As the members of the Matanzas High School Class of 2023 flipped their tassels May 30 in the Ocean Center, in Daytona Beach, they were reminded to stay grateful.
“The Pirate village helped you to get to this moment,” Superintendent Cathy Middeltstadt said, adding that the graduates were resilient, empathetic people with grit.
“Remember to continue to elevate excellence regardless of any adversity you face,” she said.
Principal Kristin Bozeman also spoke to the graduates, asking segments of the class to rise and be recognized for their hard work.
There were more than 12,000 volunteer service hours performed by the class; 33 graduated with an associate degree in addition to their high school diploma; 34 earned an AICE diploma, and 68 earned one or more industry certifications.
Melissa Braflat was one of the senior speakers. She concluded her remarks by quoting the class song, “We Are the Champions,” by Queen: “We mean to go on and on and on and on.”