JDA kicks off 2015 graduation season

Jefferson Davis Academy held their commencement exercise Friday, May 22 in the gymnasium.
For the Raiders’ class of 2015, the  Salutatorian was William Gist Gee Jr. and Blakely Sullivan Johnson was the Valedictorian.
During Gee’s Salutatorian address he remembered the late Mackenzie Webster, who would have been a member of the class. Gee also talked about the importance of time and quoted Ecclesiastes 3:1 which states “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”
“It’s time for caring, respecting each other and it’s time to make a difference,” Gee said.
Gee also received the Joe Wilson Congressional History plaque.
Valedictorian Johnson followed after a few award presentations. In remembrance of Webster she delivered an emotional speech about yesterday.
“Mackenzie Webster is no longer with us, but he will always be in our hearts. There is nothing we can do for him now. He’s in heaven. So I say to you, don’t worry about yesterday. It’s time to live for today,” Johnson said.
The guest speaker for the evening was former Blackville-Hilda Superintendent Dr. William Sandifer.
He thanked both Gee and Johnson for wonderful speeches.
Talking to the class, Sandifer said, “No one can write your life story. You have to do it yourself. First, you have to define yourself and work hard to make your dreams come true.”
Mrs. Eve Hogarth, Mr. Lloyd Morgan and Mrs. Jane Hunter presented diplomas to the class which consisted of Caleb Jackson Bearden, Jordan Cope Brown, Stephen Jared Brown, Savannah Kaye Buff, Charles Brandon Burnett, William Gist Gee, Jr., Phillip Lawson Holland, Blakely Sullivan Johnson and Thomas Houston Towne. A tenth chair was left vacant beside the graduates in memory of Webster.