Palmyra High School’s 2018 graduates exhibited a mixture of emotions through hugs, wide smiles and tears during commencement exercises Thursday, May 24 on the Palmyra Middle School football field.
After the processional performed by members of the Palmyra High School band, the students and everyone filling the stands listened to senior choir member Kenna Obert as she sang "The Climb." Superintendent Kirt Malone recognized all of the family members, staff, faculty and school board members in attendance. He introduced commencement speakers Brock Boulware and Sydney Fountain, who each shared words of wisdom and recollections with their classmates, family members and friends.
Boulware thanked parents and teachers for the help they provided throughout each students academic endeavors.
"You’ve led us to success our whole lives, but it’s now time for us to forge our own path," he said. "We couldn’t have done it without you, and we will always be thankful."
Fountain echoed those sentiments of how members of the Class of 2018 will move forward toward success.
"Because after we leave this field, we won’t be remembered by test scores or by attendance rates," she said. "We’ll measure these years by the relationships we’ve built and the memories we’ve made."
Palmyra High School Assistant Principal Larry Seago announced the 2018 Valedictorian was Logan Mitchell and the Salutatorian was Kierston Holstine. High School Principal Jared Pontius presented the Class of 2018, and Board of Education President Chuck Keller gave each graduate with their diploma.
As graduates posed for group photos and selfies after they cast their caps toward the sky, Delanie Fohey and Logan Mitchell shared their reflections about this milestone in their lives.
"I’m really excited because we’re graduating — I put a lot of work into this, and it’s finally done," Mitchell said. "Honestly, we all put in a lot of hard work for this."
Fohey agreed that the class was one-of-a-kind.
"I couldn’t ask for a better class to go through high school with."
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