West Carroll Graduates 58
BY JOEL WASHBURN
ATWOOD (May 10) — West Carroll High School graduated 58 students in its 34th class since the school system was formed. Students marched into the school’s gymnasium two-bytwo and took their respective seats in the center of the gym.
Jordan Winberry gave the opening invocation, and Class President Noah Rogers gave the welcome remarks.
Rogers said, “…May 10th, 2018 seemed as if it took an eternity to arrive, but now that it is here, it seems like we were merely in the fourth grade a few short days ago.”
He thanked the parents, family, and friends for attending the celebration.
“Your kind words, encouragement, laughter, hardiness, and wiliness to keep us on the narrow path for our high school career have done nothing less than prepare us for this night and the days ahead.”
Rogers thanked the faculty and staff of West Carroll for their diligence. He asked his fellow graduates to channel their three most powerful parts of their bodies – the heart, soul, and mind. He encouraged them to do whatever it takes and not to be satisfied with mediocrity.
Sheila Little offered the valedictory address and encouraged students to look forward to whatever lies ahead, whether it is college, tech school or a career.
“Look forward to failing, as it is a natural part of life, even though we all wish it wasn’t. Look forward to making discoveries and changing the world, even if it is only one person’s world. Look forward to succeeding and achieving your goals after all you hard work. Look forward to a positive mental attitude about life. Look forward to making these upcoming years the best of your life….”
Little closed by quoting from her youth pastor, “It’s not about the grades you make. It’sabout the hands you shake.”
Kassie Ann Arnold performed a vocal rendition of “Hero” for the gathering.
Sunni Cooksey, guidance counselor, announced each graduate’s name as he or she was presented a diploma. He student was presented a red rose to give to his or her parent.
Graduates included: Alexia Jane Allen, Kristen Michelle Annis, Kassie Ann Arnold, MaryAnn Haley Arnold, Ashley Barlow, Tyler Owen Barrow, Rosa Bernal, Russell Boals, Noah Blake Brasher, Lori Beth Bridges, Wyatt Butler, William Delano Coleman, Ian Combs, Gabrielle Serena Davis, Caroline Seroba Deer, Carter Deer, John Robert Dowland, Jessica Ann Edwards, Vivian Lynn Fesmire, Wayne Fesmire, Brandon Lee Graham, Kelsey Elizabeth Hand, Dylan Harper, Aaron Harper, Micayla Brooke Hart, Chase Andrew Holt, Dylan Holt, Alexander Howard, Elizabeth Ann Hudgins, Emily Francis Hudgins, Haley Lia Hughes, Colton Wright Johnson, Aubry Nicole Jones, Shelia Kay Little, Shawn Longwitz, Hannah Renee’ Massey, James Daniel McCord, Jr., Miracle Medlin, Destiny Danielle Montgomery, Mikaela Grace Morris, Alaya Grace Murphy, Mackenzie Ivey Phelps, Madeline Gracie Pigue, Brittany Polinski, Keilee Renee Price, Tristan Rhea, Chole Angelieca Ridgely, Carson Lee Robinson, Noah Whitney Rogers, Danielle Marie Sellers, Chris Shear, Dalton Lane Vaughn, Sierra Skye Voris, Kenneth Walker, Patience Whitmore, Hailey Elizabeth Winberry, Jordan Winberry, Austin Windom.
The top ten were: Sheila Little, Dylan Holt, Kelsey Hand, Haley Hughes, John Dowland, Noah Rogers, Austin Windom, Caroline Deer, Brandon Graham, and Lori Bridges.
Photos by Joel Washburn/The Banner