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Tar River Academy bids farewell to graduates

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The Winter 2018 Graduating Class of Tar River Academy stand with Principal Leon Dupree, far right, and Assistant Principal Irv Glenn II, far left.

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From Contributed Reports

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tar River Academy bid farewell to 26 seniors, who graduated on Jan. 26 during the mid-year commencement ceremony held in the school’s auditorium.

Members of the Winter Class of 2018 have various plans after graduation, as 19 will attend two-year colleges, two will enlist in the military and five will enter the workforce. Keylizha Anthony was the class valedictorian and Micah Hill was the salutatorian.

During the ceremony, Principal Leon Dupree gave the opening remarks and encouraged graduates to continue working to achieve their goals and dreams.

“Continue with the determination to win and with the spirit of being successful in your life. You won this chapter of your life by being a Tar River Academy graduate,” Dupree said. “As a Tar River Academy Phoenix, you have the determination to take on new challenges and obstacles and be successful.”

The ceremony was the first graduation for Dupree as principal of Tar River Academy. Keylizha Anthony, the class valedictorian, reflected on her time at the school.

“Tar River Academy taught me how to persevere even when I felt like I couldn’t,” she said.

Anthony also had a word of encouragement for the graduating class.

“There might be mistakes or challenges after today, but Tar River taught us to face our mistakes and challenges with a smile and turn them into success,” she said.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Chief of Staff Brian Miller attended the ceremony to present diplomas and congratulate the graduating class.ai“I am so proud of this graduating class for what they have accomplished. They stayed the course and finished strong. I know they have bright futures ahead of them,” Miller sid.

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