2018-08-15 / Campus

Brown named valedictorian at BHS

Jacob Brown Jacob Brown Jacob Brown was named valedictorian at Bainbridge High School for the Class of 2018. He was introduced as valedictorian speaker at commencement exercises May 24, 2018, in the Bainbridge High School Gymnasium. Following a round of applause, Brown got up to speak to the crowd.

Brown spoke on how in the sixth grade he was the class valedictorian, and in that moment he decided he wanted to be valedictorian when he was a senior. But, of course, along the way there were setbacks.

In the seventh grade, he placed third in academic accomplishments, but was not content with his place. He used the experience to light the fire that was in himself the previous year.

Brown then spoke of a difficult time in his life, another major setback. He was on his way to Washington, D.C, when his family was involved in a crash in South Carolina. While Brown suffered injuries, his parents passed away. Brown was shocked, but said he would not let this tragedy deter him.

“I remained determined to achieve the goal I had set five years prior, and I met it,” he said. “Here I am, the valedictorian of the class of 2018.”

Brown went on to say, “Look adversity straight in the eye and say, ‘I will not let you get me down; I will be successful.’”

He was met with a standing ovation before the students were presented with their diplomas.

Brown is the son of the late Wayne and Jennifer Brown. He is the grandson of William and Edna Brown of Blakely. He has been accepted for the fall quarter at the University of Georgia.

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