MARION, S.C. – Marion High School closed the school year Thursday night graduating 135 students.
Valedictorian Emily Grace Graham said she is going to miss her classmates and was proud to represent.
“I was really excited, because I worked really hard the past four years,” she said. “It meant a lot. I never thought this day would come, but it comes fast. I don’t think you realize that until your senior year.”
Graham plans to attend the University of South Carolina to study early childhood education and become an elementary school teacher.
Graham said she focused on academics a lot but was able to find balance as a student.
Her advice to the next class is to have fun, because the years go by fast.
Salutatorian Aundrea Gibbons aspires to become a lawyer and will be heading to Clemson University to study philosophy with an emphasis in law, liberty and justice.
“It means the world to me and has been a dream of mine for a long time,” she said. “I just hope this encourages a lot of people like me that they can do it as well.”
Principal Daris Gore wrapped up her third year at Marion High School and said she looks forward to what her students do in the future.
“They are an awesome group of students with the potential to do great things in the future,” Gore said. “I’m very proud of them and look forward to their success.”
Marion County School District Superintendent Dr. Kandace Bethea said the district is celebrating.
“We are so excited for our seniors and we feel like we have prepared them well,” she said. “We just look forward to hearing great things from each of them and celebrating their achievements.