School activities have now ceased for the summer. All-in-all it seems to have been a good school year with a bright out look for 2014-15; many new and exciting changes for everyone.
Thursday night I went to the eighth grade graduation. Miss Angela Pitts, who is the yearbook adviser, told me that she wasn’t going to be able to be there that night and asked if I would mind taking pictures for her. Of course, I didn’t mind at all. It was just like returning home to me. I took pictures at every event the school had for seven consecutive years.
There were several family members on hand that night to watch their junior high students graduate into the world of high school. Valedictorian Luke Brignon and salutatorian Nora Resendiz did an excellent job on their speeches. Mrs. Leanne Bryant delivered the address to the audience and reminisced about getting to know the graduates while they were in her English class. Diplomas were handed out by Mr. Eric Mabe, board president, and Mr. Steve Johnson, superintendent. Ushering the graduates were Cara Ford, Grant Earp, Rosa Schones and Luis Alvarez. This year’s eighth grade graduates were: David Alvarez, Larissa Alvarez, Luke Brignon, Eliot Tinajero, Macie Gilbreath, Elizabeth Jimenez, Tadd Marler, Kaleigh Poteet, Nora Resendiz, Koby Sharp, Merced Tellez and Brandon Wren.
Miller Grove School friends and family said goodbye Friday night to the graduating class of 2014 as they start another chapter in their life. As I sat there during the commencement exercises looking at this group of graduates I remember very well when they were in elementary school. The majority of the class has attended Miller Grove School their entire life. While the speeches were being recited and tears crept their way into the corners of some people’s eyes, I though about how proud I was of this group of students. When working at the school there were years when we, as faculty, would all think, “What are we doing unleashing these students into the world?” That was not so this year. Each of the students seems to have a sense of direction and a level head about them. I believe they will all have a positive impact on the world around them.
The evening started with an invocation from Nathan George and then Patrick Covington delivered the salutatory address. Connor Hall introduced Coach Gary Billingsley as the guest speaker for the program. In his address he mentioned stealing part of the quote with which I end my new article with each week. He reminded the students that “…all roads lead back home and back to Miller Grove.” Mrs. Kim Irby presented scholarships and awards to students and then Mark Allen gave the valedictory address. Mark did a very nice job tying in his theme together and still being able to mention each classmate by name in his speech. Mr. Steve Johnson along with board members Doug Hall and Jim Potts handed out the diplomas to the graduates. There was also a special presentation by Kaylan Bounds. She gave a gift to Mrs. Julie Smith to commemorate the ending of her tenure at Miller Grove High School. As the students walked down the aisle to make their way to the back of the audience they were escorted by Mika Massey, Logan Miller, Destri Danley and Dustin Emerick as ushers.
Congratulations to Cole and Kim Burnett on the arrival of their new daughter, Addison Kay Burnett! She was born June 5 at 12:29 p.m. at Hunt Regional in Greenville. She weighed 9 pounds, 13 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparent with a Miller Grove connection are Cindy (Tate) Russell and Billy Burnett and great-grandmother is Trudy (Dickens) Mayers of Sulphur Springs.
Happy birthday this week to Austin Tipps and Lisa (Renshaw) Oler on June 8, Pete Adams on June 9, Joyce (May) Cox on June 11, Sherry (Renshaw) Gilbert on June 13 and Terry Tate on June 14.
Happy 32nd anniversary to Stevie and Cheri (Sturdevant) Tipps on June 12.
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