Dawson County now has 220 new high school graduates following the commencement ceremony May 26.
Proud family members and friends sat side-by-side in Tiger Stadium at Dawson County High School as the seniors walked across the stage and accepted their newly-earned diplomas.
Addressing the graduates, Superintendent Keith Porter said that each year he attempts to think about what makes the graduating class unique.
The class of 2012 has shown resiliency in the face of adversity, he said, detailing how the students have been the first to take many tests following changes in the states requirements.
Salutatorian Jessica Smith also spoke, using her favorite study technique a mnemonic device to interest the audience. She listed out the word graduation, with each letter meaning a different thing. (You need to) figure out what your heart beats for and then run after it with reckless abandonment, she told her fellow graduates.
Valedictorian Greer French charged her classmates with taking a chance with every opportunity they get. Do things youve never done before, she said. ... The opportunities may never present themselves again.
Following the presentation of diplomas, the new high school graduates turned their tassels and tossed their hats into the air before leaving the stadium to the strains of You Make My Dreams Come True, by Hall and Oates.