The Jon Jee staff congratulates the students honored at the annual JGHS Scholarship Banquet last Saturday evening. Although busy schedules kept some students away, 148 students were eligible to attend, which means they have earned and maintained an A- (3.5 GPA) average either this year or throughout their high school careers.
The National Honor Society inducted its newest members, followed by the induction of three Distinguished Alumni, Valerie Parks Graham (Class of '82), George Shegog Jr. (Class of '70) and William "Fred" Whissel (Class of '64).
All the alumni inductees emphasized the people who have made a difference in their accomplishments including family and teachers. Shegog credited his parents and some teachers who taught him to "Be honest" and "Work hard."
Graham also is a product of a similar philosophy, but she also told her audience to "Drink, Swear, Steal and Lie," which she explained as "Drink from the fountain of happiness, Swear to do your very best, Steal a little bit of time to do something for someone and ask nothing in return, and Lie down each night and thank God for living in the United States."
Finally, Whissel, who became a journalist, attributed that career decision to James Bryen, who taught journalism at JGHS for many years.
Whissel also reminisced about Harford Steele, a government teacher, who wrote unusual quotes on his chalkboard. Some of these quotes have made a difference in Whissel's life. Finally, he said, "If you're a student, you're not alone in this education thing."
As the school year winds down and students get closer to a little freedom from the burdens of their studies, don't forget those people who continue to help you and make a difference in your life. Someday, some of the students who are walking these halls today will be honored either at the Hall of Fame or in some other way.
You matter, and what you are learning from your families, your friends and your teachers is shaping you into who you are to become.
Sometimes it's good to be reminded.