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Trinity-Byrnes grads ready for new adventures

May 26, 2019 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School conferred 48 diplomas during the Saturday morning graduation ceremony at the Performing Arts Center.

The Class of 2019 received $5,148,577 in scholarships and all plan to attend college or university.

William Corns was named the valedictorian. During his speech, he compared life to a cake recipe, encouraging his classmates to pursue their dreams and plan for the future.

“We can all construct a future based on our own wishes and our own desires,” Corns said. “All that’s required is a little dedication, determination and daily planning, aka, a recipe for your cake. If you want your cake to taste good, you must follow a recipe.”


Madeline Tuck was salutatorian. Tuck called graduation day a day of letting go, quoting the rapper Drake who said, “Strength isn’t always shown in what you can hold on to, sometimes it’s shown in what you can let go of.”

“It is time to let go of the comfort of the status quo to embark on new adventures and make new friends, but all the time being grateful for these years at Trinity-Byrnes building a foundation for the growth still to come.”

Ragan Swartz, who started at Trinity-Byrnes in the 11th grade, was named the honor graduate.

Swartz gave the welcome and invocation during the ceremony, recalling her warm welcome into the school.

“We are such a tight-knit family, we have made countless memories and we have all been there to support each other as we move into our future endeavors,” Swartz said. “This family will be remembered and cherished forever, no matter how far away we all go.”

While the students received their diplomas, a video presentation for each senior played with pictures of the graduates from their childhoods.

After the awarding of diplomas, students turned their tassels and gathered on the lawn in a circle to throw their caps in the air. The graduates’ family members gathered in around to take photos and videos of their last celebration as the Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School Class of 2019.