DIAMOND — As Avery Brouillard, Diamond High School Class of 2018 got ready to walk into the baccalaureate and then graduation service on Sunday, her emotions was "very emotional."

DIAMOND — As Avery Brouillard, Diamond High School Class of 2018 got ready to walk into the baccalaureate and then graduation service on Sunday, her emotions was "very emotional."
"It is emotional because it is a change and change is hard," she said. "It is like, 'you are going to do this, but then after this, it is done. High school is over, you're (in) college.' It is very exciting to know that I can go on and pursue my dream, which is to be a preschool teacher. I plan to go to Crowder College."
Brouillard moved to Diamond at the end of my sophomore year.
"When I first moved here - I moved three weeks before to end of the sophomore year - I had a lot of people jump in to help me," she said.
She plans to take her friendships with her.
"Friendships, Diamond is full of friendships - even if you are not friends with someone, don't talk to them too often, they are always there for you," Brouillard said. "Teachers are there to do anything that they can to help you and if they can't, they will find someone who can. There is just a lot of good things about Diamond that I plan to take with me."
When asked why she picked her field of being a preschool teacher, she reflected back to her childhood.
"When I was younger, I am the oldest, I have all younger siblings, I would babysit and that is when my dream really started to shine," she said. "I realized that helping younger kids' minds form (to) learn for their future, it really made me happy. That is when it really hit me on what I wanted to do."
Brouillard was among a total of 52 graduates from Diamond. Prior to the graduation services, the seniors and their family and friends attended the baccalaureate service - also held at the high school.
"I am often asked, 'what is baccalaureate and what is it all about?'" Ron Crow, pastor of First Baptist Church. "Baccalaureate service is believed to originated at the University of Oxford in 1432, when a bachelor was required to deliver a sermon in Latin as part of his academic requirement. They were required to preach a sermon before the commencement of graduation, everyone of them. and often services would last four to eight hours. Be thankful that you are in 2018 and this service will last 30-40 minutes tops. The modern baccalaureate service is an outgrowth of the baccalaureate sermon and it is a time now that local leaders, religious leaders, community leaders, can offer words of encouragement, offer a challenge and offer some blessings to you as you face this milestone in your life."