Gather a group of graduating seniors and the consensus on what they enjoyed most about high school is the friendships they made. Yes, they enjoyed learning something new everyday, the specific programs many had an opportunity to participate in and the challenge of excelling in classes, but, for the most part, they enjoyed their friends.
It was definitely a packed house for the 102nd Commencement of Thomas Dale High School. Five hundred and eighty-eight members of the Class of 2010 graduated on Saturday, June 12. Addressing the graduates and guests, Dr. Marcus Newsome, superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools, said this was the largest-ever class to graduate in the school’s 102-year history.
Addressing the Meadowbrook High School Class of 2010 during the Commencement exercises, Dr. Carolyn Graham, deputy chief administrative officer for the City of Richmond, told the graduates they were beginning a new journey. She said some will find answers for homelessness, on the environment and making the world a better place.
Bilal Sayar, son of Sharif and Anena Sayar, delivered the valedictory address to the Matoaca High School Class of 2010. With plans to study biomedical engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall and a goal of being a neurosurgeon, Sayar gave advice about the future to the 412 seniors during the commencement exercises on Friday, June 11.
Perseverance and knowing yourself were the messages from the top two seniors at L.C. Bird High School and The Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies. Salutatorian Kenneth Andrew Nicholson said there will be catastrophes in life, but the graduates need to persevere and make it through the hard times. “We can persevere,” he said.
Vanessa Santos, daughter of Armando and Clenentina Santos, glowed when she expressed her feelings about reaching the top of her class. As valedictorian for the Class of 2010 at Chesterfield Community High School, Santos told the 154 candidates on Saturday, June 12, that, “[Community] offered us, each of us, just what we needed.”
L.C. Bird High School’s Dr. Nancy Hoover was recently named the 2011 Teacher of the Year for Chesterfield County Public Schools.