Loudoun County, VA (June 21, 2015) – Broad Run High School valedictorian Kiranpreet Kaur noted the true nature of graduation during the Spartans’ graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 14th, at George Mason University’s Patriot Center.
“Graduation is only a concept. In real life, you graduate every day. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you can make a difference.”
Principal David Spage, completing his first year as Broad Run’s instructional leader, presented some facts about the Class of 2015:
- 483 students took part in the commencement ceremony.
- 90 percent will go on to college.
- 75 percent earned an Advanced Studies Diploma.
- The Class of 2015 earned $1.4 million in scholarships.
Spage also offered the graduates a brief insight into the nature of choice.
“As you enter this world of change, I hope you embrace it as you pursue the right things in life…Think how you will react when life presents you with tough choices, sacrifices. You have (already) executed a series of choices that exemplify a purpose, a positive attitude and a personal code that places meaning on who you are.”
Spage presented the Triple I Award (Innovates, Instructs, Impacts) to three members of the faculty: Dr. Tripp DiNicola, Thomas Sakole and Tim Wilmot.
Former Navy SEAL Harry Wingo, a Naval Academy and Yale Law School graduate, who has enjoyed a varied career in technology, government service and the private sector, offered some nuggets of advice from a unique career.
“Navy SEALs have a saying ‘The only easy day was yesterday.’ Make sure you have that mindset…
“Make sure you take a swim buddy as we say in the Navy. In fact, don’t just take a swim buddy, be a swim buddy…
“When you’re young, the days are short and the years are long. Parents – as you know when you’re our age—the days are long and the years so very short. So make sure that you cherish very moment you have with your loved ones.”
Wingo said all of the graduates need to serve, but not necessarily in the military. He noted that cybersecurity would be one battleground in the future. “It used to be swords…The sword became the rifle and now the new rifle is the computer…If you want to pick up a digital rifle, I would encourage you to do so.”
Indu Radhakrishnan gave the senior address. She spoke of her fears.
“I was scared of the future. The past was dead and the present was with me, but the future, the future was still uncertain. It seemed so beyond my control. It can be taken away from us. We depend on it, imagine such great things for it and yet, every day, we step into an abyss of uncertainty, the future.
“Sometimes we get sacred about what the future holds for us…I can promise you the fear of the future is totally irrational. It has to be, because when I look at all of you, I find that I am suddenly and profoundly unafraid of the future.”
Assistant Principal Melissa Sargeant recognized the top 5 percent academically of the class of 2015. These students had a grade point average ranging from a 4.35 to 4.7.
These students included:
The top 10 students in the Class of 2015 with the highest GPA’s included:
Salutatorian Alissa Wang
Valedictorian Kiranpreet Kaur
James Jiggetts performed the senior musical presentation, “Everybody Says Don’t.” Will Yancey received the $1,000 faculty scholarship.
In an especially moving moment, a diploma was presented to the late Madison Small.
The Broad Run graduation was attended by School Board members Tom Reed (At-Large) and Kevin Kuesters (Broad Run District).