Toppers move tassel

Houston High School Senior Johnny Allen accepts his diploma at graduation ceremonies Thursday, May 22, 2014 as Houston School Board Trustees look on. (Floyd Ingram / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com)

Houston High School Senior Johnny Allen accepts his diploma at graduation ceremonies Thursday, May 22, 2014 as Houston School Board Trustees look on. (Floyd Ingram / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com)

HOUSTON – As the tassel was moved so was a lifetime memory for 99 Houston High School graduates.

Formal graduation ceremonies were brought to a close at Hilltopper Field Thursday, May 22 as graduates of the Class of 2104 moved the tassel on their caps across their face to signify they were now high school graduates.

The event saw one of the largest crowds ever pack the stands at Hilltopper Field as family, friends and the community watched each graduate walk across the field to receive their diploma from Houston High School Trustees.

In her speech to the class Co-Valedictorian Cameron Byrne thank her school, her friends and her parents for her memories at Houston High School.

“This is a moment we will carry with us for the rest of our lives,” said Byrne. “Today is the last day we will all be together as a class. We need to cherish this memory and the many good memories we have of our education at Houston High School.”

Byrne pointed out each graduate had been shaped not only by the school and the community, but by the friendships they made and the moments they shared over the past 12 years.

“We give our gratitude to each member of this school and this community for shaping us and making us who we are,” said Byrne. “But this is not the end. There is no end for the Houston High School Class of 2014.”

Co-Valedictorian Beth Rinehart also pointed out the journey doesn’t end with graduation. Rinehart thanked her Lord, her parents and the community for helping her graduate and urged her classmates to be successful in whatever they pursued.

“The world has many things to offer but the true satisfaction lies in Jesus Christ,” said Rinehart. “Pursue Him and He will take care of the rest.

Dr. Randy Rinehart, father of Beth and pastor at Parkway Baptist Church, gave the Baccalaureate Address and urged graduates to live in the “now.”

“You have all come a long way and you have all worked very hard to get to this point in your life,” said Rinehart. “What you do now is very important.”

Rinehart said graduates should have dreams for the future and probably have regrets in their past.

“But yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery,” said Rinehart. “Today is the day you have and each of you needs to seize the moment and do the best with what you have.”

Houston Superintendent Dr. Steve Coker told graduates the district has done their best for them and the future was theirs to shape.

“I challenge all of you to be the best I know you can be,” said Coker. “Congratulations!”

And with that 99 diplomas were handed to the Class of 2014.

The invocation was given by Karli Ching and the benediction was given by Koby Hill.

Houston High School Principal Buz Boyer served as the Master of Ceremonies.

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