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Bryan County HS graduates 101 students
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Kristin Elaine Shuman, along with her mother Iris Shuman, is all smiles Saturday after receiving her diploma with the BCHS class of 2010 in Pembroke. - photo by Photo provided.
In the Bryan County High School gym Saturday, a filled to capacity crowd watched as 101 high school’s seniors received their diplomas and prepare to start a new phase of their life.
Harold Roach, principal, welcomed those gathered, and thanked the graduates for some unforgettable moments during the last four years,  and shared with them “to be successful, keep working very hard, and tell those you love them because they won’t always be here.”
Lauren Hodges, valedictorian, reviewed memories with the class, and then challenged the graduates to “face adversity, fight to the very end, never forget where they came from, and those who helped them,” and to “do the best you can at what you decide to be.” She reminded them to “live their life to the fullest each day,” and closed her remarks with “once a Redskin, always a Redskin.”
Ryan Poythress, salutatorian, also reminded the class of memories from their early days in school on up to the present moments, and that they were a “class like no other” and brought a laugh with his comment that “what happens at Bryan County High does not stay at Bryan County High.”
Roach and Dr. Rod Backman gave special recognition to the 19 honor graduates, and Abby Moore presented the musical selection “Whenever You Remember”.
At last, the graduates were ready to cross the stage, shake hands with John Oliver, superintendent of Bryan County Schools, and Roach, and receive their diplomas. 
In a final salute to the graduates, Oliver told the graduates “good luck to each of you, and you may now move your tassels.”
Britany Shuman led all gathered in the alma mater, and the graduates filed out of the gym to begin  a new phase of their life, with family members and friends wishing their much success in wherever life sends them.
In an e-mail to members of the Bryan County Board of Education, Oliver thanked everyone involved with graduations at both BCHS and Richmond Hill High School for a job well done.
“It is so encouraging to see our seniors take the lead in the exercises and do such a fine job with it,” he wrote. “I think it is just one indication of how much they have grown and how ready they are to meet their next challenges. The ceremonies went very well and still maintained some of the dignity that we believe should be associated with graduations.
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