Appomattox Graduation

The ACHS Class of 2019 gathers at the start of graduation ceremonies Monday.

On Monday night, 182 Appomattox County High School students walked across the stage of Liberty University’s Vines Center to receive their diplomas and begin what commencement speaker Larry Robinson referred to as “the game of life.”

While delivering their own personal messages to the outgoing Class of 2019, various speakers channeled historic figures to inspire the graduates to boldly go out into the world that awaits. 

Appomattox County Public Schools Superintendent Annette Bennett emphasized the importance of their diplomas through Nelson Mandela’s quote, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” 

In describing the highs and lows of the high school experience, Class of 2019 Salutatorian Ilyana Servis quoted, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” which is the opening line of Charles Dickens’s novel, “A Tale of Two Cities.”

Servis recalled a tragedy that brought the student body and Appomattox community together. 

“Over the last four years, we’ve all had hardships and prosperity,” she said. “We have all laughed and cried together at some point … One of those times of hardships was when the tornado hit when we were freshmen and many of us were distraught but we got through because of each other. Not only did we get through it; we became stronger and closer because of it.”

There’s more to this story in the current issue of the Times Virginian newspaper. Pick up a copy or view the full article in the e-edition version with a subscription.