By Molly Seales
Thursday, May 13, was a big day for the 14 seniors of Riverdale Academy. They began their day with a breakfast prepared by some of the senior moms and ended it as they officially moved their tassels and became the 51st graduating class of the school. The gym was beautifully decorated for the evening, and it was a night the graduates will remember forever.
The master of ceremonies for the evening was senior class president, Matthew Seales. Dr. Richard Kaufman, pastor of Martin Baptist Church, gave a devotional based on Exodus 4:1-5. After the devotional, the two salutatorians, Parker Almond and Brennan Edie, delivered their speeches. They were followed by valedictorian Matthew Seales.
College scholarships were announced by Dr. Hunter Brown, followed by numerous awards and other scholarships. This year the Adam Lee Perkins Memorial Scholarship was presented to Paul Messenger. American Legion Awards were presented to Parker Almond and Abby Jones. Parker Almond was the alternate for the Louisiana Sheriff’s Scholarship. It was a big night for Brennan Edie, who received the American Legion Scholarship, the Larry Wayne Cole Sportsman Scholarship, and the Louisiana Sheriff’s Scholarship. Three graduates-Ronda Black, Pacey Lindsey, and Matthew Seales-were recognized by Lifeshare Blood Center representative Phillip Maxfield. These 3 students donated the ultimate “gift of life” during their high school years at Riverdale. Pacey Lindsey received the Lifeshare Blood Scholarship.
A slideshow with baby pictures, senior pictures, and each senior’s favorite quote was then shown. Afterward principal, Mr. Danny Rester, presented the graduates their diplomas.
The symbolic passing of the torch from the senior class to the junior class was carried out by seniors Pacey Lindsey and Jake Wilhite. Juniors who received the torch were Tyler Hodgin and class president Renee Prosperie. The seniors then had their recessional and threw their hats into the air as they celebrated the end of high school.
Members of the Class of 2021 are Tylee Adams, Pacey Lindsey, Paul Messenger, Garrett Wilhite, and Jake Wilhite. The following class members were honor graduates and had a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.5: Parker Almond, Witt Almond, Ronda Black, Brennan Edie, Austin Giddens, Abby Jones, Tinley Ogden, Matthew Seales, and Noah Wren.
The seniors would like to thank all of their teachers who have helped them out along the way. A special thanks goes to Dr. Hunter Brown, their class sponsor, who made sure that everything was perfect for their graduation ceremony. The graduates ended the night carrying out a couple of fun but tactful pranks, and they are now enjoying a week at the beach in Pensacola, Florida.