Thursday, May 30, 2013
Fitch tells grads to be accountable
By BARRY BURLESON
Lynn Fitch told the Class of 2013 at Marshall Academy to be positive, smile and make the right choices.
“Your life is your personal presentation. You own it,” said the state treasurer, a 1979 graduate of MA who returned May 20 for the commencement address.
“None of us get more than 24 hours a day. It’s how you use your 24 hours. You control your day. Be conscientious of your impact on others.”
She told the 26 graduates that character is hard to build but easy to tear down.
“Guard your reputation and your character,” Fitch said. “Every choice you make will wrap up your entire character – your decisions, your words, your actions.”
She also urged the young people to get involved.
“Stay involved at college,” Fitch said. “Participate. You will attain a great reward through relationships.
“Be accountable. Volunteer. Uplift others.
“Have a plan. Believe in yourself. You can make a difference.”
Fitch, a native of Holly Springs and the daughter of W.O. Fitch, was sworn in as Mississippi’s 54th treasurer on January 5, 2012. She is the first Republican woman to hold that office and only the second female in that office in the state’s history.
She said Marshall Academy was her beginning and made a huge impact on her life.
“Once you leave here, you will see where the foundation of this school made a difference,” she told the Class of 2013. “I appreciate this school so very much. This is my cornerstone.”
She said the teachers, the coaches and the administrators from her days at MA gave her the tools to succeed.
“It’s hard to believe that 34 years ago I was on this stage receiving my high school diploma,” Fitch said.
She said when she decided to run for state treasurer, she thought of her Marshall County roots.
“Two of the first people I talked to were Coach (Noel) Akins and Coach (Tommy) Gunn,” Fitch said. “They both told me, ‘You can do this.’ ”
She said Coach Gunn, who returned last year as headmaster of MA, reminded her that she was president of the Marshall Academy Student Council.
“They (Coach Akins and Coach Gunn) still believe in me,” she said.
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