Members of North East High School’s Class of 2019 graduated on Thursday, June 6, during the school’s 100th annual commencement ceremony.
The class of 2019 was made up of 114 students. Of those students, 32 earned a grade point average of 3.8 or higher. Eleven members of the class also have plans to enlist for military service.
Cayla Meyer was named the class valedictorian.
In her speech, Meyer thanked her family for their support and guidance. She thanked the audience for their support of her fellow graduates.
“The 100th class of North East wouldn’t be on stage without your support,” she said.
Meyer went on to advise her peers to continue striving for excellence in all they pursue.
“If you always give 100 percent, then you’ve been successful on your own terms,” Meyer said. “The best results and the proudest moments come when we work the hardest.”
She went on to note that the Class of 2019 has always worked hard. Meyer asked members of the graduating class to stand if they had been participated in any of the following: sports, arts, clubs, volunteer organization and more. By the end, every student was standing.
“The Class of 2019 has been consistently hardworking,” Meyer said. “We have been incredibly involved in our school and community.”
Also speaking at the commencement ceremony was class salutatorian Sarah Wakley.
Wakley spoke about how advice from her grandmother has continued to motivate her. While she said her grandmother told her many things, one phrase stuck out — “stay strong.”
Wakley then gave the same advice to her classmates.
“Stay strong means more than just get well soon or that things will get better eventually,” she said. “It means rise above the low valleys and stay empowered. Don’t allow the struggles to overwhelm you.”
One special member of the Class of 2019 was also honored — foreign exchange student Kazuo Inami, of Japan.
Inami was recognized by Student Council President Abby Powell.
After the speeches, the Class of 2019 was presented by Class President Payton Lanahan, recommended by Principal Regan Tanner and accepted by Superintendent Dr. Frank McClard.
McClard congratulated the students on all of their hard work and achievements. He also wished them the best of luck in their future endeavors.
The commencement ceremony also included a keynote address from Mark Hughes and performances by the NEHS band and chorus.