Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat — Trinity graduates Sky Logan, Jared Hedrick and Tanner Cage adjust their ties and caps before the beginning of graduation.
Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat — Trinity graduates Sky Logan, Jared Hedrick and Tanner Cage adjust their ties and caps before the beginning of graduation.

Dreams ahead: Trinity Episcopal celebrates Class of 2013

Published 12:01am Monday, May 27, 2013

NATCHEZ Some are artists. Others athletes. Others hunters. But Sunday, the 17 members of Trinity Episcopal Day School’s class of 2013 were all unified under one label — graduates.

And that, in a way, was the tie that binds.

“We have been through a lot these past years,” Valedictorian Wesley Gore said. “We have had our share of laughter and tears, and we have not always gotten along, but we are a class nonetheless.”

Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat — Alex Bennett practices her post-graduation picture pose while the graduates wait for the commencement ceremony to begin.
Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat — Alex Bennett practices her post-graduation picture pose while the graduates wait for the commencement ceremony to begin.

Salutatorian Murphy Aldridge recalled how through the years the class of 2013 has exercised its creativity together, but said now is the time for the graduates to move forward and prove that, “We made it out of life.”

“I could not have asked for a better group of friends to travel through school with,” she said.

“I am here to wish everyone luck in everything they do. I know that whatever we do, we are going to do big — one of us will make a great hobo, the best we have ever seen.”

And be their dreams hoboing or computer science, Gore told his classmates that they should go forward and try to attain those goals.

“Walt Disney once said all of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them,” Gore said.

“If you have a dream — why should you not chase it? Pursue it until you can grasp it in your cupped hands and call it your own.”

The end of high school is a milestone from which graduates can launch themselves into what Gore called “the greatest journey they will ever take.”

“All dreams are the same size if you believe in yourself,” he said.

Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat — Randa Morace, below, wipes away a few tears during the ceremony.
Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat — Randa Morace, below, wipes away a few tears during the ceremony.

“There is no one who can tell you that your dreams can’t come true, that they are impossible.”

And even though some will surely find failure along the way, Gore encouraged them not to give up.

“Never think those doors are closed; they are open — you just have to look for them,” he said.

Trinity’s Head of School Les Hegwood commended to the graduates to look to the future with the biblical admonition, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

“Consider what I wish I had known all throughout my life — Yes we must ask, seek and knock, but do it with some things in mind that will make this world a better place,” Hegwood said.

“Don’t ever think that you have got it all figured out. Continue to ask, seek, knock, repeat, ask, seek, knock, repeat. If you do these things, God will provide for you whatever it is he has in store for you.”

“He will build you up and tear you down, and most importantly even when you ask, seek and knock selfishly, God is still going to accept you for a you are and what he made you to be.”

The Trinity class of 2013 had three honors graduates, four members of the National Honor Society and three members of the Alpha Omega society.