LAKE CITY, S.C. –Lake City High School valedictorian Alana Janae Fulmore said while the path she and her classmates take may differ, the drive and determination to be successful must be present in each of their lives.
Fulmore, who plans to study nursing at Lander University, addressed the class of 2019 Friday evening during the commencement exercises.
“Manifest destiny tells us that we have a God-given right to go get what’s ours,” Fulmore said. “So go get it. Go get your blessing.”
Fulmore was vice-president of the Ensemble at Lake City High School and sung throughout her valedictorian address. Several points of her speech came from the song “If You Love Me” by Brownstone, which was later sampled by Tory Lanez. Those points are: say it, do it, show it and prove it.
“Speak it into existence,” Fulmore said. “Don’t be afraid to be an ambassador for your ambitions.”
Words are powerful, but Fulmore told her classmates that their actions will speak louder than their words.
“Once your hard work has paid off, and it will, don’t be afraid to share your success with others,” she said. “Your accomplishments may be the motivation that someone else may need.”
This year’s salutatorian is Frances Elaine Singletary. She plans to attend Francis Marion University and major in psychology. Nearly 200 students graduated Friday.
Florence County School District Three Superintendent Laura Hickson said the class of 2019 received 53 LIFE Scholarships, 26 HOPE Scholarships, two Palmetto Fellows Scholarships and other institutional scholarships that total more than $2 million.
Lake City High School Principal Matthew Scandrol said he spoke to a group of the graduates in January about not looking directly in front of them, but looking down the line. He encouraged them at Friday’s graduation to savor and enjoy the moment.
“But remember, always look down the road. Look at what’s coming,” Scandrol said. “See your future. Be your future. It’s out there.”