Spring is synonymous with fresh starts and new beginnings. Graduation season is here. Lowcountry parents will attend ceremonies wondering where the years have gone. Their sons and daughters will receive their diplomas and move to the next stage of their lives. Some will get summer jobs and others leave for college while others will join the workforce. Their lives are ahead of them; their dreams are fresh and vibrant. Staff photographer Delayna Earley found two students in Beaufort County who have differing goals but one thing in common — they dream big.
Michael Houston, left, is an 18-year-old senior who will soon graduate from Beaufort High School. For the past three years, Houston has been playing classical pieces and his own arrangements of contemporary music as a street performer in Savannah to raise money for his volunteer efforts. He has had no formal training other than instruction in the Beaufort County school system.
Reed Shindell, right, is an 18-year-old senior who recently graduated from Hilton Head Christian Academy. Shindell, a member of the school’s newly formed track team, has won numerous events in throwing the hammer and discus. He will attend Clemson University in the fall with a partial track scholarship.
These two are in tune and on track.