Denbigh graduates celebrate family and accomplishments

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An hour before they walk across stage and into adulthood, the graduates of Denbigh High School are busy expertly placing their caps and talking excitedly with their peers. Inside, the chorus, an integral part of the ceremony, makes its final preparations. The Hampton Coliseum is abuzz with the excitement and optimism that only a graduation ceremony can bring.

This excitement was magnified by senior class president Tiana Johnson's remarks on the future.

"Every path leads to a new and exciting journey, but we all must start with one small step. With every small step we take we create fond memories that will stick with us forever," she said. "Hopefully those memories will always remind us of our strengths, our accomplishments and our potential to have an extremely bright future."

Johnson also reflected on the family-like atmosphere of the high school and how this nurturing environment allowed each graduate to succeed in his or her own way.

Salutatorian Karissa Carter continued the theme by thanking the teachers who have pushed her to succeed, as well as the friends she met along the way.

Valedictorian Tanner Loper spoke on how this nurturing community will help them succeed in the future, but encouraged the graduates to be optimistic about leaving the nest.

"At this moment we're all standing in the door frame, looking out into the world. And it belongs to us. No longer can we stay inside the shelter of youth ... and imagine what we're going to when we're older, because we're there," he said. "It is time for us to allow our imagination to blossom and for our hopes to become truths."

The Denbigh School chorus performed the National Anthem and an arrangement of "I Was Here."

Graduates were offered $3,000,800 in scholarships and academic awards and 29 percent of seniors graduated with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Denbigh High School

Total school enrollment: 1297

Class of 2017: 241

Student speakers: Tiana N. Johnson, Karissa D. Carter, Tanner D. Loper

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