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Cambpbell, Duke awarded White Roses, Burchfield receives Citizenship Award
Seymour sends grads off with wisdom from Geisel
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The DeKalb County High School Class of 2011 officialy ended their high-school careers Friday evening when graduation ceremonies were held at Vanhooser Stadium in Smithville.The graduates were played onto the field by the DCHS band.The DCHS Honors Chorus performed "A Whole New World" from "Aladdin" by Alan Menken.This year's White Rose Awards were presented to Ethan Duke and Britney Campbell.The Citizenship Award was presented to Wesley Burchfield.This award is given each year to a DCHS senior who has demonstrated outstanding service, devotion and loyalty to DeKalb County High School.The White Rose Award is given to a boy and girl from every graduating class for accomplishments in leadership, academics, and other activities.The Citizenship Award is given to the senior who has demonstrated outstanding service, devotion and loyalty to DeKalb County High School.Director of Schools Mark Willoughby shook hands with 160 departing seniors, and handed them their diplomas as their names were called by DCHS Principal Kathy Hendrix.Jonathan Fontanez, the Supervisor of Instruction for grades 7-12 was the guest speaker..Valedictorian Britney Campbell addressed the assembly, telling her fellow graduates that their journey was only beginning;"As each one of us crosses this stage tonight and goes into the world as a high school graduate,” Campbell said, “We cannot take our eyes off of the future.“A very wise chemistry teacher told me this year, "If you're going to be a tree, be the biggest, leafiest tree that stands in the way of everything".“I hope each of you take that statement to heart as I did. We have made many accomplishments to this date, and there is no doubt that we will make even more.“Among us might be the next doctor to discover a treatment for cancer, the next political leader of our country, or even the next astronaut to make it to the moon. For those who believe that this is the end of the journey, you are wrong.“Although this high school journey is ending, an entirely new and even more exciting journey awaits us," Campbell continued."No one knows exactly where we will go in the future, or how we will get there.“As we make our winding maps throughout life, may our paths cross from time to time and may you have success in everything you do.“No mater what profession you choose, where you live, or who you choose to spend the rest of your life with, put everything you have into what you are doing and you will receive just as much in return.“As you go out into the world, just remember, "Wherever you go, go with your heart," Campbell concluded.Class President Tyler Seymour told the class that;"We have developed many long-lasting friendships, and our high school years will always be a big part of us.“Freshmen year we prayed for this day to be here, and we are finally here.“This will be the last time that we will be gathered as the senior class of DCHS.“Thirteen years ago we began our journey, a journey in which we overcame obstacles, created friendships, and obtained memories that we will take everywhere we go in life.“Class of 2011, I wish you the best of luck in what the future holds for you.