South Ga. church recognizes local graduates

| June 6, 2017

VALDOSTA  – Sunday, Morning Star Baptist Church in Valdosta recognized over a dozen graduates across South Georgia and North Florida.

The happy day was celebrated among church family, friends, and local school leaders.

The church was filled with song, while they awarded 13 men and women for their hard work.

Among the crowd of graduates was Maya Flucas, a Valdosta High honor graduate.

It was her second time walking the stage this month, but this time, in front of her church family.

“It was really empowering,” says Maya. “I think leading up to it you feel really big, but when you’re there, it’s just like wow. I’m here, so what’s next.”

She’s looking forward to August, when she starts college in Thomasville.

It’s a milestone, Maya says, that couldn’t have happened without the support from her mom.

“A lot of times, I would go up to her room in the middle of the night and say I don’t want to go to school tomorrow,” says Maya. “She would tell me, one day at a time and you got this.”

Vanassa Flucas, Maya’s mom, says, “It’s just pride and love. I know the struggles she went through to get to this point and every child is different. I’m just proud of her.”

The graduation recognition and awards program has been a special tradition at Morning Star for nearly 20 years.

“There were young people here today, and I have no doubt they are saying to themselves, I’ll be glad when I receive a plaque and gift from Morning Star for my achievement,” says Dr. William Morgan, Morning Star Pastor.

Church families presented several different scholarships to college students.

They were worth $250 to $1,000 each to support the education of their local youth.

(WCTV Eyewitness News)

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