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Class of 2023 Sets Off To Build Their Own Legacies

Graduation 2023 Cap Toss

The Sherman ISD Class of 2023 is ready to build upon the Bearcat legacy after graduating on May 26 at Bearcat Stadium.

Approximately 470 graduates received their diplomas this year.

After welcomes and an invocation from Student Council Vice President Jasey Cain and Student Council President Mia Passanisi, SHS Principal Jenifer Politi invited commencement speaker Captain Jason Rimmer, Class of 1991, to impart words of encouragement to the graduating class.

“I can assure you that this launching point can and will propel you into the goals you set when combined with a positive attitude and a strong work ethic,” Rimmer said. “Whether you stay here or move, Sherman, Texas will always be your hometown, and it is a hometown of which you can be proud.”

In her speech, Salutatorian Lana Wynn emphasized that her peers should practice humility and kindness in the world around them.

“Everybody in this world seems to be trying to get ahead of each other and knocking others down in order to feel more important, but somebody with humility puts their own self-importance last,” Wynn said.

Valedictorian Yui Zhu spoke about fitting in and how he came to realize that he shouldn’t change but instead be true to his person.

“Overall, as we take on the real world, there will be many challenges we will face, but if there is anything I'm sure of, we can overcome it just like we overcame these wild four years,” Zhu said. “My one piece of advice would be to be the best person you can be, stay true to yourself and change only to better yourself.”

Senior Class President Alan Salazar led the class in moving their tassels and throwing the caps, saying, “We are proof that we are resilient because here we are today.”

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