La Plata High School wrapped up Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) graduation weekend with a look back at the four years the Class of 2018 has spent together and how they clicked into place. “We quickly learned a trait that I believe is the foundation to success and happiness in our lives to come: humility,” valedictorian Elena Quartararo said remembering freshman year. “We quickly realized how much bigger the world was than just us.”
Now the 285 graduates are venturing into the world whether into the workforce, college or the military. “Wherever it is that life finds us, it is imperative to remember the importance of recognizing others’ accolades and aptitudes, as well as admitting our own mistakes and shortcomings,” Quartararo said. “This is how we grow and improve ourselves.”
Senior class president Skye Taylor urged her fellow classmates to use their passion to help make the world a better place. “As president of this class I am impressed with our ability to stand up for what we believe in. Remember the hard work, determination and passion that brought us here today. Use your passion to help determine how you can make this world a better place,” Taylor said.
With $13.9 million in scholarship offers, La Plata students are going on to study at institutions such as Elon University, Delaware State University and Campbell University. They have signed up for military service, are heading right into the workforce or learning about a trade in an apprenticeship. It will be the first time in four years the La Plata Class of 2018 will not be together, and each will have to figure out their own way.
“Our class is like a big puzzle,” said Kyle Dunn, class salutatorian. “Members of our class, when unified, create a beautiful composite. Everyone has an effect on each other, everyone has been connected and one false move could have created a shockwave throwing various pieces out of balance.”
Even if separated, Dunn said, the class will hold tight to everlasting bonds. “Like a puzzle, the pieces of our class, no matter how spread apart, are always ready to come back together and reconnect,” he said. “We may even find out that our own puzzle piece can fit into another puzzle just as beautifully.”
La Plata’s graduation was the last of seven high school ceremonies held over three days this week at the Charles County Convocation Center at North Point High School. Photos from all high school graduations are posted on the school system website at http://www.ccboe.com/index.php/graduation-2018.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.