By Molly Seales
Riverdale Academy held its 52nd Commencement Exercises last Thursday. Mistress of ceremonies, senior class president Renee’ Prosperie, gave the welcome followed by the invocation and hymn led by Dr. Hunter Brown. The devotional was given by Rev. David Hanna, grandfather of graduate Reagan Huddleston.
Salutatorian Renee’ Prosperie then gave her salutatory address, followed by valedictorian Reagan Huddleston with his valedictory address.
Dr. Hunter Brown presented school honors to the graduates, followed by scholarship presentations.
Ms. Darlene Dickson presented the Adam Lee Perkins Scholarship in honor of her late son. This year’s recipient was Levi Shaver. Sheriff Glen Edwards presented this year’s Sheriff Scholarship to Renee’ Prosperie, with Ty Jones being the alternate. Mrs. Ashley Cole Guillory presented the Larry Wayne Cole Sportsman Scholarship to Renee Prosperie and Ty Jones. Renee Prosperie was also awarded the American Legion Scholarship. The Scottish Rite Patriotism Award was presented to Denver Williams and Renee Prosperie, and the American Legion Award was presented to Reagan Huddleston and Renee Prosperie.
Principal Danny Rester presented diplomas to the Class of 2022 (an * beside a name denotes honor graduates):
Sarah Dabbs, Sidney Free, Rylee Hodge, Tyler Hodgin, *Reagan Huddleston, *Ty Jones, *Kenley Loftin, Caden Long, *Monroe McCarty, Jake Messenger, Chandler Nettles, Kaden Nettles, *Renee Prosperie, Levi Shaver, *Denver Williams, and *Rylee Kate Woodard.
The senior class led the audience in the alma mater, and finally seniors Kenley Loftin and Caden Long carried on the tradition of passing the torch to juniors Emma Clemons and Luke Greer. Board President Dan Cason gave the benediction, and then the Class of 2022 proudly marched out and tossed their hats. Congratulations Class of 2022! We are proud of you and will miss you greatly!