Bradley Scott Hudson and Dorothy Elizabeth Flynn led the class as its valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
The son of Melanie and CD Hathaway of Weems and Scott and Laura Hudson of Fredericksburg, Hudson graduated with a 4.58 grade point average (GPA). He will attend the University of Virginia where he plans to major in bioengineering.
In his address, Hudson told fellow graduates that he finally realizes “what [everyone] said is true. When I was a freshman, I wanted to get out [of here] as fast as I could. Now I’m not so sure.”
He also told graduates they shouldn’t fret about mistakes “because the mistakes made us who we are today.”
Thanking and celebrating all the parents, Hudson said, “Along with wings, our parents also gave us roots.”
He also told graduates that although they are done with school, they are not done with learning. He quoted Mark Twain, who said, “Never let school interfere with learning.”
He urged graduates to “work like you don’t need the money. Run like you’ve never been hurt and live like it’s your last day.”
Flynn was second in the class with a 4.55 GPA. She also will attend the University of Virginia where she plans to major in kinesiology. She is the daughter of Kathryn Etchison and Thomas Flynn of Irvington.
Flynn warned graduates that whether they head off to college or start a new career, it may be scary at first.
“It’s the first time we are on our own,” she said. “We may not have our best friend from high school beside us and the teachers won’t know anything about us.” Classmates, she added, won’t know us and parents won’t be there to wake us up and push us out the door.
“Everyone worries about what happens in the future, but nothing ever happens in the future,” she said. “Everything that happens, happens now.”
Senior class president Hannah Smith introduced both Hudson and Flynn and also addressed the class. Shawn Talley led the standing-room only crowd at the LHS gymnasium in the pledge of allegiance and Katie Cromer sang the national anthem. Gerquel Owens sang a solo and Cheyenne Cook presented a poem.