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TUPELO – Graduation dialogue usually is filled with cliche’s, but Mooreville High School Valedictorian Jessica Fisher and Salutatorian Brayden Whitmon steered clear of them Saturday night.
When asked how they felt about their final night as high-schoolers, there were no, “this is the first day of our adult lives,” or “it’s time to spread our wings and fly,” or any other phrases graduating seniors are programed to say.
“It’s real cool,” was about as original as Whitmon and Brayden could be.
Eighty-four Mooreville seniors walked across the stage at the BancorpSouth Arena on Saturday night to receive their diplomas. Even though their lives were about to change, the students were laid-back before the ceremony, joking, laughing and trading funny stories from the past four years. A few tears were shed, but only because they were laughing so hard.
Despite being at the top of her class in almost everything, Fisher admitted to being a little nervous when she woke up Saturday morning. Her speech was only halfway written and she wasn’t sure how to finish it. But instead of thinking with her head, Fisher said she decided to write with her heart and that’s when all the right words came out.
“I just feel good right now,” said Fisher, who plans to attend the University of Mississippi in the fall. “We had a great run at Mooreville. We had the best teachers and the best students and I’m going to miss everything about high school.”
Whitmon, a future Mississippi State University Bulldog, said he’d miss sports, friends and teachers. Even though he knows he and his classmates will go in many different directions over the next few years, Whitmon said they always will be a close-knit group.
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