DIAMOND — A total of 62 Diamond High School seniors became graduates during their commencement exercises on Saturday at the high school.

DIAMOND — A total of 62 Diamond High School seniors became graduates during their commencement exercises on Saturday at the high school.
It came down to the wire - literally - to see who would be valedictorian and salutatorian.
"We were pretty close, 200ths of a point," said Carmen Martinez, valedictorian.
This year's salutatorian was Kristen Starks.
"Ever since I started freshman year, I had my mind set to not be the first, but to do my best and just make my parents proud," said Martinez. "Receiving the call that I did get this spot, it was just emotions. I was speechless."
Starks added, "I am very proud of my best friend (Martinez), I am very glad that she was able to accomplish such a great feat. It was very close, but we were kind of calculating it.... it was really close. I am very happy where I am at right now and I am very happy for my best friend, Carmen. She definitely deserves it. I feel very honored and pleased to fulfill the accomplishment of salutatorian at Diamond High School. Because this is very great school."
Both of them gave speeches to their classmates.
"I am going to go to Crowder College on the honors program for a year and then I will have my associates degree at 18," said Starks. "Then I will go wherever life takes me after that."
Martinez will attend MSSU.
"I am going for dental hygiene. and after two years, I am just going to see where I'm at," said Martinez. "For me, it felt like a safe environment. I like how they kept it clean. I love good hygiene. They know what they are doing (dental hygienists). I always like how they work so. I am really happy to learn and study how they do those things."
Martinez's advice for the underclassmen would be to never give up.
"Don't let anything hold them back, keep going, just don't stop, never give up," she said.