97 members of Class of 2010 to graduate this Sunday

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The 97 members of the Switzerland County High School graduating class of 2010 will participate in commencement ceremonies this Sunday afternoon. The ceremonies are set to begin at 2:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium, and family, friends, and members of the community are invited to attend.

The ceremony will begin with the Switzerland County High School band playing “The National Anthem”; and that will be followed by the processional of graduates into the gym.

Shayla Smith, class secretary, will lead everyone in the “Pledge of Allegiance”; and valedictorian Laura Findley will welcome everyone to the commencement program. Valedictorian Kayla Keith will then introduce honored guests in attendance, and Angela Swanson, class vice president, will introduce this year’s Baccalaureate speaker.

This year’s Baccalaureate Address will be given by Patrick Lanman, pastor of Olive Branch Baptist Church; and that will be followed by a prayer of invocation, led by class treasurer Maggie Armstrong.

Director of Guidance Marla Edwards will then present recognition of academic honors, and she will also introduce the Southeastern Career Center Honor Society. Librarian Virginia Reeves, who is retiring this year, will recognize the members of the National Honor Society, a group that she has served as the sponsor of for many years. Bradley Street of the Southeastern Career Center will give Technical Honors recognition.

Retiring teachers Ann Roller and Kathy Williams will then introduce the Top 10 Seniors; and that will be followed by assistant principal David Todd and Director of Guidance Marla Edwards introducing the class salutatorian and valedictorians.

Student addresses will then follow. This year, two student speakers have been chosen to represent their class. As has become tradition here, those speakers have asked a member of the faculty to introduce them.

This year’s first student address will be presented by valedictorian Carrie Truax. She will be introduced by high school teacher Erin Gerth.

This year’s second student address will be presented by valedictorian Danielle Ballard. She will be introduced by high school teacher Pam Jones.

With student speeches concluded, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Jones will then certify the class.

Diplomas will be presented by Superintendent Jones and Jim Phipps, President of the Switzerland County School Board of Trustees.

Following the presentation of diplomas, class salutatorian Jamie Phipps will present a tribute to deceased classmates Ashley Lynn Walden and Dillon Wayne Henry. That will be followed by a Song of Tribute performed by class member Chaithy Compton, accompanied by her father, Doug Compton. Class officers will then light candles as part of the ceremony.

The benediction will then be given by valedictorian Caitlin Hale; and Ariel Clark, class president and valedictorian, will lead her class in the turning of tassels.

The band will then play the class song; and will follow that with the recessional as graduates and members of the faculty leave the gymnasium; and graduates will then meet family members and friends in front of the school.