A diverse, talented and record-breaking class of 2019 at Shadow Creek High School celebrated commencement Saturday by remembering the past and looking forward to the future.
As the Class of 2019 looked on, student leaders spoke to them, remembering the road to graduation.
“This was our year,” said Class Historian Bianca Montemayor. “We did it. We are the great Shadow Creek High School Class of 2019.”
Shadow Creek Principal Kelly Hestand talked about some of the academic achievements of the graduating seniors, pointing out the 2019 graduates had a large number of students who graduated from high school and Alvin Community College at the same time. Another large group earned trade certifications.
One of the largest rounds of applause for the night came when Hestand asked the 18 seniors who have signed up to serve in the armed forces to stand.
Salutatorian Salam Habra also celebrated her class, saying she had only one regret on graduation day.
“My only regret in graduating is not getting to know my classmates more,” she said. “One thing about high school is you never know how much you’ll miss it until you’re gone.”
Habra said she learned a lot in high school, but some of the most valuable lessons were not in the classroom.
“My school has taught me talking to the girl sitting alone at lunch is worth it,” she said. “In fact, we are best friends to this day.”
Sabra said a simple act of kindness, such as making sure no one eats alone, can make a world of difference.
“Your act of kindness can be small,” she said. “The thing may not seem like much to you, but on the receiving end it can make a world of difference.”
As she said goodbye to her classmates, Sabra said another lesson she learned at Shadow Creek is how someone looks or what they wear or what religion they follow does not matter.
“We are one big, diverse family, and we do not judge each other by race or gender,” she said.
Valedictorian Najia Sherwani covered is amazing. said the ground the Class of 2019
“To think that we are finished here is insane,” she said. “It seems like last week we were told to do the impossible — morph to great sharks from ponies.”
Sherwani said if there is one lesson she wanted to leave with her classmates it was something simple — be themselves.
“Don’t be afraid to be different,” she said. “As cliché as that sounds, I’ve made that mistake many times — especially when writing 14 graduation speeches.”
After the students finished their speeches, Associate Superintendent Daniel Combs, standing in for Superintendent Carol Nelson, presented the Class of 2019, and one by one the students crossed the stage to receive their diplomas.
Nelson missed the first graduation ceremony since being named superintendent because her daughter was graduating from college.
On the same day, Alvin ISD also held commencement celebration for Alvin High School and Manvel High School, as the three schools celebrated the conclusion of another successful year.