Friday, June 18, 2010

Mt. Vernon High School Class of 2010

Today was the really fun part of being a Delegate. I got to shake the hands of several hundred very happy Mount Vernon High School graduates as they walked across the stage ready to move on in life.

The Student Body President, Tracy King, gave a great speech followed up with a big hug from her mother, Mt. Vernon High School Principal Nardos King, when she walked across the stage.

The dual Honor Graduate Speakers, Natalya Dyhouse & Andrew McKellips also gave terrific talks about following your dreams, including a reference to Yoda's timeless advice - "Do or not do . . . there is no try." My kind of speech.

The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, gave the keynote address and talked about her New Orleans roots and the challenges of the recent spill at the Deepwater Horizon. She extolled the graduates to focus on serving others.

Plus, I got to sit next to Mike Skinner who was attending his 52nd graduation, was Mt. Vernon Basketball Coach when my father graduated in 1962, and is who they named the Field House after.

It was a great day.

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