By Riley Manning/NEMS Daily Journal
BALDWYN – Youthful excitement energy was palpable at Baldwyn High School moments before the graduation ceremony.
In their last night as classmates Friday, graduates joked and fumbled with their mortar boards and gold honors tassels. Emotions were mixed, but it was clear the thing the students would miss most will be each other.
“I’m going to miss how close we all are,” said senior Carlton Cousin. “We’re a small enough class that we get to interact with everyone. It’s really like a family.”
Fellow senior Semily Ramsey agreed.
“Everyone in our group has such a unique personality,” she said.
Salutatorian Hana James, in her address to the class, encouraged her 51 classmates to “work hard and pray harder” to achieve their dreams and make something of themselves.
Valedictorian Samuel Griffin reflected that while the students may not remember all the particulars of the American Revolution, they had learned to always look at history in context. When the details of the periodic table of elements start to blur, the scientific yearning for exploration and discovery would not.
Alicia Dixon, also valedictorian, reflected on what it truly meant to be a Baldwyn Bear Cat.
“Yesterday we were high school seniors, and tomorrow we will be graduates, but this one night we are both,” she said. “For the first time we are responsible for our own actions. It is our turn to make Baldwyn proud of us, and to show Bear Cats put their heart and soul in everything they do. And they never give up.”
Would-be graduate Marcus Martin was recognized in the ceremony, after losing the battle to cancer on Christmas Day 2011. The young man who principal Adam Lindsey described as “caring” and “everyone’s friend,” was awarded an honorary diploma accepted by members of his family.
A teacher at Baldwyn High for eight years, Susanne Trollinger said every class is great but this one was especially vibrant.
“They really enjoy each other and enjoy life,” she said.
More photos and complete list of graduates in today’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.
Top of the Class
VALEDICTORIAN: Samuel Robert Griffin and Alicia Michelle Dixon
SALUTATORIAN: Channing Ross Lomax and Hana Grace James