The Grayson County High School Class of 2016 concluded its senior year with Commencement Exercises on Saturday, June 4.
241 students walked the line and accepted their high school diplomas during Saturday’s ceremonies. And, in total, 285 seniors graduated from Grayson County High School (GCHS) in 2016.
GCHS Principal Todd Johnston opened Saturday’s Commencement Exercises.
“We made it,” said Johnston, who first became principal four years ago when the Class of 2016 graduates began their high school careers. “Thank you for a great four years.”
2016 GCHS Class President Tristan Deering next provided his Class President Address, during which he encouraged his classmates to be their very best.
“I do not believe that it requires an extraordinary person to make a difference in this world,” said Deering, adding that he believes it requires only that someone be willing to do something extraordinary.
Deering concluded his address with some words of wisdom for his classmates: Keep it classy, not trashy; make sure to vote in November; and never forget to wear sunscreen.
Following Deering’s address, Class of 2016 Graduate Abbie Harpe performed a rendition of “Do I Make You Proud,” receiving much applause from those in attendance.
GCHS Senior Counselor Mona Higdon then presented the Top 3 percent of the Class of 2016: Rebecca Higdon, Kristen Tilford, Samuel Embry, Laska Anderson, Abigail Horsley, Shelby Watkins, Tristan Deering, Cole Manion, and Natalie Hack.
Kristen Tilford, the Class of 2016 Salutatorian, then provided her Salutatory Address, in which she admitted that she is afraid of what may come after graduation.
“Fear is inevitable…but with this fear comes the possibility of change,” said Tilford, adding that with the possibility of change also comes the possibility of great things.
The GCHS Chorus then provided a performance of “Lean on Me.”
Rebecca Higdon, the Class of 2016 Valedictorian, then provided her Valedictory Address, in which she encouraged her classmates to embrace the uncertainty that lies before them, as well as follow the guidance of Tim McGraw, who, in his song “Humble and Kind” encourages listeners to be just that.
Mona Higdon then presented the Class of 2016 to the Grayson County Board of Education, and Grayson County Schools Superintendent Doug Robinson, alongside members of the School Board, presented diplomas to the graduates.
Following the presentation of diplomas, Laska Anderson and Haley Hensel, Co-Class Vice Presidents, led their classmates in the ceremonial Turning of the Class Rings.
Hallie Powell and Leslie Payton, Class Secretary and Treasurer respectively, then led their classmates in the traditional Turning of the Tassels.
Johnston concluded the ceremony by dismissing the Class of 2016 graduates, whom celebrated by tossing their caps into the air.
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