As a principal you get the opportunity to be a part of the lives of many great young people. The best part is that you get to see them as they are emerging into the great people that they will become. You get to see the flicker of greatness, the beginning of their ambition, and the start of their maturity. As a principal you get to be a witness to launching of young people who will hopefully change the world. Bobby BJ Smith was such a special young man. He had an infectious smile, a bigger than life personality, unlimited jokes and honestly a gift of mischievous adventure. He had a magnetic personality people and always drew a group of friends wherever he went.
BJ was part of the class of 2010 the senior class who welcomed me to South Cobb. I had the pleasure of handing him his diploma as he headed off to #Tuskegee University. However the most exciting part was watching him mature into a young man who loved college and who was ready to make a difference in the world. I could always expect to see him at least twice a year : once before he headed back to school in the fall and a second time at Christmas break. Our reunions were filled with jokes, hugs, and good conversation. Whenever he and his friends showed up … I stopped whatever I was doing to talk with them. I last spoke to BJ before he left for college this fall for his senior year. He was excited about graduating from college and the possible opportunity to come back to his high school and talk to some of the students. I am proud to have been his principal. Our school and community are saddened at the loss of one of our brightest stars and highest flying eagles. He was taken away too soon and with an act of senseless violence.
BJ we will miss you. But we know that you now soar with wings on the other side of the clouds.