Graduates are in alpha order Jeremy Norman Batson, Corey Layton Brown, Emily Louis Crandell, Seth Alton Despain, Chealynne Day Franco, Dylan Kalvin King, Jodie Lyn Maner, Dustin Bruce McLaws, Kimberly Ann McLaws, Cameron Curtis Pearsall, Victoria Faith White, Brie Janette Beaufeaux, Khaila Ellizabeth Lila Connolly, Jayfen Wayne Crook, Sasha Alexandra Durham, Noah Christopher Horn, Cameron Gordan Krug, Eva Marie Martineau, Kaylynn Jane McLaws, Devon Jacob McLean, Erika Rose White, John Robert Zent. Foreign Exchange Student Richard Wang. Photo by Barbara Samples/Mogollon Rim News
It is May 25th 7pm and all 23 graduates have big smiles as they anxiously await to enter the gymnasium to commence their graduation exercises. Emily Crandell gave a welcoming talk about living in a small town. She remembered incidents like chasing goats down the halls, animals in the classrooms and propane leaking in class rooms. The Salutatorian address was given by Dustin McLaws and two Valedictorian addresses were given by tied candidates and good friends Cameron Krug and John Zent. They all spoke of friendships acquired and all the memories and how fast time has passed. There were words of encouragement to fellow classmates and how important it is to believe in yourselves and that any goal can be achieved. But most of all they were proud to say, “We did it and let’s make the best of it and don’t ever underestimate yourself or sell yourself short. You have the power to do great things.”
I have been to other graduations and have never seen the Parent Dedication where students pass out roses to their mother and hug their mothers and fathers while they play the music of “You’ll Be in My Heart” and it was a heartfelt moment.
They gave gratitude to all the teachers and special recognition to Mr. Cheney and his 41 years of teaching. There was a standing ovation and they presented him with a ball cap. The choir sang a special musical number, “Strong” directed by Tiffany Martineau.
Senior Class Awards were presented by Mogollon High Principal Reed Porter and the Acceptance of the Senior Class was presented by Superintendent Ronald N. Tenney. Mr. Roger Owens presented the diplomas and, the benediction was given by Jodie Maner, a National Honor Society Member. The total local scholarships awarded equals $38,500!
It was an exciting event tonight; don’t you remember your high school graduation like it was yesterday?
“Your Imagination is your preview
of Life’s coming attractions.”