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Farragut High School principal Michael Reynolds praises the FHS Class of 2007 for its accomplishments:

Welcome parents, students, staff, distinguished guests and especially the Class of 2007. What a great day to celebrate the graduation and accomplishments of the Class of 2007.

At this time, I would like to thank our wonderful teachers for their dedication and all of their hard work. We are so very fortunate to have such a great staff. I would also like to thank our parents for their support. It takes a team to get our students to where they are today.

The Class of 2007 is truly an outstanding class. In athletics, our graduates have claimed district, region, sub-state and state championships. Our soccer, track and tennis members are still competing. In the performing and visual arts they have won superior ratings and have set high standards for others with their individual accomplishments. In the area of academics, they have become pioneers in helping to establish Farragutís Science Academy and its partnership with ORNL.

Although the class is over 500 strong, over 40 percent have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or better. The class includes: 56 Tennessee Scholars, 160 Presidential Scholars, two Academic Achievers, 18 National Merit Commended Scholars, 11 National Merit Semi-Finalists, 11 National Merit Finalists, two perfect ACT scores, two National Merit Scholarships, one Presidential Scholarship, two appointments to the service academies (one to West Point and one to the Air Force).

The graduates will attend over 55 institutions of higher learning and have earned over 14.4 million dollars in scholarships.

When I was speaking to a group at our anchor dedication the other day, I told them that it was appropriate that our schoolís symbols are the anchor and the star. As graduating seniors, I hope that you too realize their importance. As you set sail on a new phase of your life, know that you will encounter troubling times, some of you already have, but know that things will be OK. During these times think of the anchor and remember that your anchor is made up of your family, friends and faith. The links that connect you are the lessons that you have learned and the bonds that you have formed. The stronger the links the more stable you will be. Donít ever forget in times of storms or troubled waters to depend on your anchor.

When the skies clear, and they will, look for your star to guide you. Not just the starlight outside, but your light from within. Use what others have taught you and the convictions that you have established to guide you. Remember to love, to learn, to trust, to give, to serve and to lead, and you will go far and accomplish much. But know that no matter how far you travel or how many ports that you visit, you will always have a safe harbor where you are loved unconditionally. It is a place called home. Go now Class of 2007 and travel far, for you are our future.


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