The Switzerland County High School Class of 2016 went through commencement exercises this past Sunday, June 5th, under bright sunny skies.
The program began with high school Principal Gregg Goewert greeting those in attendance, and that was followed by junior class marshals Nicholas Braun and Mackenzie Covington presenting the colors. The traditional processional of ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ was played by the Switzerland County High School band under the direction of Jonathan Grice; and the National Anthem was be sung by the senior choir members Alyssa Behrens and Charmin Brooks.
Senior class secretary Chelsy Holyoke led the audience in the Pledge to the Flag; and Anna Lockwood welcomed everyone.
Senior class treasurer Kayla Jordan introduced honored guests; and Senior Class co-Vice President Tyler Vinup introduced the class officers of the Class of 2016.
McKenna Edwards, introduce this year’s Baccalaureate speaker, Patrick Lanman, Pastor of Olive Branch Baptist Church, and his remarks were followed by an invocation by Senior Class co-Vice President Brooke Todd.
Switzerland County High School Director of Guidance Marla Edwards recognized those seniors who earned academic honors; and also those who earned National Honor Society recognition at the Southeastern Career Center. She also introduce the Top Ten members of the senior class.
National Honor Society sponsor Valerie Smith introduced the senior members of the National Honor Society; and Principal Goewert and Guidance Director Edwards then introduced the class Valedictorian and the Class Salutatorian.
The first speech of the graduation was given by Class Salutatorian Courtney Gullion. She was introduced by English teacher Shaun Holiday.
This year’s Valedictorian address was presented by Breanna Braun. She was introduced by Assistant Principal and Athletic Director David Todd.
After the presentation of diplomas, Switzerland County School Superintendent Michael Jones then certified the class as having met the requirements for graduation.
The benediction for the ceremony was given by Makenzie Mathews, and senior class President Courtney Gullion led her fellow graduates in the turning of the tassels.
The band then play the Recessional as the new graduates filed out of the gymnasium.
From there, the new graduates assembled on the sidewalk in front of the high school, greeting parents, family, and friends.