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Viking seniors bid farewell at graduation

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 5/13/2013

RICHMOND — Central Heights High School seniors hugged parents and family members in the crowded gymnasium for the last time as students Saturday afternoon.

Minutes later, those seniors walked across the stage to collect their diplomas as Central Heights graduates during the Class of 2013 commencement ceremony.

RICHMOND — Central Heights High School seniors hugged parents and family members in the crowded gymnasium for the last time as students Saturday afternoon.

Minutes later, those seniors walked across the stage to collect their diplomas as Central Heights graduates during the Class of 2013 commencement ceremony.

Alexis Dryden, class president and valedictorian, talked during her address about the bond the 41 seniors had shared during their four years at Central Heights. On behalf of the class, Dryden thanked teachers, parents and family for their support.

Quoting Winston Churchill, Dryden told fellow graduates: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Whether her classmates wanted to become a speech pathologist, an auto mechanic or a rock star, Dryden urged them to pursue their dreams to the fullest.

Picking up their diplomas Saturday were Savannah Georgia Alley, Drew Stephen Beckwith, Nastasja Diane Marie Carlson, Dustin Jerome Asbury, Ashley Marie Brashier, Michael S. Dimauro Jr., Julia Dawn Barron, Trevor Dayne Burkdoll, Alexis A. Dryden, Austin Michael King, Morgan Anthony Holloman, Brandon Lee Englund, Ariel Adura Lambert, Lindsey Victoria Howard, Josephine Marie Fermyn, Caleb Joseph Lickteig, Derik S. Johnson, Cody A. George, Robert James Louden II, Kyle J. Miller, Christy Ann Pryor, Cody Dale McCarty, Joshua N. Overton, Morgan Elaine Scheckel, Katelyn Marie Meldahl, Adam M. Pryor, Allison Nicole Schulz, Samantha Anne Stegner, Christopher S. Snow, Dillon J. Schwab, Amanda Ann Stevenson, Justin W. Springer, Philip Keith Shrimpton, Jordan David Smith and Priscilla Marie White-Day. 

Tom Horstick, Central Heights principal, told graduates to be proud of their accomplishments but to not be satisified.

“Set your goals high, and live life to the fullest,” Horstick said. “Make a difference in the world.”

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