2008-05-28 / Front Page

MCHS graduation different

by MCL staff writer

Graduates tossed the caps as the graduation ceremony concluded last Friday evening.
The home side of Pirate Stadium was almost completely filled with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends of the 2008 Miller County High School graduates Friday evening, May 23, 2008.

With a threat of much needed rain in the forecast for the commencement of the 2008 graduating class, it held off for the solemn service until it was well into the program. The heavy cloud came in and much of the program was finished except giving out over onehalf of the awards plaques, which was stopped to see if the diplomas could be given before the rains came. Some were given, and a good number walked the bridge outside. Just as some of those in charge came to move the program inside, the rains came.

Amazingly, the entire outside program was moved inside with the help of many of those in charge. It took only a few minutes to start the entire program part of the awards and issuing the diplomas. It was different, but not the first time rain ran the ceremony inside the gym.

(L-R) MCHS Salutatorian Ashley Spooner and Valedictorian DeAnna Mason get ready for the ceremony.
For the first time ever, you can see much of the MCHS graduation ceremony on the outside and the inside with over 400 photos on our website

This year's class chose the motto, "Life brings tears, smiles, and memories. The tears dry, the smiles fade, but the memories last forever." The class flower remains the red rose while the class colors are red and white.

The large crowd rose as the Miller County High School Band, under the direction of Mr. Richard Horne played "Pomp and Circumstance," and the junior marshals led the MCHS Class of 2008 under the arch and to the chairs in the center of the football field.

This year's junior marshals were Courtney Brownlee, Syltoya Bush, Amber Espinoza, Kelly Lane, Megan Phillips, Kendra Pickren, James Newberry, and Shelby Standifer.

The invocation was given by Cody Phillips after which Danielle Collier led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Kayla Cook welcomed the crowd to the commencement.

Janna Cox and Susanne Reynolds introduced the speakers for the commencement.

The salutatory address was given by Ashley Spooner. She addressed her class on a very touching and inspirational speech.

DeAnna Mason, the class valedictorian, also gave a very innovative speech and wished her class members well. Next on the program was the presentation of the awards to the graduating seniors.

Then came the main event that all of the students had been waiting for so long, the roll call of the seniors and the awarding of the diplomas.

Matthew Tully, Kristy Watson and Sabrina Grant gave the roll call of the seniors as they made their way across the bridge. The diplomas were given out by Mrs. Ginger Webster, Miller County High School principal, and Mr. Robert Phillips, Miller County School superintendent. They were assisted by the Miller County Board of Education members Chairman Leroy Bush, Vice Chairman Vicki Merritt, Sheila Freeman, David Lovering and Terry Pickle.

After the receiving of the diplomas, the traditional tassel turn was led by Kaitlyn Phillips and Allen George.

Kaitlyn Phillips then gave the Graduate's Creed, followed by Sabrina Grant, David Barwick, Shannon Crankfield, DeAnna Mason, Chase Widner, and Danielle Collier singing "You're Gonna Miss This," by Gorley and Miller. After this, the trio led the crowd in the singing of the

"Alma Mater."

Kelsi Richardson gave the benediction after which the MCHS  band played the recessional as the graduates marched out forming a single line in front of the audience. The program ended as the graduates tossed their caps in jubilation with a few tears.

Following the ceremony, wellwishers gathered on the field to congratulate the graduates. It was a good group of smart, young people with a caring and proud audience cheering them on to even bigger and better things.

God bless the Class of 2008.

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