La Plata seniors graduate in ceremony filled with school pride

La Plata seniors graduate in ceremony filled with school pride

Charles County Public Schools kicked off its 2015 high school graduation ceremonies by saying farewell to 383 La Plata High School seniors this morning. La Plata’s 8:30 a.m. ceremony started with performances from the school’s symphonic band and a welcome of guests from senior class president Ryan Burton. In his opening comments, Burton called his classmates “resilient” and said he and his peers were all destined for greatness.

In her speech to her fellow graduates, La Plata salutatorian Gabrielle Scanlin reminded her classmates to remember where they came from and how they helped make La Plata High School special. “I am so honored to be a part of this class. We are all special in our own way, and we are what make La Plata High School special. We will always be Warriors at heart,” she said.

La Plata’s valedictorian Ciara Albrittain said while she and her classmates may wake up tomorrow and not feel any different as new high school graduates, they will all soon realize students in the Class of 2015 are going separate ways. “Today we have endless possibilities and opportunities. This is the beginning of our independence. Good luck to you all. Take the world by storm. Never forget where we started, because the Class of 2015 is unforgettable,” she said.

La Plata’s Class of 2015 earned more than $12.6 million in scholarship offers, and additional totals are being reported as offers are received. La Plata’s graduation ceremony can be viewed at

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.


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