Chesterfield Community High School held their 12th annual Commencement exercises last Saturday afternoon in the Verizon Wireless Stuart C. Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. One hundred sixty-seven graduates received their diplomas.
Along with congratulatory remarks from Marshall Trammell, Chesterfield County School Board representative for the Bermuda District, and Dr. Marcus Newsome, Chesterfield County superintendent, recognitions of prior awards and scholarships were presented to several graduates.
Valedictorian of the class was Samantha Parker. Salutatorian was Kaitlin Davis. Davis, who will be attending MCI to become a registered nurse, addressed her class about what all they went through in trying to get an education and how they all made it to graduation. Parker graduated in January and did not give an address but was recognized on stage. She is attending Bryan Stratton College to become a probation officer.
Recipients of prior awards were: Samantha Parker, WRIC TV 8 Best of the Class; Sherrica Ingram-Harris, Comcast Achievement Award; Adam Coghill, PEER Consortium Scholarship; and Cequan Jones, Allegheny College, MD.
Recipients of scholarships on stage were: Jason Hall, The Julius Taylor Overcoming, Achieving and Dreaming Scholarship; Christie Vantha Sam, Chesterfield County Adult Continuing Education Workforce Education Scholarship; Kaitlin Nicole Davis, The Kiwanis Club of Chester Scholarship; Raheem Jamil Randolph, the Chester Rotary Club Scholarship; Patrick Lynn Mehfoud, Midlothian Rotary Club Scholarship; Taylor Ashliegh Jackson, Midlothian Rotary Club Scholaship; Adam Thomas Cawthorn, CIS Dr. Billy K. Cannaday Scholarship; Maquia NailahBanks, CIS Robert S. Ukrop Scholarship and the GRASP Scholarship; Kaitlin Nicole Davis, CIS William E. Milliken Scholarship; Christian Antonio Flores, Superintendent’s Academic & Citizenship; Kaitlin Nicole Davis, Superintendent’s Academic & Citizenship; Karmel Abu Lewis, GRASP scholarship; Deja Renee Spivey, Kappa Alpha Pi Scholarship; and Amanda Anna McNulty, Jamie Accashian “Whatever It Takes” Scholarship.
Barbara Micou, Communities in Schools Coordinator, who is retiring after 28 years of service, gave the commencement address. She spoke about luck and love and opportunity. She also spoke about what it meant to SOAR, a moniker for their school. She left them with a new meaning to carry with them– instead of Success, Ownership, Attendance and Respect. She went to Show up – Offer to help someone else, Act right and Remember today and your accomplishments.