By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – As the seniors at Tupelo Christian Preparatory School walked through their graduation rehearsal Friday morning, many of them teased one another, told stories and discussed plans for the rest of the day.
None of that came as a surprise to David Culpepper, the school’s headmaster.
“This class was very relational,” he said. “This class exemplified a family. They really cared about each other and reached out and had open arms to the community.”
TCPS graduated 17 students Friday night at Calvary Baptist Church. The school’s third graduation featured each graduate handing a rose to his or her mother and a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. Ellen Lowrie Black, a graduate professor at Liberty University, was the guest speaker.
Graduates Jenna Franklin and Elise Trousdale each said that they were struggling in school before coming to TCPS as sophomores but have since flourished. They cited the small class sizes and nurturing environment.
“I’ve learned that there are places that can give you second chances and people willing to help you,” Franklin said.
Culpepper said the school has had all of its seniors graduate and get accepted to college during each of the three years it has had graduates. This year’s class earned $285,000 in scholarships.
Valedictorian Megan Woodruff spoke to her classmates about the investment they have made in the school and the school has made in them. She said she wanted to impress upon her classmates how special she believes their school was.
“It is more like a family,” she said. “You don’t just go to class, you also gain Christian examples and character.
“Our class will have a really hard time not talking to each other because we love each other personally.”
Salutatorian Weston Webb issued a challenge to the class, asking his fellow graduates to think about who they are, where they want to be and how they want to be remembered.
Graduate Benjamin Hubbert said it was hard to believe that graduation day had come.
“I barely remember my senior year,” he said. “It happened so fast.”
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