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Tri-State EMC honors top grads

  • May 22, 2019
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Pictured above, from left: FCHS Valedictorian Ramtin Doroodchi with his father Dr. Doroodchi, FCHS Salutatorian Morgan Blaine with parents Sharon and Michael Blaine, HDHS Valedictorian Chloe Harrelson with mother Rebecca Harrelson, HDHS Salutatorian Gracie Davis with mother Jillian Davis, CBHS Valedictorian Sawyer O’Neal with parents Cheryl and Eric O’Neal, and CBHS Salutatorian Kaitlynn Cribbs with mother Karen Cribbs.

By Elaine Owen, Editor

Tri-State Electric Membership Corporation honored top graduatess from area High Schools Thursday, May 9 at Willow Creek Falls. Valedictorians and salutatorians from Fannin County High School (FCHS), Hiwassee Dam High School (HDHS) and Copper Basin High School (CBHS) were honored at the annual Honors Night banquet with $1,000 scholarships.

Tri-State EMC President Jerry Pack introduced the Board of Directors and other attendees.

Guest Speaker was retired educator Cynthia Panter, who entertained honorees and guests by reading “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. Some of the passages include:

● “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!” ● “And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.

There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on. But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak.”

● “Kid, you’ll move mountains! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way!” ● “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” ● “You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.” ● “And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”

Putting down the book and gazing across the room at the graduates, Panter raised a glass of iced tea in a toast.