SCHS Holds Commencement For Class of 2013

The Class of 2013 at Stephens County High School receives its diplomas.

The high school held its commencement Friday at the Stephens County High School football stadium.

Stephens County High School Principal Felton Stephens said this class accomplished a lot and he encourages them to continue to make the most of each and every day moving forward.

“God has given you this day to use as you will,” said Stephens. “You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving something in its place that you have traded for it. You want it to be gained, not lost; good, not evil; success, not failure; in order that you may not forget the price you paid for it.”

This year’s valedictorian is Kathryn Knickerbocker.

She said that every choice they have made during their time at Stephens County High School is a stepping stone to the future.

“In the moments when life does not make sense, we must remember that one day, it will,” said Knickerbocker. “We must also remember that it is up to us to make our future what we want it to be. Everyone says that our generation is the future. We are the builders of tomorrow. It is up to us make the world bigger and brighter.”

The salutatorian is Bailey Taylor.

She said this year’s graduates have learned a lot of lessons over their time in school that they can take with them as they move on.

“We have spent the last 13 years becoming who we are today,” said Taylor. “As we leave here, we must remember to value ourselves.”

There were 255 graduates in this year’s class.

Those graduates earned a total of $1.95 million in scholarship money, along with the potential 4-year HOPE scholarship total of nearly $2.73 million.