Saturday, June 7, 2014

Chester High School Graduating Class of 2014

Congratulations to Chester High School Class of 2014. This was the one hundred fortieth commencement ceremony held on Friday, June 6th, 2014 at the Athletic Field. It was an absolutely beautiful day for a graduation. Lots of families, friends and well-wisher came out to celebrate with the graduates. Encouraging remarks were made by Receiver Joe Watkins, Superintendent Gregory Shannon, Chester High School Principal Constance McAlister, and STEM Principal Alexis Greaves. Mayor Linder and Representative Kirkland also spoke briefly to the graduating class. Salutatorians Kyla Funk (STEM) and Karen Del Solar-Ovando (CHS), and Valedictorians Kamri Staples (STEM) and Felix Revera motivated their peers to help change the world. Dr. Donald Thomas, salutatorian from the class of 2007 gave the commencement address. It was great to see Donald coming back to the school to encourage students in their journey forward. He spoke about his struggles to complete his doctorate, “I was not expected to complete my six-year doctoral program. I struggled to make people see not what they wanted me to be but to see the doctor that I strived to be.” Dr. Thomas advised the graduating class that “no city, no school, no circumstance is an excuse not to succeed. There is no limit to what you can accomplish and the world is much bigger than Chester, Pennsylvania.”

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