WILLIAMSBURG - Jamestown High School set a class of about 300 graduates loose on the world Saturday - or at least a good part of the United States.
According to Jamestown Principal Catherine Worley, members of the class of 2015 will be attending colleges in "18 state and Washington, D.C." in the fall.
"This class has five National Merit Scholarship finalists and seven National Merit Commended Students," she said.
The class also has three honors graduates.
Jamestown's 2015 valedictorian and salutatorian are Mayee Chen and Christy Coghlan respectively.
Chen was also one of the two students, chosen by the staff and faculty from student nominations to give commencement speeches.
Chen's speech was titled "Nosce Te Ipsum," Latin for "know yourself," a challenge that she said all the graduates would face as the moved on from high school and adopted new roles.
She said knowing oneself is the way to determine one's capabilities and limitations.
Feliz Stafford, the other commencement speaker, spoke of overcoming limitations in a speech titled "Trig Did Not Win," about how she had to take Trigonometry, which was hard for her, again in order to erase a bad grade from her transcript.
"It was hard work and it was time consuming," she said. "At the end I got a solid 'B' and I've never been so proud of myself."
She said hard work and reaching out to a helpful support system, in this case friends, family and faculty, are key to getting through life's difficulties.