2018 Burney High School Baccalaureate

Fifteen graduating seniors came to Burney Presbyterian Church Sunday evening May 27 for 2018 Burney High School Baccalaureate. The Baccalaureate was coordinated by graduating senior Hannah Pearson. Numerous parents and several teachers attended.

2018 graduates with Baccalaureate speakers and teachers

Hannah Pearson opens the ceremony

Ms. Pearson opened the ceremony and introduced the first speaker, Rev. Penni Elaine Scarbrough, Pastor of Burney Presbyterian Church. Rev. Scarbrough told the students that each one of them has a God-given purpose. She advised them to fulfill that purpose by discovering their passion, persevering, and being true to their principles.

Rev. Scarbrough speaks about passion, perseverance, and principle

The next speaker was Thomas Weber, a retired teacher who coaches at the high school. Mr. Weber counseled the students not to rush, but to take their time discovering work that they love that is of service to the world.

Community Guest Speaker Thomas Weber

Both speakers encouraged the students to never give up in pursuing their goals.

When the speakers had finished, English teacher and student advisor Melissa Madden hosted an open forum. Several parents, teachers and students shared reminiscences of their experiences through the years with members of the graduating class.

A teacher shares

A parent shares

Bailey Turner gives a student perspective

Melissa Maddn tells graduates not to fear but to be strong and courageous

Rev. Tim Scarbrough closed the baccalaureate with a prayer and everyone enjoyed refreshments in the foyer.

Celebrating the past and looking forward to the future

Here is a video of the whole baccalaureate. Best wishes to BHS class of 2018!

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