LORAIN — Rose Marie Camp thanked fellow students and her teachers, but, when she got to her family, she couldn’t hold back.
Tears began flowing freely as the salutatorian for Admiral King High School’s class of 2009 began to thank her parents for helping her get to this point.
She paused as the audience inside the high school’s gymnasium encouraged her with thunderous applause and finished by wishing her fellow classmates luck as they step out into the real world.
Emotions ran high for most of the graduates and their parents. Mazarik Ramsey, 18, couldn’t find the words for all the feelings coursing through her.
“I feel wonderful and excited and overenergized that I finally made it here to the next stage in my life,” the 18-year-old said. In the fall she’ll attend dentistry school at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta.
Corey Hennessee, 18, also couldn’t find the right words, but said it was a great day all the same.
“I’m excited and nervous,” Hennessee said, adding that leaving high school to attend Lorain County Community College in the fall will be bittersweet.
“I’ll miss it,” he said.
Before they were given permission to throw their caps into the air and march off to college or the work force, Principal Diane Conibear offered some advice about how to trudge through during life’s difficult times.
“Always look for an opportunity where you can have a positive impact on society,” she said.
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