VARDAMAN – Twenty-nine seniors entered the gymnasium of Vardaman High School May 23 and 29 graduates exited the ceremony after moving their tassels after receiving diplomas.
Salutatorian Lori McClain said their graduation day was a tribute to “determination, perseverance and had work.”
McClain addressed her fellow classmates with positive words.
“Every single graduate on this stage has the potential to succeed,” McClain said. “”I believe the future accomplishments of the Class of 14 will be truly amazing. I challenge you all to make your own path.”
Nicole Baecher continued a three-generational chain as Valedictorian of her Vardaman class, following in the footsteps of both her grandmother, Betty Jean Wright, and her mother, Mitzi Wright Baecher.
Baecher admitted she found the ceremony “bittersweet,” but thanked the school board, superintendent, teachers and administration for their support through the years.
“We are leaving you in the best and most capable hands we know,” Baecher said of current students and future graduates of the school.
To her fellow graduates, Baecher said parting would be difficult but all of the graduates would move on to new ventures.
“We did not realize how hard it would be (saying goodbye),” Baecher said. ” pledge ourselves to remember all the true and lofty aims (already set).”
The Class of 2014 included four special honor graduates and three honor graduates. Diplomas were conferred by Principal Porter Casey and assisted by Gary “Boo” Griffin.