Dight voted grad speaker for Class of 2017

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Social studies teacher Donald Dight has been voted by the senior class to be this year’s speaker at graduation.  Dight was chosen out of a field of fellow teachers whom the seniors had written in to be included.

Dight said he was “blown away” when the senior class officers presented him last week with a pack of gummy bears and a sign asking him to speak at graduation.

“I was awed and humbled at the same time,” he said.  “I was totally surprised, having only been here a couple of years.”

Justin Askenazy
Social studies teacher Donald Dight poses with seniors (from left) Christopher Aviles, Audrey Barber and Kenny Ayers. Dight was voted this year’s graduation speaker by the seniors.

Dight said he has spent “every red light on the way home” thinking about what he wants to say to the graduates.  Among the topics, he said, are “my experiences at Edison, my own high school experience, when we blossom in life and what it means to be an Eagle.”

With many of the previous grad speakers occupying the same social studies hallway, Dight hopes to solicit some advice from them and other teachers as to what to address in his speech.  At the same time, however, he said he hopes the speech will be”unique to me and my perspective.”

The grad speaker nomination was mired in controversy earlier this year when principal Pamela Brumfield announced that the social studies department had taken itself out of the running to be nominated since they had done it for so many years.  After backlash from the seniors, the teachers were again placed on the ballot.

Dight said he hopes to rise above the controversy.  “You can’t please everybody,” he said.  “I hope to be able to represent the faculty [and] social studies department well and communicate in a way that is meaningful, heartfelt and effective.”

“I am tremendously grateful to the seniors,” Dight said.  “I think this is the greatest honor a teacher can have bestowed upon them.”

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