Maryland First Lady Katie O'Malley addresses Kennedy Krieger High School's 2010 graduating class

June 15, 2010
On Friday, June 11th, Kennedy Krieger High School welcomed Maryland's First Lady Katie O'Malley

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Maryland First Lady Katie O'MalleyOn Friday, Jun 11th, Kennedy Krieger High School welcomed Maryland's First Lady Katie O'Malley to address the graduating class of 2010. Forty-three graduates from the High School and LEAP program were rewarded for many years of hard work with a Maryland high school diploma or a Maryland State Certificate of Completion. The presence of First Lady O'Malley signified the importance of this commencement for not only the students, but for their families, friends and teachers as well.

"Today, we celebrate you. We celebrate your individual accomplishments and your collective accomplishments," said First Lady O'Malley. "And what makes today's ceremony different than a lot of other graduation ceremonies is that you have beaten the odds." Despite their wide range of backgrounds and experiences, the students had become a cohesive graduating class. Together they held a successful fund-raiser for Haitian relief, and completed a noteworthy Eagle Scout project to create accessibility for students with disabilities at the John Archer School in Harford County. "You have inspired all of us through your hard work, your determination and the courage that sustains you through life's challenges," said First Lady O'Malley. "Each of you has successfully achieved this by capitalizing on your strengths and overcoming obstacles that might have stopped someone else in your position. You have so much talent and potential and knowledge at your fingertips, and with that power, you can do anything in the world. You can make a path of your own. You can make a difference."

First Lady O'Malley's words were left echoing throughout the Kennedy Krieger gymnasium, filled with the students' families, friends, clinicians and teachers; all of whom looked on with pride as each student stepped onto the podium and accepted their certificate or diploma.