HOUSTON – “What is a Hilltopper?”
Houston High School co-valedictorian Trey Franklin posed the question to guests at the May 23 graduation ceremony and offered some possible answers.
Franklin said a Hilltopper is one who, when knocked down 99 times, will rise 100 times.
He traced some of the local and national adversities faced by the class of 2013 during their journey through 12 years of education, including 9/11, the tornado of 2011 and the death of class mate, Elise Mobley.
Franklin said the class has learned the value of being Hilloppers.
“Hilltoppers are to be our brother’s keepers and to bear each other’s burdens,” Franklin said. “Tonight as Hilltoppers we stand at the top of the hill and reflect on the skills that have brought us here.”
Co-valedictorian Sydney Harrell thanked the parents and community for their support of the class but laid the credit for the success of the class, now and in the future, at the feet of the Lord.
“Through all the ups and downs we have experienced over the years, He has always been there and He always will be,” Harrell said.
Student council President, Molly May, gave the invocation with a remebrance of Mobley who died in an automobile accident in August of 2011.
“For all of us here, there is a hole in our hearts that is Elise-shaped,” May said. “But I know that she is with you in Heaven. Please hug her for us.”
May concluded her prayer with a request for God’s hand to lead the class into the future.
“Please guide us on the paths that you have chosen for us individually,” May said.
Houston High School graduated 97 seniors with one-quarter of the class receiving recognition as honor graduates or special honor graduates.