“This is not the end, it is only the beginning.”
Those are the words spoken by 2018 Sealy High School valedictorian Jacob DeLozier as he listed off all the clichés he could think of related to graduation.
DeLozier was surrounded by more than 200 of his classmates who graduated Friday from Sealy High School, he spoke to the importance of not only where they’re going but what lies in the future.
“This is indeed the beginning of the rest of our lives … we are all making plans for the rest of our lives and we are strong, tough and we are talented,” DeLozier said in his commencement speech. “Sealy High School is definitely losing one of its most talented classes.”
DeLozier was one of several speakers at the graduation ceremony. He was accompanied by salutatorian Matthias Litzmann, class president Gisela Avila and classmate Danielle Thaxton who gave the farewell speech.
“Throughout high school, we have each chosen to do our thing and follow our own path and this has helped shape us into who we are today but allowing us to make friends and relationships that will last past our time here,” Thaxton said. “We all have the same goal in mind and that is to achieve success.”
Litzmann said the people around him helped him succeed during his time at SHS.
“Not only has my family been very helpful in guiding me to a better and brighter future but also I have had several amazing teachers who have influenced me and helped direct me into my future,” he said. “The teachers at Sealy truly go above and beyond their jobs by staying late, coming in early and working on the weekends and even holidays to perfect their skills and being the best they can be.”
Avila, who first offered her speech in Spanish, recalled a particularly challenging part of the past year for many in Sealy: Hurricane Harvey.
“Harvey was definitely a surprising welcome back [to the school year] for everyone,” she said. “As the devastating experience occurred, it brought the Sealy community together and proved how this small town is full of caring people.”
She finished her address by listing the accomplishments the Class of 2018 achieved throughout the year including sports teams making the playoffs, academic teams going to state or nationals and more by organizations like Future Farmers of America and fine arts teams.