FLORENCE, S.C. – The Timmonsville High School class of 2019 is the perfect metaphor for growth, Principal Tonya Addison said during the Friday afternoon graduation ceremony at the Florence Center.

“You symbolize growth for Timmonsville High School,” Addison said.

The 48 seniors collectively earned $1,055,836 in scholarships.

Ke’Zirah Easterling was named the valedictorian and Tempest Hudson was named the salutatorian.

Easterling spoke about the class of 2019’s resilience and family-like sprit.

“It’s up to us to prove the doubters wrong that great things will come and continue to come out of Timmonsville,” Easterling said. “Times are going to get rough, but let your rough times motivate you to go higher and higher to many places.”

Hudson encouraged her classmates to strive for success.

“Here we have had a high degree of academic excellence, and whether you intend to continue your education or not, you will benefit from what you’ve learned here,” Hudson said. “So go out and do the best you can, and I wish you all nothing but the best in life.”

At the end of the ceremony, Addison led the turning of the tassels and the alma mater. Students cheered and took selfies to commemorate their last moments as a Whirlwind.

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