Saturday, May 19, fourteen young adults walked across the stage to receive their high school diploma and to begin their lives as proper community citizens.
Millicent Demps, principal of the S. L. Jones Christian Academy, emceed the event.
All listened attentively as the speaker, Ellison Bennett, gave thoughtful and heartening advice.
“Congratulations on not giving up on yourselves,” Bennett said. “What is important is that you achieve what is important [to you].”
“Whatever you go through, there will be trials but don’t give up,” Bennett continued. “Young men pull your pants up. Respect yourself if you want to get hired. Ladies, do not allow anyone to disrespect you … don’t let anyone hinder you.”
Each graduate received a 2012 voter’s guide to understand the importance of voting and to register.
The 2012 graduating seniors of the academy are: Charles Abbott, Christal Body, Brianna Brown, LaQueshsa Clegg, TheAngelo Coker, Corderris Elery, Jerome Hicks, Kearia Jones, Arie Keys, Andre A. Kuehn, Tyler McCastle, DaMarcus Payne, Khadijah Ranaldson, and Shantra Thompson.