Writing their own stories

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May 22—After a year of many changes, Madison Southern Seniors got the chance to walk across a stage on Friday and receive their diplomas in person.

Friday's graduation was the first in-person graduation since the pandemic.

"Although this year has been crazy, we have somehow made it through all of the struggles, and we have made it here this evening to close this chapter in our lives," Class President Abigail Sheffer said. "It is truly amazing to have our ceremony in-person, and on the very campus we have grown to love these four years."

"We could go on and on with stories that have surprisingly portrayed this year," Cobb said. "When the memories of this school year have long passed, you will share these tales with your children and grandchildren someday. And when you do, I promise they will stare at you wide-eyed in amazement"

Most of the senior students of 2021, according to Sheffer, lost the senior experience. She said some were able to return to in-person learning this year, but others continued to be virtual throughout the school year.

"Regardless of all of this, ten years from now, when we look back on our high school experience, we won't talk about the things we never got to do," Sheffer said. "... We won't measure our time here on classes, or semesters or even the activities we were a part of. Instead, we will look back at all the friendships and countless memories we have made together."

"Over the past four years, Madison Southern has become a staple in our lives," Sheffer said. "... Teachers have become mentors, and classmates have become best friends."

Roughly 500 students crossed the stage Friday to receive their diplomas.

"As a new high school graduate, you hold the plot line to your next chapter," Cobb said. "... Be the author of your next story. Don't let anyone else write it for you. Class of 2021, I urge you to go out and write your own story... Page one starts tonight."

"All of the things we have been through up to this point make us who were are, and the best part is, we aren't done yet," Sheffer said.