North Dorchester 2018 graduation

Kalifa Warren beamed as she approached the stage with her classmates on May 30, at the beginning of North Dorchester High School’s Class of 2018 graduation ceremony.

Kalifa Warren beamed as she approached the stage with her classmates on May 30, at the beginning of North Dorchester High School’s Class of 2018 graduation ceremony.

SHILOH — The North Dorchester High School Class of 2018 graduated on May 30, before an auditorium packed with family members and local dignitaries. Following a welcoming address by Class President Michael Nossick, NDHS Assistant Principal Benjamin Hosch introduced Salutatorian Emily Fehsenfeld.

While she acknowledged that her classmates might be experiencing a twinge of fear as they prepared to leave the school and face new challenges, “We have spent the last 18 years of our lives preparing for these battles,” she said.

“It’s a fresh start,” Ms. Fehsenfeld continued. “We must simply be brave enough to keep moving forward.”

The commencement address was delivered by Science Teacher Dan Hortert, who drew on his 44 years at ND — and the students’ own experiences — for his words of advice. “Those memories provide a basis for you to transition to adult life,” he said.

He told the class to remember where they come from, to search for balance, and to strive for happiness.

Valedictorian Leah Smith said, “I know there is no other school in the world with the spirit of North Dorchester High School.”

While it was the end of one stage in the lives of the Class of 2018, the ceremony marked the beginning of another. “We are just embarking on this grand adventure,” Ms. Smith said.

Diplomas were presented by Superintendent of Dorchester County Schools Dr. Diana Mitchell, assisted by President of the Board of Education Glenn Bramble. Awards were presented by Principal Jacqueline Sorrells and Assistant Principal Erin Fitzgerald.

Class of 2018 officers were President Michael Nossick, Vice President Leah Smith, Secretary Georgie Turner, Treasurer Heather Lowe and Spirit Chairperson Kalifa Warren. Class color was gold, graduating colors were navy blue and white.

Class advisers were Philip Albert and Adam Wilson. Senior Counselor was LaSina Branch. Class mottoes were, “What feels like the end is often just the beginning,” and “We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.”

“Tonight, we choose hope,” Ms. Fehsenfeld said. “We choose to rise.”

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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