VARDAMAN: 2013 class handed honors, diplomas

CJ-0529-GRAD-Vard1-3C.jpgVARDAMAN – Thirty-three students stepped across the stage, shook principal Paul Porter Casey’s hand a accepted their diploma from Vardaman High School at 2013 graduation ceremonies.

Parents, faculty, students and the entire community gathered at Vardaman High School Gymnasium Saturday afternoon to see a number of honors, awards and diplomas handed to seniors. The ceremony saw each student’s name and list of their accomplishments read and their name and personal photos displayed on the wall in the gym.

“We worked hard for these diplomas,” said Valedictorian Summer Williams. “As we walk out of the doors our heads are held high because we are graduates of Vardaman High School.”

Williams was named the 2013 Vardaman High School Valedictorian after maintaining a 95-average – or above – during her four years in high school. Williams was also vice president of the student council.

“The first day of first grade we made friends, learned how to mind our teachers and learned our ABC’s,” said Williams. “Today, we have learned so much more and while we are different, we all still attended Vardaman schools. That will be the tie that binds us to this community for the rest of our life.”

Salutatorian Jenna Campbell also spoke of the time spent at Vardaman High School.

“As high school graduates this time at Vardaman High School is ending,” said Campbell. “Our diplomas and the friendships we made are proof the time we spent here was not wasted.”

Both Williams and Campbell also thanked those who helped them reach this high school milestone.

“From the Vardaman High School Class of 2013, we want to thank the teachers, principals, parents and this community for helping us graduate,” said Campbell. “We would not have made it without your love and support.”

The ceremony also saw senior observe a moment of silence for Casey Wilkerson who joined the district in 2000 and would have been part of this graduating class.

Saturday’s welcome was given by 2013 Class President Marc Gracia. The invocation was given by Briana Wright and the benediction was given by Shavon Welch. The crowd was led in singing the Vardaman Alma Mater by Tamara Mister, Deidre Rose and Shavon Welch.

The day also saw each graduating senior handed a rose to present to their mother or guardian.

Following the recessional – and as tradition – the Class of 2013 gathered in the back of the gym to hurl their caps into the air.

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