Memorial Day 2021 marked Lanier High School’s Class of 2021 graduation at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.
The event began with the Pledge of Allegiance and opening remarks from Principal Dr. Christopher Martin who honored past and present members of the U.S. military, saying, “We acknowledge our courageous veterans and active duty military who have served our nation.”
Martin ended his opening speech with his signature catchphrase, “Gooood morning, Longhorns!”
Following the opening, Lanier High senior Ford Reasons gave a motivational speech to the graduating class and was later awarded the AJC Cup. Reasons was followed by the advanced chorus singing “Imagine” by John Lennon before speeches were given by the 2021 salutatorian and valedictorian.
Veronica Roberson, class of 2021 salutatorian, began her speech by giving credit to all the parents and family who have supported their students through their high school journeys.
“To our families who have had our backs since a decade and two feet ago when we first walked into kindergarten, I want you to know that your contributions are immeasurable,” Roberson said. She then thanked the staff, faculty and administration, saying, “We owe you our unwavering respect. You weren’t just teachers, you were role models.”
Roberson concluded her speech by addressing the class of 2021 on how proud she feels to be a part of the graduating class.
Jeremhy Cesar, valedictorian for the class of 2021, opened his speech with gratitude: “I am honored to speak to you today.”
Cesar spoke about the importance of unity and teamwork, saying, “We can’t change the world by ourselves, we can’t make ways by ourselves. The greatest minds of the model world had help …”
Cesar then asked the crowd to clap with only their index fingers and continue to add more fingers until the crowd began to fully applaud.
“The sound of your hands grew exponentially with the addition of each finger,” he said. “This is a direct parallel to our capabilities.” He then ended his speech with his sign off, “Thank you, and I’ll Cesar you later.”
Finally, the class of 2021 was presented, as more than 400 seniors walked across a stage and received their diploma covers. The event ended with the turning of the tassels and a congratulations to the class of 2021 from Martin.