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Brantley grads learn to pack

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Donned in their bright green robes, the 2016 Brantley High School senior class took what might be their last walk through the gymnasium Monday night as they took the stage for graduation.

Salutatorian Jake Silva referenced the classic John Hughes movie, “The Breakfast Club,” and asked his class not to let the world give you your identity based on outward appearances and perceptions. He challenged them to defy stereotypes and be who you truly are, regardless of whether or not it is looked upon as favorable.

“As we get older and go into the real world, always remember the famous movie line about the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess and the criminal. Those were labels placed on five individuals by people who didn’t even really know them at all,” Silva said.

 Brantley High School class of 2016 salutatorian Jake Silva poses with his family after graduation. (Photo by Beth Hyatt)

Brantley High School class of 2016 salutatorian Jake Silva poses with his family after graduation. (Photo by Beth Hyatt)

“After spending the day together, they realized they were much more than those labels. Remember to always be yourself and to be happy. Do what makes you happy. Do not allow others to define who you are; be you.”

The class of 2016 received multiple scholarships during the night.

Being an avid traveler, valedictorian Cassidy Catrett has learned how to pack an essential bag quickly thanks to lists found online, but one list did not come to her as she searched: a list for surviving after high school.

Catrett addressed her class and offered words of wisdom (to her class and herself) for figuring out life after high school and all that comes with it.

“As graduates, we are about to set out on the trip of our lives and desperately need an ultimate packing list to truly enjoy the trip. To my class of 2016, I’ve compiled a list,” Catrett said.

“The first item is grit to push through when all is set against you. The next item on the list is vision. Who are you? Who will you be in 20 years? The third item on the list is thick skin. Contrary to popular belief, everything in not all about you. Don’t be vain. The fourth and final item on the list is gumption. My wish for you is that you keep a backpack full of grit, vision, thick skin and gumption for wherever it is life may lead you.”

 Valedictorian Cassidy Catrett addresses the class as graduation comes to a close. (Photo by Beth Hyatt)

Valedictorian Cassidy Catrett addresses the class as graduation comes to a close. (Photo by Beth Hyatt)