MULLINS, S.C. – Mullins High School celebrated the final day for 96 seniors with a graduation ceremony in a packed gymnasium Friday night.
Principal Michael Stone said the 2019 class earned more than $2 million in scholarship awards.
“My hope for you is that you will make the past 12 years stand for something,” Stone said. “Allow it to represent your work ethic, dedication and perseverance.”
Valedictorian Thomas Guy will be attending the College of Charleston. He plans to major in astronomy.
“I’m not really sure how I feel,” he said. “What I learned from the teachers and the faculty and the memories I made with my friends is what I enjoyed the most.”
Guy said he balanced academics with the support of his friends and reminders from teachers.
Guy said his career goals include becoming a teacher and a professor.
Salutatorian Kiersten White’s work has paid off. She is headed to Lander University to study nursing.
“It’s been wonderful,” she said of graduating with her classmates. “It’s actually been very emotional. I hate to say goodbye, but I have to start a new chapter in life.”
White said her advice to fellow students is to focus on academics.
Stone said the night was to celebrate the students and their accomplishments.
“The Class of 2019 was one of the most compassionate, determined and most genuine classes that I have seen in years,” he said. “Even when challenges came from hurricanes and floods, this class unified as one to persevere.”
Stoned called it a true honor to be their principal.