Carolina Academy graduates 30 in Lake City

May 25, 2019

LAKE CITY, S.C. – Carolina Academy valedictorian Abbey Elizabeth McLean said many students in the Class of 2019 have been counting down the days until graduation since the beginning of their freshman year. And now is their time to shine.

Thirty students graduated Friday from The Carolina Academy in Lake City. Family members, faculty and supporters filled the school’s gym to celebrate the students’ milestone.

McLean said that over the years, she and members of her class became more than just classmates. They became close friends.

In her commencement address, McLean reminded her classmates that with God, all things are possible.

“I want you to know that with God’s help and a lot of hard work, you can do anything,” McLean said.

Friday’s program included participation from several members of the class including a class history speech by co-salutatorians Jessica Chen and Matthew Holden Lamb. Lamb, who is also the senior class president, led the senior presentation which was a slideshow featuring photos of the graduates through the years.

In addition to diplomas, each graduate was given a white calla lily, the class flower.

Stevie Phillips, head of school, said the students in the Class of 2019 have set an example.

“These kids are going to move forward and make a difference in a lot of people’s lives,” Phillips said.

The Carolina Academy is a family, Phillips said, and it takes a family to raise the students at the school.

“And this has really been a special group of children,” Phillips said.

Following Friday’s graduation ceremony, the class walked through the school’s halls one last time and out to the flag pole where they had prayer and sung the alma mater.

A reception was held following the commencement at The Bean Market in Lake City.

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