Graduation ceremonies take place throughout
Wanda English Burnett - Editor
Saturday, May 26 was a day of ceremony, pomp and circumstance
for many throughout the county. The day began with graduation
exercises at the Milan High School with a welcome by Michael L.
Parks, principal. Both Parks and Superintendent Andrew Jackson
presented diplomas to students. Its time for Moving On by
Don Besig was performed by the Milan High School Concert Choir
accompanied by Senior Christine Lawburgh. The change of tassel
ceremony was led by Zachary Baker, class president. The class
motto was And in the end, its not the years in your
life that count its the life in your years, by Abraham
The day continued with Jac-Cen-Del High School opening its door
to commencement ceremonies at 2:00 p.m. Remember This Day
was arranged and performed by senior Kaitlin Hughes following
a welcome from Superintendent William Narwold. Principal Raymond
Ratledge introduced the band/choir, who performed Aint
No Mountain High Enough under the direction of Glenn Unklesbay.
The senior class of 2007 was led in turning their tassels by class
president Joshua Tunny. The class motto was We could all
take a lesson from crayons. Some are bright, some are beautiful,
some are dull, some are short, some are tall, and some have weird
names. But they all have to learn to live in the same box.
Graduates from South Ripley High School were the last on Saturday
to participate in graduation exercises.
The forty-first annual exercise took place at 7:30 p.m. at the
Tyson Auditorium. Students were presented diplomas from Superintendent
Ted Ahaus and Class President Dustin Mathews led his classmates
in turning the tassel. The choir performed Irish Blessing
with the band presenting Battle Hymn of the Republic.
The class motto was Our lives are before us; our past is
behind us, but our memories are forever with us. The class
song was, My Wish by Rascal Flatts.
The newest class of graduates from Ripley County number 217.
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTOS
Pictured at right is Benjamin Demaree
of Jac-Cen-Del High School giving the "thumbs up"
after receiving his diploma.
Pictured below are Brian Beard and
Katelyn Bruns of Milan High School marching in to the
graduation ceremonies held in the high school gymnasium.
Pictured below, right, are Elizabeth
Lewis (left) and Ashley Downey (right) of South Ripley
High School as they gladly accept their roses during commencement
exercises held on Saturday at Tyson Auditorium.