The Class of 2017's graduation went off without a hitch on May 26th. There were approximately 260 students who walked the stage to receive their diploma. The graduates seemed ready to move on to their bright futures, prepared with one of the finest academic settings in the state.
The ceremony at the Mt. Vernon High School football field began the future of some very excited seniors. Highlights of the evening included the band performing the prelude and national anthem as graduates filed into their seats, followed by opening remarks by Mr. Derek Shelton, Assistant Principal.
The salutatory address was given by Kallan Ratekin and the valedictory address was by Nathan Grandstaff. The choir sang "An Irish Blessing" arranged by Dominick DiOrio. The band played "Into the Clouds" by Richard Saucedo and "Xerxes" by John Mackey. An empty chair sat in honor of a fellow classmate, Kendra Lewin, who passed away before graduation. Many classmates wore purple ribbons in remembrance, and board member Shannon Walls read a poem as a tribute.
Soon after Mr. Greg Roach, Principal of Mt. Vernon High School, addressed the Class of 2017 encouraging the seniors to make a difference, look to give back and to choose what is right. Mr. Roach then presented the Class of 2017 to Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins, along with:
Mrs. Brooke Tharp, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Sarah Weaver, Class Sponsor
Mrs. Jaime Wilson, Class Sponsor
The top academic students in the class received their diplomas first, followed by the rest of their classmates in alphabetical order.
Principal Roach gave the final farewell, which was followed by the senior student class president presenting Mt. Vernon High School with a large Mt. Vernon shield.
The choir closed the ceremonies before the recessional with "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" by Peter Lutkin.