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A journey ends, a journey ends: Nearly 200 graduate from Thomson High School

At the end of her journey, one high school graduate is ready to take the next step. One hundred ninety-three seniors graduated Saturday night from Thomson High School in a ceremony themed around a journey.


Shaunterrice Kendrick waves at the crowd prior to the start of the graduation ceremony.
Photo by Kristopher Wells
"I'm just excited, now and waiting for the next step," said Nikosha Hudson after the ceremony. "I was really, really nervous. I was anxious. But after it was over, I got real sad. I guess because I'm about to leave everybody and go my own way."

Nikosha said she is going to attend the pre-pharmacy program at the University of Georgia in the fall.

Honor graduates were the featured speakers during the ceremony, which took place at 8 p.m. in the fully-packed Brickyard. Following an invocation by Amy Weimar, Senior Class President Tykia Key read Robert Frost's "The Road Less Traveled."

"We entered elementary school as bright, new students. We were uncertain of what the future would hold for us," said Kelly Robinson, 2006 Salutatorian, as she began "the journey" down memory lane.

Carol Wood picked up with "planning the itinerary" and Sonya Freeman-Moss followed with "packing the essentials," giving psychological insights into the elementary and middle school stages of the journey.

For the high school stage, Nikosha spoke on "preparing to embark," speaking of friends, extra-curricular activities, academics, and the lessons learned from each.


Taylor Williamson looks back as she lines up with the rest of theThomson High School Class of 2006.
Photo by Kristopher Wells
"It's a bittersweet feeling. I'm glad because I'm through with high school," said Andrew Harding. "But a lot of my friends, I probably won't see them ever again."

Andrew said he will not miss the homework portion of his education. He started his own landscaping business, Harding Landscaping, four years ago. Andrew said working as soon as he got out of school every day until dark left little time for homework. He said he liked school, and maintained a B average, but keeping up with the homework was tough.

Andrew will attend Georgia Southern University in the fall to major in business management. Although Andrew is experienced with the full responsibilities of work, it is a phase of the journey other graduates are just about to begin.

"She's going to see what life really is, now. It's hard work," Alberta Perrin said of her daughter, Tynisha Johnson, who was graduating.

Ms. Perrin stood proudly along with the other parents during the ceremony for the parent recognition, when Tykia spoke for all the graduates and thanked their parents.

"I feel older now," Ms. Perrin said.

Following the presentation of diplomas by Superintendent Mark Petersen, Principal Rudy Falana, and Assistant Principals Lynn Cato, Michael Smallwood and Cecil Strong, the graduates reversed their rings and flipped their tassels.


Jason Jones smiles as he shows off his diploma to teachers during the ceremony.
Photo by Kristopher Wells

Class of 2006 Valedictorian Kathy Robinson gave the closing remarks.

Nikosha said the end of the ceremony brought the realization to her that this phase of her journey had ended. She said she will miss Friday night football, but she will not miss keeping up with a student ID tag.

For Andrew, that bittersweet feeling was losing its bitterness.

"It seemed like the senior year took the longest of them all. I'm excited, now. I mean, I'm out of school," he said.

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Web posted on Thursday, May 25, 2006

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