Better late than never. Lavaca High School class of 2019 walked across the stage and received their diplomas. The graduation ceremony today at 4 pm previously had been scheduled for yesterday but had to move due to weather related power outage. The postponement was a problem for some. There were a couple of senior graduates who had to miss out on walking because of travel plans that could not be moved last minute. There were also some family members who had to miss watching their graduate walk for the same reasons. Lavaca High School did send out messages to allow students who missed to have a photo opportunity when they return. They also sent out a heart felt apology for any inconvenience the storms may have caused. However, as stated better late than never.
Avery Green started the ceremony off by singing the National Anthem followed by Trevon Moore leading the room in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Speakers for the night included Valedictorian Drake Gross, Salutatorian Morgan Taylor, Senior Class President Hayden Vereecke, along with former teacher and Hall of Honor recipient Richard Thomas, Superintendent Steve Rose, and Principal Felicia Owen. While two of the speeches did mention the starting of a fire in the parking lot, the one common thread through out was how the class of 2019 was prepared to face the next chapter of their lives.
Guidance Counselor Steve Moody took to the podium to read off the scholarships that this group of graduates had been awarded. The 47 Graduating Seniors have earned in excess of $685,710 in scholarships and grants for college. Felicia Owen again took to the stage to present the class of 2019 to the school board members qualified for graduation. As there names were called they came forward and received their diploma from the school board and had their tassels moved by Mr. Rose. At the completion they finally got to hear what they’ve been waiting a long time to here “I am proud to present the 2019 graduates of Lavaca High School”.
I’m going to take a little personal liberty to say that I have known many members of this class for many years. This is a very special class. Not just because two of them are mine, but because of the love and friendship that I have witnessed in so many of them. The ties that bind this class is about as strong as any I have ever seen. It has been my pleasure to watch these young adults grow from young kids. To have had so many of them at bonfires at my house, to have coached some of them in various sports and to have cheered them on ball fields and courts all over the state of Arkansas. To them I say thank you for the memories and a special thank you for the friendships you have given to my boys.