40th GraduationBy Sarah Polan • May 18th, 2009 • Category: Student Life
New River graduated over 200 students at the 40th graduation ceremony on May 15th 2009. The commencement speaker was Montgomery County Superintendent of schools Dr. Tiffany Anderson. She gave an inspiring speech based on a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Edwards 117 was completely full for the occasion and there were many overflow rooms about the campus. Following the ceremony there was a reception in the Martin Lounge featuring the “Old Pros” where students and their families could eat cookies, drink punch and listen to the music.
About Sarah Polan:
Sarah Polan entered New River Community College in the summer of 2008 at age 16 after being homeschooled her entire life. She had already been a member of the Roanoke Times "Edge" staff for two years at that point. Sarah came to New River with the dream of rebuilding the long forgotten school newspaper and with the help and encouragement of Janet Hanks and the IT staff, the online Knight Rider was born. Sarah has served as editor and contributing writer for three semesters and continues to coordinate and produce the e-paper biweekly. She also edits an on-line national publication for the Boy Scouts of America Southern Region Venturing division and will be contributing an article to the nationally published Scouting magazine blog. She has also provided a student blog post to the student organization VA21. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling in search of her dream college which she will transfer to next year.
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