Danedri Thompson
More than 260 Gardner Edgerton High School graduates from the class GEHS Principal Tim Brady calls “perhaps the finest to walk the halls of our high school” collected diplomas May 21.
Brady  said members of the GEHS Class of 2010 had the most achievements of any class in school history, incl
uding the number of seniors who scored 32 or higher on their ACT tests.
“But the achievements of this class go beyond the classroom,” Brady told a large crowd of family and friends of the graduates during commencement ceremonies at the district activity complex.
“What a journey this has been,” senior class president Preston Pyle told his classmates during his commencement address.
He said class members created a lot of memories between starting kindergarten 4,658 days earlier. Now, he said, class members are stuck between high school and the real world.
“I cannot wait to leave,” he said. “…It’s over. That’s all she wrote.”
He offered two bits of advice to his fellow graduates.
First, he said, time flies. He encouraged class members to take advantage of every moment.
He said his second piece of advice was related to the first.
“It’s so important in life to do what you want,” Pyle said.
Greg Welch, senior English teacher and guest speaker, also offered advice to the graduates. His speech, “AP (Advanced Placement) Life,” offered 50 sayings for audience members and graduates to ponder.
“There are certain lessons that might actually advance you further and faster in certain life moments,” Welch said.
His final piece of advice is something Welch tells his classes often.
“The time has arrived for us to look through the windshield – not the rearview mirror,” he said.
In his address, he added to the advice the class selected as its class motto.
“Just as the objects in the rearview mirror are closer than they appear, you may need the lessons of AP Life sooner than you think,” he said.
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