The members of the Switzerland County High School graduating class of 2014 participated in commencement ceremonies this past Sunday afternoon; and as the ceremony began with overcast skies and a sprinkling rain; by the time commencement was over, bright sunny skies and warm weather greeted the new graduates.
It was a ceremony filled with aspects that make this class unique. The successes of the class from the class room to the athletic fields was highlighted; as well as the musical talents of band and choir members.
The ceremony began with a greeting from high school principal Gregg Goewert; and that was followed by Junior Class Marshals Adeli Kinne and Macy Barwick presenting the colors.
The processional of graduates into the gym was accompanied by Switzerland County High School band playing the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance”.
The Switzerland County High School choir then sang “The National Anthem”.
Senior Class Treasurer Bre Ricketts led her classmates and the audience in the “Pledge of Allegiance”; and Class Vice President Bradley Cox welcomed everyone to the program.
Class Secretary Cayli Chase introduced honored guests in attendance, as well as the class officers.
This year’s Baccalaureate address was given by Reverend Anthony Wilks, pastor of Truth Apostolic Church; and he challenged the class members to not only dream big, but to not be afraid to hold true to those dreams, and to pursue them.
Class Co-President Shyla Prince then gave the Prayer of Invocation.
Director of Guidance Marla Edwards presented those members of the class who have earned academic honors during their high school careers; and National Honor Society sponsor Pam Jones recognized the members of the National Honor Society. Marla Edwards then recognized those members of the class who had earned Technical Honors recognition; and also those students who had earned inclusion in the National Honor Society at the Southeastern Indiana Career Center.
She then introduced the Top 10 Seniors academically: Erika Coy, Vicky Abbott, Robin Furnish, Kirsten Furnish, Bre Ricketts, LA Phillips, Shelby Prince, Mercedes Parham, Kyle Konkle, and Rhea Dawn Powell.
This year’s first student address was presented by Class Salutatorian Vicky Abbott. She was introduced by high school teacher Mackenzie Wright, and used the symbolism of her truck, “Tank”, to share life lessons with her classmates.
This year’s second student address was presented by Class Valedictorian Erika Coy. She was introduced by high school teacher Barry Smith.
Erika Coy spoke on “Quo Vadis” – latin for “Where are you going?”, and ended her remarks by taking a ‘selfie’ from the podium.
Superintendent Mike Jones then certified the class.
After the presentation of diplomas, the benediction was given by Class Committee member Emily Evans; and Class Co-President Shyla Prince led her class in the turning of tassels.