NLHS Class of 2024 unlocks door to future

May 29—The challenges, the successes of high school were the highlights brought to the graduating class of North Laurel High School during Saturday afternoon's commencement exercises.

Superintendent Denise Griebel addressed graduates, thanking them for their dedication and determination to achieve their high school diploma.

"Your individual and collective achievements give meaning to all of our work," she said. "This diploma you receive today is a tool, to be wielded at your will. A diploma from the Laurel County board not only symbolizes the hard work and perseverance you've performed but also a key to the future, your future. I encourage you to use this tool to unlock other tools to make your life more meaningful, productive and rewarding, to be of assistance and service to others. You are our future and what you make of it will impact all of us."

Andrew Pham addressed his fellow graduates by reviewing the opportunities he experienced.

"I started high school six years ago, in middle school, going to my math class. This year I had opportunity this year to work on the yearbook staff as photographer and editor," he said. "I found myself going into classes I'd never been into, taking pictures of people I'd never spoken to. Best of all, I had the opportunity to get closer to my classmates and my fellow seniors. I saw first hand the caring and love. Go Jags!"

Class President Lila Durham encouraged her classmates to stay strong and continuously achieve.

"Each and every one of us here today are perfectly positioned to help the person we once were," she said. "Life is about trying and improvements and continually trying to make sure we're better that what we once were. Life is about progress not perfection."

Makayla Mastin reviewed some of the highlights of high school, including reminders to get to class

"Whenever one door closes, another door opens. It will look completely different for each and every one of us when a new door is opening. We will go our separate ways, our different paths, but don't panic. I cannot wait to see what each and every one of you can offer to the world beyond high school," she said. "The memories we have shared collectively I will love so dearly and I know you will too."