106 graduate from Ridgeland-Hardeeville High
Another school year ended for Ridgeland-Hardeeville High as 106 seniors walked across the stage at the old Jasper County High School football field on Friday night.
As graduates, the class of 2017 is ready for the next stage in their lives — college, the military, or the workforce. The graduating class earned $2.8 million dollars in scholarships.
The graduation ceremony also recognized two students, one who was shot and killed two years ago, and another who died from an illness. In honor of the students, family members walked across the stage and were presented with honorary diplomas as the rest of the students cheered.
The words of valedictorian Rosa Millan De Jesus, inspired and resonated with the graduates.
“We have now come to the threshold of adulthood, and soon a decision must be made whether we go to college, join the military, or go into the workforce,” she said. “Whatever we decide on we must remember to have some fire, we must be unstoppable, we will be a force of nature. The word of success will be a synonym of the Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School class of 2017.”
Per the instructions of Superintendent Donald Andrews, the seniors turned their tassels to become graduates, the crowds cheered, and they entered the next phase of their lives.
As they exited the football stadium and their journey as students of RHHS, salutatorian Davontay Dopson had one instruction for them, “Remember where you came from.”