There were three graduations at Magnolia Bend Academy this week. The Kindergarten students graduated on campus on Tuesday. Also Tuesday, the eighth grade graduation was held at Red River Cowboy Church. The Class of 2021 graduated Thursday evening.
There are 10 graduates in the class of 2021 with eight attending the ceremony. They marched in and each presented a red rose to his mother before taking the stage. Victoria Anderson delivered the welcoming speech. Anderson said, “After tonight we may not end up where we thought we would. But the Lord has plans for where we need to be.”
The graduation speech was by Briannah Holmon who graduated Suma Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA. Holmon said, “I never imagined living in Louisiana or giving this speech. I’m finishing a year early and going to NSU.”
Holmon reflected on her high school career, “The last few years did not seem normal. This was due to the trials we faced. We could not have done it without our parents and teachers. And of course my thanks to God.”
Benjamin Lawson Wise graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.71 GPA delivered the devotion. Wise told the Bible story of the three men given talents. Wise said, “We have been given talents. It is all wasted if we don’t use it for Him.” And Wise concluded, “I want to be a faithful servant as God intended me to be.”
Crystal Cummin presented each graduate with a “gift” that reflected their personality and traits exhibited while in school. She told stories on each. “And I could go on all night with tales about this bunch,” she said.
At the conclusion of the ceremonies, each grad was presented their diploma. They marched out as they had entered. The grads gathered at the back of the room for the traditional tossing of their caps. Refreshments and fellowship followed as the graduates received congratulations from parents, family and friends.