The largest class in the history of Madisonville High School gathered at the Bernard G. Coliseum at Sam Houston State University on Thursday night to receive their diplomas as official high school graduates.
“Success can be defined by many standards,” said Valedictorian Alexis Ghormley. “But I believe that success is better defined by each of us and where our dreams and aspirations will take us. As we look forward to accomplishments and success, I reflect on something I have learned in my short 17 years, and something that will affect each of us: life is not fair. Life was not fair when we were in elementary school, intermediate school, junior high or high school, and it will not be fair when we step into the world to pursue our dreams.”
The MHS Class of 2019 comprised of 163 graduating members. During the procession, they were welcomed by the music of the MHS Varsity Band. The Band also performed the National Anthem to kickoff the ceremony and concluded it with a rendition of the school’s Alma Mater.
“The journey will be the path that we choose to follow and the steps along that path will be what our experiences become,” said Ghormley. “Some of the lessons will come easy and have a favorable outcome, but some will be bitter and leave distaste and heartache for us. Regardless, these lessons are what we must draw from along our journey.”
Also delivering speeches were Senior Class Vice President Lyndie Dunn with the invocation, Senior Class President Helena Dean with the welcome and introduction, Salutatorian Areli Ibarra Bedolla, Superintendent Keith Smith and MHS Principal Heath Brown. The benediction was delivered by Cameron Carroll, the Senior Class Secretary.
Principal Brown spent nearly three minutes of his time on the podium listing off the extensive extra-curricular accomplishments earned by the Class of 2019 before officially declaring them graduates.
“This is just a small representation of what this class has accomplished and it is an indicator of the talent and abilities that these young men and women possess,” said Brown. “I believe it is also important to note that none of these could have been accomplished without these students taking care of their academics. I have known most of you for many years now, and I am proud of each of you and the way you have represented Madisonville.”
The diplomas were handed out to the students by the Madisonville CISD Board of Trustees. The board members included Dr. Mark Bennett, Dr. Jason Cleere, Mike Corley, Dale Hurst, Zingara Manning, Greg McBee and Dennis McWhorter.