“The future is truly in our hands, so let us make the most of it.” This is the message Henry E. Lackey High School valedictorian David “DJ” Nelson left with his graduating peers today during their graduation ceremony held at the Charles County Convocation Center.

The Charger Class of 2018 includes 214 graduates. Collectively, the graduating class earned nearly $13 million in scholarship offers. This year, Lackey’s graduating class is the smallest among Charles County’s seven high schools.

Nelson challenged his peers to live life to the fullest. “My challenge to each of you, and to myself, is to do all that you can do to reach your full potential,” Nelson said. Nelson plans to attend Penn State University to study mechanical engineering.

Helping Nelson lead the Lackey senior class is Eden Williams, class salutatorian. Williams will attend Towson University in the fall and plans to study international relations. She too encouraged her classmates to focus on being the best versions of themselves.

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“Work hard and stay determined, because perseverance is unmeasurable. Push yourself to overcome obstacles and be the best version of yourself. I urge everyone to be grateful, be hard workers and be willing to learn from mistakes,” Williams said.

Plans for members of the Lackey Class of 2018 include acceptances to colleges and universities such as George Mason University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Stevenson University to the U.S. Navy and Marines.

Lackey’s graduation was the third of seven high school ceremonies set to take place this weekend at the Convocation Center at North Point High School. Photos from all high school graduations will be posted on the school system website at http://www.ccboe.com/index.php/graduation-2018 following each ceremony.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.