BILOXI -- Biloxi High School's top honor students implored their class of 307 to strive for greatness and not settle for mediocrity during their commencement addresses Tuesday at the Coast Coliseum.
"For those of us who are working so diligent to try and change the world and make it a better place, just remember that you can simply do that by being the change that the world needs and wants to see every single day," valedictorian Abbigail Mattfeld said. "It's not the end of our life just because high school is over. Today is only the beginning.
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"There is so much out there for us and it's there for the taking."
Salutatorian Kassidy Reynolds said: "In pursuit of the goals we each set for ourselves, let us go forward knowing that we each have within us the capabilities to make our ideas a reality. Let us continue the tradition of excellence that we instill in us as the Biloxi Indians. As the class of 2016, we believe once we will give forth the effort to become experts in whatever we pursue and this will prove to be the advantage that distinguishes us from others as we stand here into this next chapter.
"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."
Third-place honor student John Meynardie boiled it down to just one sentence in his address.
"Go forth and do something great with your lives!"
Mattfeld plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to major in biology. Reynolds will attend the University of South Alabama and major in bio-medical science.
Fourth-place honor student Margaret Lee will major in biochemistry at Mississippi State. Meynardie is headed to Northwestern University to major in theater.