To the class of 2005, I would like to say, "You have now completed a chapter in your life that some of you must admit it was not easy. But, you proved one thing: you could do it. Congratulations. Well done. We (your parents, friends, and your community) are very proud of you."
To the future grads that were not allowed to participate and graduate with their class, I know it hurts, but wasn't this something that you knew might happen? Did you or did you not know that this test was in fact a requirement? If your answer is no, then how did those other 200 members of your class know about it? Listen, this is only one of the many stumbling blocks you are going to have to learn to accept. But don't quit. Remember, if you quit now, you will quit every time things start to get hard or tough. Get that diploma. That's something you have worked too hard for just to quit now.
To the parents of these young people, it's not good when our kids see us disputing with our school system when we know that we are not doing everything that we are supposed to be doing as parents - like making sure (by visiting our child's school) that our children are doing what they are supposed to be doing, and making sure that all of their requirements are being met way before graduation time even gets here. Let's start supporting our school system better than we are doing and let these teachers know that we really do appreciate every thing they are doing. When our children see us not supporting our school system in a positive way, then they in return will think that they don't have to do what the others are doing. Why? Because my mommy and daddy will come to this school and cause all kinds of problems. Wrong message. How about everyone work together for the sake of our children and their future? The reward will be more of our children getting into the college of their choice and being better prepared for the future.
So, what do you say guys, can this be done? It can. How will we know it's working? By seeing those test scores rise and seeing even more grads from 2006 and beyond having more graduates in the history of Thomson High. You can do it guys, because I believe in all of you. May the blessing of God be upon you all.