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