Riverdale Academy held its commencement ceremony last week. The graduates heard inspiring thoughts from classmates and school administrators. And they passed the torch on to the Junior Class.
The Devotional speaker was Bro. William Hall of Abundant Life Worship Center in Coushatta. Hall summarized what was on the graduates mind when he said, “Will the old people stop talking so I can get my diploma.” Hall promised to be brief. Hall talked about the super power each graduate has. He called it “the power to decide your life for yourself, the power of free will, the power of choice.”
Hall spoke of the greatness inside of each one, “I believe there is greatness planted by God in you. The tragedy is that some will decide there is no greatness. That your situation is what it will be.” Hall added, “Each of you decide I am going to produce something that is great.”
The Salutatory Address was by Jake LeGrande. He said, “I am calling this The Great Escape. If you work hard enough and eventually figure it out. I am not talking about breaking out of prison, but escaping into the real world.” He thanked the school for his education. “I have learned so many life lessons from Riverdale Academy. I will continue to use them along my way.”
Co-Valedictorians for 2018 are Madelyne Greer and Nicole Williams. They spoke of making friends at Riverdale. Greer said, “Riverdale became my home away from home. You provided family I never knew I needed.”
Williams thanked her parents, “My Father always pushed me. My Mother showed me a lot. My church family helped me know Christ.” Then speaking to the Junior Class, Williams said, “You are the people the underclassmen will look up to.” And Williams encouraged them to provide the good image.
Riverdale’s Honor Graduates for 2018 are Madison Nicole Aleander, Shealy Grace Almond, Brandon Tyler Gay, Madelynne Marie Greer, Allen Michael Jones, Benjamin Jacob LeGrande, Kamden Lane Messick, Reagan Tyler Prosperie, Jamie Nicole Swayze, and Carmine Nicole Williams. Other graduates are Josey Elizabeth Cobb, Jered Zakree Cook, Payton Michael Thornton, and Ryan Matthew Tomerlin.
The senior class motto is “If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one.” From John Galsworthy.