Meadowbrook Academy graduated 18 students on Saturday afternoon at First Christian Church in King.
Principal David Hicks told the young adults they earned their diploma and he was thankful to have played a small part in their accomplishment. He urged this year’s class to take a moment to thank their parents.
“After years of child rearing they suddenly find themselves unemployed,” he said to a laugh from the sanctuary. “This is a tough day for them. The secret to success is to be polite and respectful to others, particularly your parents.”
It’s your family that has seen your first steps, the principal said.
“When we’re born, we learn to crawl, then we take the first step in life. Thus, begins the constant motion to keep moving forward. As we move forward, we take more steps. There’s many steps in life to be made.
“When you went to kindergarten, you took that first step towards your diploma and education. When you grew up you learned you had choices, each of those choices took you to another first step,” the principal said.
There were the important leaps from middle to high school.
Hicks acknowledged many of the students had been faced with challenges and some of their steps had taken them in the wrong direction.
Simply learn from it, he said.
“Steps will teach you how to be a good person, a good friend, a good citizen. Steps teach you can’t stand still in life, you have to keep stepping and you have to keep walking. Today, this is a big step. Congratulations,” he said with a smile.
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.