NCCS hands out 130 diplomas to graduating seniors

"At times, high school was one of the most grueling, burdening experiences of our lives," she said.

However, Horne felt if her classmates could forget "the up hills and think back upon the down hills," they could leave graduation with "completely different memories of where we spent some of the most altering times of our existence."

Horne also recognized in any journey there are guides and mentors to lead the way, of which she noted teachers and parents.

"Without our teachers, most of the knowledge we have acquired would not exist," Horne said.

"Lastly," she added, "I would like to acknowledge those who were our greatest mentors through this long yet fulfilling adventure - our parents."

Realizing graduation is a moment many parents are "apprehensive of," Horne knew they understood "everything they have done has been for this day."

"Our parents know that all of the love and guidance that they have given us will prepare us for whatever obstacles we must face in the path of life," she said.

At the end of her speech, Horne quoted Don Williams Jr. stating, "'The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.'"

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