Highlights from The Davidson Academy Opening Ceremony
Special Guest Speaker: U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings
|"As our world grows more competitive, we must run faster and better prepare our students to compete...The Davidson Academy is leading the way, challenging students with more advanced coursework and equipping them to succeed in college and the workforce." |
- Margaret Spellings, U.S. Secretary of Education
Secretary Margaret Spellings was in Reno on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006 at Lawlor Events Center to celebrate the opening of The Davidson Academy of Nevada, located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.
The ceremony commenced with 13-year-old Academy student, Annalisee Brasil, singing the National Anthem, which was followed by remarks from three students, each sharing their thoughts about the Academy. After comments from the attending dignitaries (below), U.S. Senator John Ensign introduced Secretary Spellings as the special guest speaker. Secretary Spellings praised The Davidson Academy as “a school that is such a great example of excellence, where the sky's the limit…. By tailoring instruction to fit each student's needs, this school is setting an example for many others to follow.”
In her concluding remarks, she addressed the Academy students:
"And students, when you graduate with the world at your feet, I hope you'll remember the tremendous support you were given and pay it forward—maybe even as teachers. After all, a big part of leadership is taking the time to look out for others—just as the people in this room have done for you.
"I encourage you to trust their belief in you and don't let anything or anyone narrow your dreams for the future. Even when you're not sure where you're heading, don't be afraid to take risks. Our country needs your energy and your ambition, so believe in yourself. Never give up. And may today be the beginning of a new journey and a great adventure."
U.S. Secretary of Education
Dr. Milton Glick