Members of the Red River class of 2019 walked across the stage and received their diplomas. Then they turned the tassel on their caps. And they marched out into the world of advanced education and work.
Class President Ashley Evans welcomed parents, friends and students to the commencement exercises. Evans said, “The class of 2019 is overwhelmed with gratitude and thanks for all you’ve done for us.”
School Guidance Counselor Kyle Wren announced the list of academic scholarships received by members of the class. And Principal JC Dickey recognized the outstanding honor grads. Heading the class are Valedictorian Charli Williams and Salutatorian Sagar Patel.
In his comments, Patel introduced “the bright, bold, bodacious class of 2019.” He said, “Today is a turning point in our lives and we are ready to go on. In high school we loved, laughed and got into trouble together. Now we are starting over and looking to the future.” Patel urged his fellow grads, “Don’t look back and regret, but look forward and smile.”
Valedictorian Charli Williams told a lot of stories on her classmates. “This has been far from boring,” she said, “I have had my share of memories.” For her success, Williams said, “I thank God first, then my parents, family and teachers for the knowledge they handed me for the future.”
Williams added, “From now on you are responsible for you. Don’t forget where you came from. Grow, succeed, and conqueror. I wish you the best. You are one step away from the rest of your life.”
Then came the moment the students had worked over 12 years for. Principal Dickey, Assistant Principal Tiffany Roque and Superintendent Alison Hughes passed out their diplomas and shook their hand and wished them well.
As the ceremony concluded family and friends rushed in to extend their hand and a hug for the graduates.