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June 18, 2011 Published in Schools

T. C. Class of 2011 Begins The Rest Of Their Lives

By Carla Branch and Alex Hampl

665 graduates of the Class of 2011 file into Gerry Bertier Memorial Gymnasium (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

This afternoon, the 665 members of the T. C. Williams High School class of 2011 received their diplomas in a ceremony in the school’s gymnasium.

“T. C. Williams asked me to speak to you today to share advice and wisdom for those of you who also strive for second-place finishes. We apologize, but LeBron James was not available to speak this afternoon,” said Class Salutatorian Eleanor Kenimer. “You all may be dressed alike now, in identical tent-like gowns and silly hats, but in a school that represents nearly 100 countries and 50 languages, we are all so different.”

Eric Fries had the highest GPA and was this year’s valedictorian. “I found it very difficult to write this speech. I could think of few things to say, and many of the things I did think of to say are pointless. My thoughts turned to the possibility that one of the members of our class could

Salutatorian Eleanor Kenimer shares advice and wisdom to 2011 graduates (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

be immortalized in history. However, I realized that the chances of this are pretty slim. At first, I was disappointed in the slim chance that our hard work will make a profound impact on mankind. But after thinking about, I came to realize that it really doesn’t matter. It’s perfectly fine if none of us ends up in future history books. Almost no one will but what we should try to do is somehow make our piece of the world a better place,” he said.

Senior Class President Anna Skubel presented the class gift. “Each year, it is a tradition for the senior class to present a gift to T. C. Williams. Since our class represents 77 different countries, we decided to give the new school a piece of the old, the flags that hung in the Hall of Nations,” she said.

Valedictorian Eric Fries challenges his classmates to make our world a better place (Photo: Wayne Hulehan)

Mercedes Huffman, T. C.’s 2010-11 Teacher of the Year, presented the faculty award to Maria Simpkins. Principal Suzanne Maxey presented the Principal’s Awards to Damba Koroma and Lester Schonberger.

“Now let’s do this thing,” Maxey said. And the class of 2011 got their diplomas.

Lester Schonberger and Damba Koroma were presented the Principal's Awards by Principal Suzanne Maxey (photo: Wayne Hulehan)

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