The class of 2018: Columbia County seniors put an end to their high school career


Family members and friends filled James Brown Arena to watch their loved ones receive their high school diploma. NewsChannel 6 spoke with two of Greenbrier’s new graduates about the journey they took.

“It’s been a hard four years coming through high school,” said Nemeiah Lee. “[We] struggled a little bit, but we did well.”

“A part of me is excited, but another part of me is in disbelief,” explained Valencia. “Like until I get my diploma and see it, I don’t really believe that I graduated.”

Columbia County held it’s graduation ceremonies for all five schools this Memorial Day Weekend. Nehemiah Lee and Juan Valencia are two of the many students who have received their diploma.

They say now their plan is to get ready for college.  

“Just getting to know people, making friends and just learning experience,” said Lee. “Mostly being on my own.”

“To be on my own so I can learn who I am,” said Valencia. “And to explore other careers like that.”

Several people cheered and clapped when they saw their loved one cross the stage.  Lee and Valencia say they are going to end their high school career in style.  

“I might hit a dance pose or might say thank you to my momma,” said Nehemia. “You know just hit a pose.”

“I plan to pull off a Heisman pose maybe,” said Juan. “Depending on how I’m feeling.”

Evans, Lakeside, Grovetown, and Harlem high school seniors also took to the stage for graduation. 

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.