By SALLY SEXTON
FORT WORTH — Saturday marked a special day for almost 500 Weatherford High School seniors — a recording setting number — and their friends and family, as Weatherford held its annual graduation ceremony at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
“We want to express our appreciation to the parents of these students,” high school principal Lynn Pool told the crowd. “Thank you for giving us the chance to be apart of your lives and allowing us to teach your children.”
Pool went on to name numerous accomplishments by the 2014 senior class, including 18 All-State qualifiers, 44 state qualifiers in choir and theatre and 25 Academic All-State qualifiers.
“Success is the result of action, but you cannot have success without character and integrity,” Pool said. “We love you guys and we know great things are around the corner for you.”
Class salutatorian Brendon Austria made sure his priorities were in place when it was his turn to take the stage.
“Hi, mom,” he said.
Austria also addressed his classmates and the experiences they have had the last four years.
“We’ve been through it all, from falling asleep in class to walking into the wrong bathroom to tripping down the stairs, then up the stairs,” he said. “It’s been a blur.”
Austria graduated with a GPA of 4.986 and plans to attend Baylor University, though he is undecided on what he wants to major in.
Rema Abdeljalil, valedictorian for the Class of 2014, also recounted several memories of her years within Weatherford ISD.
“The fantastic Wizard of Oz, the ridiculous hair of the boys’ baseball team, pranks and not having to take the STAAR,” Abdeljalil listed.
She also encouraged her classmates to be individuals and to find their own identity in a world full of social media.
Abdeljalil will attend Texas Christian University in the fall, before attending Baylor College of Dentistry.