Ripley commencement set for Sat.
JCD graduates 134
Two area schools held commencement
exercises on Saturday, May 23.
First at 10:00 a.m., Milan High School was the setting for 79
graduates to take center stage and receive diplomas culminating
their elementary and high school years of learning.
The crowd was welcomed by Principal Richard Healy after the traditional
processional Pomp and Circumstance, followed by the Star Spangled
Banner, ushered in the graduating class of 2009.
Those in attendance heard from Co-Valedictorians Rachel Hand and
Heather Mire as well as Salutatorian Brittney Knowlton. O. Eugene
Pitts, outgoing interim superintendent addressed the crowd. Randy
Combs presented diplomas.
Songs with poignant messages such as Its So Hard to
Say Goodbye to Yesterday," "We Go Together," and
"I Will Remember You, were presented by the choir.
The changing of the tassel ceremony was led by senior class president
Quentin Hackman, denoting the end of school days at Milan.
Class officers besides Hackman include Mary Mortara, secretary;
Zachary Holland, vice president, and Shelby Zornes, treasurer.
The class motto was Live your life to its fullest. Laugh
at all the things that dont matter. Love with all that you
have and more. Live. Laugh. Love.
The forty-ninth annual commencement exercises at the Jac-Cen-Del
High School were presented at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The school that has had the distinct honor of winning a state
basketball championship this year was again in the spotlight as
55 graduates proudly marched into the gymnasium to receive their
Superintendent Bill Narwold welcomed the crowd with one of the
star basketball players, Timothy Blake Sutton, giving a speech
Jac-Cen-Dels band and choir under the direction of Glenn
Unklesbay, presented Best Days and Bohemian
The presentation of awards was given by Principal Johnny Budd
with Valorie Ann Wagner honored as the valedictorian and Gerald
Alan Hardesty, taking the honor of salutatorian.
The presentation of diplomas was given by both the principal and
superintendent followed by the turning of the tassel with Gerald
Hardesty, senior class president, leading his classmates in the
The class motto was Dream as if you will live forever, Live
as if youll not see tomorrow.
Commencement exercises for South Ripley High School will take
place Saturday, May 30 at 5:30 p.m. The graduating class of 2009
will be the first to receive diplomas in the new high school gymnasium.
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTOS
of the 2009 graduating class at Milan High School listen
intently as graduation ceremonies come to a close on Saturday,
BELOW: Tanaha Simon pauses for reflection after she received
her diploma at the forty-ninth annual commencement exercises
held at JCD in the afternoon on Saturday, May 23