Class of 2008 honored at graduation for years of dedication and service

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Switzerland County High School held its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2008 this past Sunday, June 1st.

There were 97 members of the Class of 2008.

The program began with the Switzerland County High School Band playing the National Anthem; and the band then played the processional, which was led by superintendent Darin Gullion, principal Candis Haskell, and the members of the high school faculty.

The members of the graduating class entered from each side of the gymnasium, meeting in front of the band and walking to their seats in pairs.

After the seniors are seated, senior class secretary Robyn Woeste everyone in the “Pledge of Allegiance”; and class treasurer Emilee Waldron then gave the invocation.

This year’s baccalaureate address was given by Reverend Roger Parrott of Vevay United Methodist Church. He talked about the importance of finding a path in life that led to happiness as well as success, and congratulated the graduates on the completion of this phase of their lives.

Director of Guidance Denise Loaring announced the names of those graduates who had completed the requirements for an academic honors diploma; and she also brought the 13 members of the class’s “Top Ten” to the stage to be recognized.

This year’s senior class salutatorian was Morgan Ross. She chose English teacher Rosalind Harrell to introduce her.

In her speech, Morgan Ross talked about how her class had come together over the years, moving through elementary school and on to middle school, before finally bonding to become a truly special group of friends.

The introduction of class valedictorian Emilee Waldron was handled by science teacher Bonnie Fancher, who was selected by the valedictorian for that honor.

In her remarks, Emilee Waldron spoke of her grandmother and her graduation; and Emilee Waldron also read a poem that her grandmother had written for her class reunion years later.

Emilee Waldron spoke of the closeness of her class now, and asked each of them to remain close in the years to come.

Denise Loaring then introduced those students who have earned a Core 40 diploma, and also the graduating students who earned outstanding recognition at the Southeastern Career Center.

Principal Haskell then certified the class; and Darin Gullion officially accepted the class as graduates.

Diplomas were presented by Darin Gullion, Candis Haskell, assistant principal David Todd, and Denise Loaring.

After the class members have received their diplomas, the class was officially presented as graduates by class president Kara Hudson, who – in her own way – announced to the audience that there had never been a better class in Switzerland County than the Class of 2008. Her remarks brought a huge roar from her classmates

Kara Hudson then began the process of moving the graduation tassels, moving down to her classmates; and as she turned the first tassel, each classmate then turned the tassel of the graduate next to them.

Class vice president Sara Bovard then closed the graduation with the benediction; and the new graduates celebrated by throwing their mortar boards in the air; throwing confetti and streamers; and releasing hundreds of gum balls onto the gym floor.