“Well, Raymond, you’ve officially been inducted to the Guard. You’ve obtained a portion of my healing powers and received your healing stave. Now, it’s time to introduce you to your companions.”
He motioned for the other to follow and started toward the hall where the Guardians tended to public business and their Captains. “The majority of my own are out in the field, arranging and overseeing relief efforts for the recent tsunami in the south. Fortunately, the team you’ve been assigned to is still here. You’ll spend the rest of the day getting to know each other and tomorrow you’ll be sent out on an assignment under Nathan’s orders.”
He pushed the door open and called the other occupants of the room to attention. “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your last teammate.”
The apparent leader, a black haired woman with red colored tips, stepped forward and offered her hand to him. “My name is Violet Ladarius, I’m the appointed leader of the Crucible unit. On the behalf of my brothers and sisters, welcome.”
“Ladarius Sapho had his valedictorian speech already prepared when the principal at Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois informed the straight A student that he was not eligible to receive the top honor he worked so hard to achieve.
With a 4.135 GPA, The principal explained that, while he performed well enough for the valedictorian position, he technically didn’t qualify for the honor. “I was gonna be number one, valedictorian of 2014. I was going to be giving the speech at graduation. Now they won’t let me.” Sapho explained.
Antoinette Gray is a community advocate who has been trying to help Sapho retain his valedictorian status. “There is no policy,” said Gray told Fox 32. “They have been asked not once, but two or three times to produce that written policy. And the reason that was given by the school principal, is nonsense. Gray says the Principal is simply using his own discretion and that there is no regulation on the books specifying Valente’s decision to withhold the valedictorian from the Proviso East senior. A district representative said the policy can be found on the district website, but so far no one has been able to locate such a policy. According to Gray, it wasn’t in any written documentation anywhere.”
2015 left me a broken man.
It left me with so much pain that I am honestly surprise that I am still here.
I can’t predict the future, but i know for a fact that my depression will come to an end someday.
My story isn’t over yet, this is another chapter that is coming to a close.
I hope this next chapter will pull me out of this hole that keeps me away from who I can be.