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38 graduate from NHS

By Staff, 05/14/18 12:43 PM

ROSSTON – It was literally standing room only in the Nevada gym for the graduating class of 2018 Thursday night.

With 38 seniors, the Nevada School District had the largest graduating class it’s had in years. The ceremonies began with members of the Class of ’98 presenting scholarship to Brady Rhodes and Jordan Sanders. The scholarships are for $1,000 each and were presented to honor the members the Class of ’98 lost too soon.

Sanders was the first honor graduate to speak. He said mistakes happen, especially in high school, but no one wants to mention them. However, he added, mistakes mean we’re making progress and show we’ve put forth effort. Mistakes don’t define us as a person and there’s no need to be discouraged ln life. “It’s not about the losses, but that we keep going. We can overcome any obstacle.”

Sara Hilliard was next, talking about how time passed and the classmates became a family, but their time together has come to an end. “We started off taking advantage of time, rushing toward graduation. A lot of us wish we could turn back time others are anxious to continue their lives. Now, we need to measure time, not by minutes, but by moments.”

Boston Moore followed, talking about how Nevada was his seventh school in 12 years. He thanked the teachers saying they did an amazing job guiding them and have had an effect on the students they’ve taught. “In some ways, teachers became like families. Some teachers are hands on, but all do what they do because they care.”

Bailey Reed was the final speaker saying the journey began 13 years ago and there were 20 students in the class back then, but they’re ending with 38. During this time, bonds have been created that can’t be broken because they became a family. Some moved away, others moved in. However, all will be starting a new phase of their lives. “I believe the Class of ’18 has a bright future ahead and it’s time to prove ourselves in the world. Do your best and be successful.”

Nevada Superintendent Rick McAfee gave the administrative address. “I look around the room. You have watched these men and women on the next step in their life. It’s been a privilege to stand here 30 years and represent the administration. You have a lot of challenges and need to step up and adjust to what they are. We want you to stick your neck out and take the challenges, make yourself something special. Your diplomas aren’t the end, they’re just a learner’s permit for the rest of your lives.”