Monroe County graduates looking to future
Approximately 400 graduate from area schools
BY JEFF CLARK
With approximately 400 high school seniors graduating from Monroe County schools, it marks the end of school for not only the graduates but for three of the area’s superintendents.
Aberdeen’s George Gilreath, Amory’s Jim Sappington and Nettleton’s James Malone have supervised their final graduation ceremonies at their respected schools.
Malone, who has been with the Nettleton School District said graduation 2009 was a bittersweet affair.
“This a sad occasion for me in many ways,” Malone said. “But at the same time, I am looking forward to my retirement. There were a lot of really bright kids in this year’s graduating class and I feel certain they will go far in life. Over my 25 years, I have some changes in students, but they are basically the same as they were 25 years ago.”
At Amory’s graduation, which was the school’s 100th class to graduate, Sappington told the students that he, too, just like them, started out at Amory schools 13 years ago, amp”and now we’ll just saddle up and ride off into the sunset,amp” he said.
Amory student speakers talked about the significance of being the 100th graduating class at the school, citing the school’s progress, sports prowess, improved buildings and other aspects of the school district.
Monroe County School District Superintendent Scott Cantrell said he feels his graduating students are prepared to meet the challenges of the future.
“We are extremely proud of all our 2009 Monroe County School District graduates,” Cantrell said. “They have all stayed a sometimes difficult course, and I know they are prepared for great things ahead.”
Hatley High School Valedictorian Meagan Dabbs summed-up the 2009 sentiment of local graduations when she told her classmates to “be the best that they could be in everything they do in life.”