A total of 67 Diamond High School seniors graduated during Sunday's commencement ceremony at the high school.
DIAMOND — A total of 67 Diamond High School seniors graduated during Sunday's commencement ceremony at the high school.
"We are very, very proud of you, what a great day to celebrate the successes and your future successes," said Dr. Patricia Wilson, superintendent of the school district.
Salutatorian Jordan Douglas and valedictorian Kyleigh Copley gave speeches to their fellow classmates.
"It seems just like yesterday we were just all freshmen," Douglas said. "Now this day, sitting here today, four short years, as the upper classmen in our caps and gowns and getting ready to embark on a new journey.
Throughout this journey, we have worked hard to get here and we owe a huge thanks to the following people: to the parents, thank you for supporting us in many ways. To our teachers, thank you for sharing your talent and knowledge. Yes, we know that it is part of your job, but what you did for us went beyond the call of duty."
Douglas also thanked the administration and staff for their work.
After Douglas' speech, Copley came to the podium.
She will be attending Missouri State University, Springfield.
"We have all worked very hard to get to this moment in our lives," she said in her opening remarks.
Copley talked about a goal she had early in life.
"Standing up here today has always been one of my biggest goals, but looking back I realized that I didn't take the time to stop and enjoy every opportunity," she said. "I had learned that when life gives you the chance to ride a roller coaster, you should buy the ticket. Enjoy every bit of life that you can and learn as much as you can."
In conclusion, Copley congratulated her classmates.
"I would like to congratulate the class of 2013 on our great accomplishments," she said. "We put a lot of effort in to to make it to this day. I wish all of you the very best of luck in life."
Prior to the traditional moving of the tassels, to signify they had graduated, high school principal Brian Lee had a few words.
"When you look back during your days at DHS, remember the good things, the fun times, the friends that you have, activities and clubs…" he said. "This will be the last time that everyone in this room will be together.
Celebrate all of your great memories that you shared with each other. Have the guts to go for your dreams… I challenge the class of 2013 to set the bar high for themselves."