Deerfield-Windsor School Valedictorian, and Dougherty County STAR Student, Kaitlyn Yarborough addresses her classmates and the crowd during the school's 2013 Commencement Exercise Sunday Afternoon. Fifty-eight seniors received their high school diplomas during the ceremony. (May 19, 2013)
ALBANY, Ga. — All 58 members of Deerfield-Windsor School’s Class of 2013 marched toward their graduation Sunday with mixed emotions. Most said they will always treasure and miss the friendships during their time at DWS, but they also were excitedly looking forward to the future.
“I’m feeling really good right now and I am so ready to do this,” senior Paige Hawke said. “I will miss all of my friends, playing tennis and stuff like that, but it is time to move on.”
Hawke will attend Auburn University in the fall. She plans to major in apparel design.
“I’m nervous and excited at the same time,” Ansley Arrington said. “I will miss my supportive teachers and friends. Everybody in my class grew close to each other. We had fantastic school spirit and it was a lot of fun.
Arrington plans to attend the University of Georgia in the fall. She is undecided as to her major, but said she is leaning toward pharmacy.
“I am excited that I have finally gotten four years under my belt, but I am excited about starting something new,” said Rich Fallaw, who has enrolled at The Citadel. “I am very grateful for the education I received here. Deerfield-Windsor has really prepared me well for the future. The school did a great job of that.”
Class Salutatorian Kate Kimbrel agreed.
“I’d like to thank the faculty and administration for helping us reach the potential that we never knew we had,” she said. “That’s what this place is all about. I feel like I was adopted by not just one person, but by the entire Deerfield family.
“People say that if you can make one good friend in life, then you are lucky. Well, I feel like I have 57 of them sitting behind me.”
Class Valedictorian Kaitlyn Yarborough was a bit nostalgic as she addressed the gathering.
“There is always another mountain to climb, but we’ve all been too busy to realize that what we were doing all along was working toward this day. And all our futures are not the same,” Yarborough, Dougherty County’s STAR Student for 2012-13, said. “This is not a celebration of our past, or our present. This is a celebration of our future. Deciding who we want to be and who we will become is the basis of everything.
“I hope my classmates can do it with grace. We’ll go crying, stumbling and shrieking; all we can do is strive for fulfillment.”
Yarborough then urged her classmates to take chances in life.
“Life is risky and scary,” she said, “but remember we are the trailblazers of this generation.”