Words of encouragement came from a few people Saturday night, as 69 seniors graduated from Diamond High School.
“You have worked hard to walk across the stage today and I applaud your perseverance and dedication,” said Brian Lee, the high school’s principal. “Be sure to thank all of the people. When you look back at your years at DHS, remember the good things, the fun times, the friends that you had. I am extremely proud of each and everyone of you for what you have accomplished.”
The newly hired superintendent of the school district, Gene Rice, asked that all of the parents, friends of the graduates, school personnel and school board members stand.
“Graduates, look around, these people have stood behind you, they have stood with you, they have been there for support, and been there to work with you. Now we stand to applaud you graduates for a job well done,” said Rice.
The night also included addresses from salutatorian Katie Henson and valedictorian Asia Mahan.
“All of our hard work and dedication has paid off,” said Henson.
Henson said that some of the graduates would continue on with their education, while others will “jumpstart” their career in the workforce.
“I am so proud of all of our accomplishments,” she said. “Good luck and congratulations class of 2014, we made it.”
Prior to Mahan giving her address to the graduates, both she and Henson took turns and thanked the teachers, classmates, families and others throughout the years.
After the dual speech, Mahan then gave her advice to the underclassmen.
“I would like to tell all of the remaining students at Diamond High School, always be yourself. Never compromise who you are, your personality or your values for someone or something,” she said.
She also challenged them and read a quote.
“Follow your arrow, wherever it lands,” Mahan said.
One by one, they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas from school board members.
Prior to the official announcement that they had become graduates of DHS, Lee concluded by saying, “go out into the world and make your mark on it.”
Moving the tassels from one side to the other, they graduated. The class of 2014 then grabbed cans of Silly String and covered each other with it, as friends and family waited to congratulate them.