Commencement ceremonies held for Newton County Schools
Commencement ceremonies for Alcovy, Eastside and Newton high schools were held this past week inside Homer Sharp Stadium in Covington. “Stay focused on your goals and visions for the future,” she said. Fuhrey said there were four “life- and game-changing” words each student should remember as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. Eastside Principal Jeff Cher voiced his appreciation of his students and their accomplishments. “You’ve continued the legacy that Eastside graduates excellence, and I’m going to miss each and every one of you,” he said. Cher said he takes time each day of school to remind students that there is no such thing as an unimportant day or unimportant person.
"We charge you to take the next steps in this world with the full awareness of the investment of time and love poured into you by your family, teachers, counselors, coaches, administrators, community members and all who have assisted in the journey thus far,” Cher said. “Throughout your high school careers, you were able to demonstrate that no hurdle was too high, no obstacle too big to keep you from achieving your goals,” he said. “The fact that you are sitting in your blue and white gowns show your resilience and commitment to all the opportunities that being a graduate of Newton High School will afford you,” she said. “The way that you treat each other and the way that you treat those outside of NHS is a testament to your character,” Buff said. “You are the future, and I feel confident in all that you will accomplish. Buff later quoted former President Barack Obama to say, “Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it.
“You embody the hopes of this community, this state, this nation and this world,” Buff said, “and it has been my privilege to serve as your principal. Buff said there were 11 students to earn more than $1 million apiece in scholarship offers. “I believe this Class of 2022 in Newton County is special,” District 1 BOE member Trey Bailey stated on social media. Tom Spigolon, news editor of The Covington News, contributed to this report
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