The class of 2018 at Red River High is making their way in the world. Their high school career ended Tuesday night with commencement services.
Most of the awards the graduates received were presented in a special celebration last week, however Counselor Kyle Wren recognized students getting scholarships and the major awards. The change in the format of the ceremony was to save time at graduation and to give more recognition to more students at the special ceremony.
Red River Principal J.C. Dickey told the graduates, “You bring your families nothing but honor.” He had praise for their attitude and character displayed during their senior year. This was Dickey’s first year as principal and he recalled his first encounters with the top graduates.
There were co-Salutatorians this year. Kaylee Antilley made her remarks first. She said, “We owe a huge debt to the ones who helped us. Our teachers explained knowledge of the subjects to us and provided extra help when we needed it.” Antilley added, “You demanded excellence. You set the bar high and made us love up to it.” She also thanked her coaches for making the experience more about classwork than just athletics.
In her Salutatory Comments Lazaria Clark termed high school “a wonderful journey.” She says teachers spent their time to fulfill a commitment to our lives. Clark said, “Our eyes were opened to see people as they really are.” She referred to Jeremiah 29:11 and added, “We have absolutely nothing to worry about, God has written our stories. But we need to write more chapters. Don’t leave any page blank.”
Adriana Bradley gave the Valedictory Comments. She said there were some distractors, “But we proved those who said no were wrong. We can say we completed high school.” Bradley complimented her classmates when she said, “You had to go twelve years to get to graduation, but we pushed through. We had to go through the bad to get to the good.” And Bradley added, “Always keep trying. Make memories and live life with no regrets. Leave a mark like no other.”
The highlight of the evening was Principal Dickey and Vice Principal Tiffany Rock calling each graduate to the stage as Superintendent Alison Hughes presented him or her their diploma. Dickey certified the grads had completed all requirements for a diploma. And Hughes declared, members of the class of 2018 are now graduates of Red River High School. Move your tassels from right to left.”
Following the ceremony there were congratulations from friends and family members. And the class moved to a vacant spot on the field to throw their caps into the air to the cheers of everyone in the audience.