoke to his classmates about the good times the group has shared over the years.
"All these years at Harman School, I have earned a great deal of knowledge, not just from the teachers, but also from my classmates; lessons of friendship, trust, loyalty, citizenship and what is right and wrong," Mullenax said. "These are what the 13 people on this stage have taught me and, for that, I will always be grateful. Remember all the unforgettable moments that we have shared over the years, and cherish them as much as I do."
Mullenax closed his speech by urging his friends to look for the good in everything they do and not allow the negatives in life to stop them from chasing their dreams.
"In closing, I would like to remind you to find the good in everything you face and try to look beyond the bad. I would like to leave you with a quote from Walt Whitman, 'Keep your face always toward sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you," Mullenax added.
The salutatorian, Clayton Keith Mallow, talked about the time his classmates have spent together.
"Most of us have spent the last 13 years together, but now it is time for us to part ways and travel down our own road. I hope this is not true for us, but when we leave this building tonight, we may never see each other again." Mallow said. "We have had some good times together during our time here at Harman, and I think I speak for everyone in my class when I say that Harman High School is the best school ever."
Graduates in the Harman School class of 2014 are Christopher Edward Alt, Tyler Jacob Arbogast, Dakota Christopher Bennett, Kenna Breanna Bennett, Macey Alexandria Hedrick, Casey Michelle Eye, Christina Marie Eye, Ethan Lynn Fortney, James David Frazier, Alexa Ann Lawson, Clayton Keith Mallow, Dolton Douglas Mullenax, Jacob Wayne Ray and Bryan Matthew Roy.