Warren County graduates challenged 'to make the most of our time'

Jun. 14, 2014 @ 06:45 PM

Longtime educator Tyronna Hooker told Warren County High School graduates Saturday not to worry about haters.

“That means you’ve done something right,” Hooker said.

The 2011 North Carolina Teacher of the Year congratulated the 74 graduating seniors seated before her in a sea of maroon and golden tassels.

But she cautioned them against complacency.

“This is a day of celebration,” she said. “But what are you going to do tomorrow?”

In her speech, valedictorian Peyton Robertson said she and her classmates should break the bad habit of procrastination.

“I challenge us to make the most of our time,” she said.

Warren County High Principal Warren Bell gave graduates three pieces of advice: be honest, set goals and respect others.

“Even though you are small in numbers, you are great in accomplishments,” he said.

The tribute to parents from class vice-president Alexis French provoked tears in the audience.

French admitted she and her classmates did not in fact know everything — though sometimes they might claim to.

“We still need you to tell us these things,” she said. “We know you will always be there for us.”

Graduate Alexandria Bullock thanked teachers and staff at Warren County High for their guidance.

“You helped us figure it out,” she said.

In her parting words, Hooker told the graduates they are ready to be adults.

“You are passed the point of parents telling you what to do, when to do it, how to do it or why,” she said. “Don’t think that you know everything because you haven’t lived long enough. But you know something that has been powerful enough to bring you to this moment. Your lives are now forever changed.”


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