Five Jefferson High School Mt. Shasta Campus graduates received their diplomas during a short 2017 Commencement Program Thursday evening, June 8, in the main lodge at Mt. Shasta City Park.
After the Pledge of Allegiance and before the presentation of diplomas, Principal Jessica Bowman gave a welcome address and graduate Jamal Keith Berry-Kersh 2017 gave a student speech, which is reprinted below.
He talked about the need for vision in order to change the world and his belief that “together we can all create a more virtuous, peaceful, and better world.”
That better world in Jamal’s vision, would include spending “more on education, research, and helping the poor and disenfranchised than we do on the military.” Everyone would work “selflessly for the good of the community” and global powers would “work collectively for the good of humanity.”
After the ceremony, graduates, teachers, family and friends enjoyed refreshments.
Graduates were Roaseanna Angelica Kay Crosland, Joshua Dean Grimes, Jamal Keith Berry-Kersh, Seaora Rose Madrone-Woods, Vincent De Jesus Zamora.
Student speech by Jamal Keith Berry-Kersh
“To achieve great things requires a grand vision. This has been the rule for the sum of humanity’s great achievements, from the voyage of Magellan to NASA. A problem that I see facing my generation is apathy; rather than striving to do great things so many of us take the path of least resistance. That is not to say we are selfish or that we don’t want to help others, this is born from the feeling of hopelessness, that we can’t do anything, that it’s impossible to change the…
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