July 4, 2022

WINCHESTER — Amidst requires solidarity and a renewed sense of goal, Handley Superior Faculty’s Class of 2022 graduated on Tuesday.

The 279 graduates had been saluted for his or her tough do the job by Principal Shahrazad “Sherry” Kablan. She claimed their 4 years on the college ended up a bit, however essential aspect of their lives.

“You’ve tasted candy successes, and on the identical time you’ve acquired tasted some bitter failures,” she claimed. “However in the event you cease and assume about it for a subsequent, you will get hold of that your excessive school a few years have been only a fraction of the on a regular basis dwelling you beforehand lived and the potential a very long time you’ll dwell.”

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Kablan promised to proceed to maintain her speech fast fearing rain that had fallen earlier than the ceremony might resume. However though the Handley Choir’s embody of the Beatles “Proper right here Will come the Photo voltaic” couldn’t portion the clouds, the rain held off. 

Just like the cloudy climate circumstances, Superintendent Jason Van Heukelum reported the nation’s foreseeable future is darkish if folks as we speak normally should not able to arrive collectively.

“I truly consider that some factor profound is occurring. This isn’t only a generational alter,” he defined. “We’re a correct incapacity to be wonderful in the direction of each different. To dialogue and regard and empathize all through our distinctions, to be kind, loving and self-sacrificial.”

Van Heukelum challenged the course to be superb to at least one an extra and defined despite his issues in regards to the potential, he’s assured in them.

“The youth of presently will defeat the obstacles of tomorrow,” he defined. “And the youth of nowadays will treatment the challenges of our period and their period.”

The unity Van Heukelum spoke of was one factor graduate Ammar Shamsher talked about he skilled in his 4 a number of years at Handley. Shamsher, who was born in Saudi Arabia and is of Bangladeshi descent, defined in an interview that his mother and father seasoned racism once they arrived to Winchester in 2009. However he talked about he all the time felt cozy at Handley. “The setting is extraordinarily welcoming, actually caring,” talked about Shamsher who choices to important in engineering at Earlier Dominion College within the drop.

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Like Shamsher, graduate Kayli Sage Parker talked about she’s grateful for the steering her academics provided and can attempt to keep in mind the Handley setting. “We’ve got a considerable amount of particular gadgets at Handley that no different schools has,” claimed Parker, who’s majoring in psychology at Virginia Commonwealth School within the tumble.

The commencement viewers was loaded with joyful mother and pa and kinfolk. Amid them was Valencia Turner, the aunt of graduate Lauren McKenzie Turner. Turner reported her niece, who’s attending Berea College in Kentucky on an entire scholarship within the tumble, excelled academically and has manufactured the family members very happy.

“This can be a main working day for us,” Turner defined. “It’s actually exceptional to see it.”