On Tuesday, July 21, the McEachern Class of 2020 celebrated their commencement on a beautiful morning on the field of their very own Cantrell Stadium. It was the 86th commencement ceremony for the historic high school founded by John McEachern in 1908.
Principal Regina Montgomery emceed the event, introducing several students to the podium. Student Body President Micah Booker, Senior Class President Tyriq Hearst, Salutatorian Nathnael Aberra, and Valedictorian Zaynab Bintabdul-Hadijakien were each given the opportunity to say a few words to the graduates and their guests.
“Today feels like we’re leaping into an abyss of uncertainly,” confessed Mr. Aberra. “Like all of us, I stand on the shoulders of giants. Two of my giants left everything behind in Ethiopia and came to America so their kids could have better lives than them.”
His parents would be proud to learn that those sacrifices didn’t go unnoticed.
“I want to be one of the biggest giants for my kids,” Mr. Aberra continued, “so they can be elevated to new heights by standing on my shoulders.”
Immediately before welcoming Board Chair Brad Wheeler to certify the graduation, Principal Montgomery presented the AJC Cup Award to Taylor Hogan. The award recognizes academic and civic excellence in students.
With Mr. Wheeler’s certification of the graduation, the diplomas were handed out. The closing tassel ceremony was hosted by Tyriq Hearst. “As the tassel is moved,” said Mr. Hearst, “so is the lifetime. Where the paths have been chosen, only the journey remains.”
“Please join me,” he continued “in moving your tassel from right to left, signifying that we are graduates of McEachern High School.” Cheers from the crowd and fireworks on the jumbotrons made it official–the Class of 2020 was finished with high school.
Good luck to all McEachern graduates. We wish you the very best in all your future endeavors. You have been well-prepared; now go and make a difference…