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Harrison Central grads have solved the puzzle of high school

GORDON JACKSON/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD 
 Devin Williams made his entire family proud at Harrison Central High School's graduation on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Biloxi's Coast Coliseum.
GORDON JACKSON/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD Devin Williams made his entire family proud at Harrison Central High School's graduation on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Biloxi's Coast Coliseum.

BILOXI -- Adam Davis and Christian Litz have at least two things in common: They are the top students in Harrison Central High School's 2016 class and both are planning medical careers.

Harrison Central's graduation ceremony Saturday at the Coast Coliseum sent 344 graduates into the world.

Davis, as valedictorian, referred to himself as "Harrison Central High School's biggest nerd."

"Let this moment sink in," he told the graduates. "Don't ever live wondering what would have happened. Live this life that you have to the fullest. Whenever you think you've done your best, strive for better. Whenever you want to give up, don't."

Litz compared the four years of high school with solving a Rubik's Cube, like the one he showed the audience. He said most freshmen experience fear and uncertainty, but their knowledge, achievements and confidence build up over the years.

Davis will attend the University of Southern Mississippi with visions of becoming a neurosurgeon. Litz will attend Mississippi College with plans to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Sherri Enge was especially pleased to be attending this graduation. She said it's a major blessing that her son Randall Enge lived long enough to get his diploma through the district's Special Education program. He was born 15 weeks premature, weighed only 1.5 pounds at birth and has been living with cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus and other severe brain disorders.

"A lot of people like Randall don't make it this long," his mom said. "We are truly, truly blessed."

Twin graduates Thomas and Joshua Busby will still be together after graduation. Both will attend the University of Southern Mississippi and major in information technology, Thomas on the development end, Joshua in networking.

Harrison Central received $11.5 million in scholarships this school year.

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