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Few empty seats remained Sunday afternoon while friends and family gathered to celebrate the Louisiana High School graduating Class of 2013.
While the band played, everyone in the high school gym stood to welcome the 51 graduates as they entered in pairs, taking their last steps as high school seniors.
R-II School District Superintendent Dr. Richard Basden opened the ceremony by informing the audience that not only was this a graduation, but a celebration as well.
Salutatorian Karla Sippely gave a heartfelt speech saying that although the class had “been through many feats and battles” together, it was now “time to part ways.”
Valedictorian Brendan Ross smiled as he told the crowd that his high school career had “been a spectacular ride.” He referred to the graduation as “a celebration into the next chapter of life.” Ross closed his speech by saying, “I shall never forget [my class].”
Wearing yellow and blue sashes, 15 of the 51 members of the Class of 2013 were recognized for being in the LHS National Honor Society. They were Stephanie Crawford, Angela Grant, Haley Heil, Holly Henderson, Kelsey Henderson, Justin House, Robyn Johnson, Derek Keely, Molly Naxera, Megan Painter, Greg Pitzer, Jennifer Radcliff, Braxton Wallace, Ross and Sippely.
As a whole, the graduating class received over $100,000 in scholarships. Quite a few of the seniors took advantage of the newly implemented A+ program and plan to attend community colleges.
By completing the A+ program, students can have their tuition and student fees paid for while attending a two-year college.
Three graduates of the Class of 2013 received recognition for their enlistment in the military. Michael Cohea and Jacob Remmels will serve in the National Guard, while Alexander Cantin will enlist in the U.S. Army.
While it may be the end of high school for the graduates, they can still reflect on their good times spent at LHS as they enter their future endeavors.