With over 280 graduates in attendance, the gym was packed with family and friends who were there to witness seniors accept their coveted diploma.
Senior Class President Brooks Gorby began the series of speeches to the graduating class by pausing to remember the classmate who was not there to accept the diploma.
“I would like to take a moment to remember and honor our classmate and great friend Royce Logsdon. This empty chair in front is here to remind us how much of an inspiration to us all”
The class of 2011 has earned an impressive amount of scholarships money totaling more than $2.7 million to help the students further their education. That is more than any single class has earned.
In addition to the large amount of scholarship money awarded the class boasts of having many successful sports programs that went on to win district titles and compete at the regional level.
The top three percent of the class was recognized and the class valedictorian Andrew Rudnick was named along with the salutatorian Corey Travis.
Rudnick challenged his classmates to strive for greatness and not settle for being mediocre as each of his classmates makes his own way in the world in his speech.
Chasis Logsdon sang the solo Never Alone by Lady Antebellum and dedicated the song to Royce Logsdon.
Macy Percell was awarded the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This distinguished diploma promotes academic excellence and gives senior students the opportunity to be recognized for their exceptional academic efforts and was the first student that Meredith had ever awarded in his tenure as senior counselor.
Meredith presented the graduates to the crowd of well-wishers, as they lined up single-file to receive the diploma from Grayson County Superintendent Barry Anderson and the board members.
Then it was time for the ritual of turning the class ring and turning of the tassel and stoles to tell the world these were no longer seniors but the Graduates of the Class of 2010.
Graduates who wore the blue and gold cords were members of the National Honor Society. The black and gold cords signified members of the Beta Club.