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May 25, 2014

Empire watches 32 of their own graduate

EMPIRE — A packed house watched 32 Empire High School seniors walk across the red-and-white checkerboard floor of the school cafetorium and take the stage to receive their diplomas.

“We made it!” Melaina Yearby, the class president, told her friends from the stage during her salutatorian address on Friday night.

Because it’s a small-town school, most of the graduating class had watched each other practically every step of the way during their public school education.

As Cassy Hill noted in her valedictorian address, “Most of us have known each other since elementary.”

“We are are all going to succeed at whatever we put our minds to,” she predicted.

Superintendent Vicki Davison thanked the students for their work and their parents.

“Parents, thank you so much for raising such outstanding young men and women.  Thank you for supporting the teachers and administration of Empire Public Schools,” Davison said.

Six members of the class received the prestigous State FFA degree,  the most in any graduating class at Empire, Davison said.

About $250,000 in scholarships and fee waivers were received by class members, she said.

EMPIRE SENIORS 2014

Kaelyn Allensworth

Austrea Beddoe

Dakota Bilbrey

Cole Bridges

Jessica Carney

Yesenia Carrillo

David Couch

Makenzie Craig

Colt Elam

Cody Evans

Rickey Gandy

Treasury Gauthun

Cassy Hill

Cooper Hill

Hannah Hollars

Gunner Leseney

Christopher McLaughlin

Kaylee Moore

Matthew Patrick

Stephen Price

Lydia Raney

Samantha Remy

Zachary Rivera

Maleni Rodriguez

Trey Skiles

Ashton Stephenson

Brandon Stogsdill

Kane Taylor

Shelby Turner

Joanna White

Jacob Wilson

Melaina Yearby

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