Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central Graduates 40
BY JIM POTTS
A near-capacity crowd of family, friends, teachers, and school administrators witnessed the graduation of Bruceton-Hollow Rock Central’s 40-member Class of 2018, Friday night in Central’s Gymnasium.
After the invocation and playing of the “Star Spangled Banner” by members of Central’s Band, Class President Olivia Lowry welcomed the crowd to graduation ceremonies.
Lowry said, “Members of the Board of Education, Superintendent Duncan, Principal Norval, family, friends, faculty, and fellow graduates, It is my honor to welcome you all to the graduation ceremony for Hollow-Rock Bruceton Central High School’s Class of 2018. Today is the closing of a chapter in our lives. Thirteen years, 2340 days, of walking in the same halls and sharing the same memories. “The Hill” has been our foundation, our teachers have been our mentors, our friends have been our support, and our parents have made countless sacrifices to get us where we are today. Everyone here tonight has been impacted by the roar of the Tiger and the feeling of Tiger Pride. Tonight may be our graduation, but it was only made possible by everyone’s love, support, and sacrifices. Thank you and welcome.”
She added, “As we enter this next chapter of our lives, I want you all to remember that life is good. Go into every situation looking to learn something. Always look at the glass as half-full, rather than half empty. You are capable, you are worthy, and you are enough. Wake up each morning looking to better yourself. When you better yourself, you better your family. When you better your family, you better your school. When you better your school, You impact the community.”
After Lowry’s welcome address, the graduating class performed Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror” as their class song.
CHS Principal Joe Norval recognized the 2018 Honor Graduates. To earn this status, students must score an 18 or above on the English section of the ACT, a 22 or above on the Math section, a 22 or above on the Reading section, and a 23 or above on the Science section. These students are distinguished by wearing a gold tassel on their mortar boards. This year’s Honor Graduates included: Lawson Boyd, Josh Dare, Nicole Garton, Garrett Graves, Eric Grooms, Danny Hardin, Aubrey Hollingsworth Anna Hopper, and Nathan Robison.
Norval also recognized students Graduating With Distinction. To earn this honor, a student must attain an overall B average or above in high school and complete one of the following tasks: participate in at least one Governor’s School, participate in one of the state’s All-State Musical organizations, reach a composite score of 31 or higher on the ACT, or earn 12 or more semester hours of transcripted post-secondary credit. These students included: Dakota Braasch, Anna Hopper, Nathan Robison, and Cheyenne Stanek.
Several 2018 graduates participated in the Red Cord Program through Lifeline Blood Services. These students donated livesaving blood and are distinguished by wearing red cords with their robes. These students included: Brittany Forrest, Katlynn Sala, Hannah Work, Rachel Smith, Dakota Braasch, Nathan Robison, Cheyenne Stanek, Haley Hughes, Chris Hamilton, Anna Marie Martino, Josh Dare, and Maecy Bond.
Class Salutatorian Anna Hopper gave her address to the audience. She noted, “Tonight marks an end of another chapter in our lives and the beginning of great experiences yet to come. Graduation is an exciting time which is both a beginning and an end. Many of us have been together since Kindergarten. High school ends as we begin a new journey into adulthood to achieve our dreams for ourselves and the future.”
Hopper issued a challenge to her classmates, “Stand firm and remember where you came from and what you have accomplished against the odds, Cast out selfdoubt and all which holds you back from being the best you can be. The extra mile is never crowded. So, go forth and travel your own path. As we leave tonight endless opportunities await us. And so, the adventure begins.”
Valedictorian Garrett Graves said in his address, “The one thing all of these graduates, including myself, have in common is we are all about to move along to a new chapter in our lives. Some of us will go to college, go to the military, go into technical school, or go straight into the workforce. While all of us face different obstacles, we are all embarking on an exciting, scary journey.”
Awards and Special Honors were presented to numerous graduates followed by the presentation of the Class of 2018 to the Board of Education by Superintendent David Duncan. Diplomas were awarded to each graduating senior followed by the singing of the Alma Mater and the closing prayer.
Class of 2018 graduates then formed their now traditional two receiving lines and were given complimentary silver dollars by Superintendent Duncan before tossing their mortar boards in the air in final celebration.
Photos by Jim Potts/The Banner