By Jacob Dee Lauritzen, Fort Thomas High School English and Media teacher
FORT THOMAS—Thursday night the Fort Thomas High School graduated a small but mighty class of 19 seniors.
Following the normal pomp and circumstance, Salutatorian Jemila Fiame spoke to the packed gym about how her friends and family helped her deal with the stress of high school. Fiame joked about earning a “Netflix education” of The Walking Dead, Grey’s Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars in between balancing a busy schedule of school and sports. Fiame also participated in the GIFT program where she has already completed 40 credits towards a degree in Sports Medicine. She will continue attending EAC in the fall.
Valedictorian and Student Body President Gavin McCabe then addressed the crowd. Quoting from “Finding Nemo,” he admonished his classmates to weather the storms of life and “just keep swimming.” McCabe has been accepted to Stanford University, where he plans to study chemical engineering. He also looks forward to serving a mission for his church.
Most of the remaining graduating seniors plan on attending EAC in the fall, with a few exceptions. Two students, Adelia Gilbert and Preston Kenton, plan on serving their country in the military.
McCabe commented on how close this senior class is to each other. The seniors proved just that as they cheered every time they saw their classmates on their senior slideshow. After they received their diplomas, they showed their camaraderie again as they sang happy birthday to the Senior Class President, Lacey Wesley. Once the singing was over, the party began. Students launched confetti and silly string at each other as they celebrated their accomplishment — one of many to come.
Contributed photos and article by Jacob Dee Lauritzen