POINT PLEASANT — The sun danced on the cusp of the horizon as the Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School 2014 seniors took their places on the football field, their backs to the stands, where anxious friends and relatives waited.
The event began with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Maggie Criste, as students and those in the stands stood and put their hands over their hearts. Following the Pledge, Erika Hernandez-Aki sang the “National Anthem” with the Black Knight Marching Band accompanying her.
A welcome and a prayer were said by Senior Class President Zachary Carry, followed by a Rachel’s Challenge presentation by Kamille Bonecutter, who is a representative. Rachel’s Challenge, according to their website, is a non-profit organization in honor of the first 1999 Columbine shooting victim.
After Bonecutter’s presentation, the summa cum laude graduates Avery Daugherty and Joshua Hudson were presented and gave short speeches. Daugherty spoke first and, after reciting a poem called “Roots and Wings,” she talked about how the Class of 2014 was given wings to fly after graduation.
“If your wings falter along the way, know that you are never alone, and there will always be a nest here at home to support you,” she said.
Hudson’s speech focused on thanking those who had helped him along the way.
“I could come to (my teachers) with any problem, whether school-related or otherwise,” he said. “With these problems, I could always count on quality advice from experienced minds, from those who do not get paid or get paid extra to care about what is going on in my life.”
After the speeches, William Cottrill, school principal, took a “selfie” with the Class of 2014 before presenting them to Mason County Schools Superintendent Suzanne Dickens, who accepted that the students were ready to graduate. Following the acceptance of diplomas, the students, led by Zachary Carry, changed their tassels, threw their caps in the air, and left the football field ready for their next step in life.
A complete list of graduates is as follows: Charles Adkins, Morgan D. Durham, Rachel M. Jarrell, Mariah A. Mitchell, Cody D. Schwartz, Holden L. Adkins, Brandon W. Edge, Brittany N. Jeffers, Diamond J. Molze, Tara L. Self, D’Angelo D. Armstrong, Ayla C. Edwards, Kimberly A. Jones, Alyssa B. Myers, Joshua N. Shaffer, Karlee J. Arnold, Alyssa M. Egnor, Jordan R. Jordan, Roger M. Neal Jr., Brianna N. Shobe, Jesse W. Bailes, Myranda J. Endicott, Kiersten P. Kammer, Corbin N. Neville, Tiffany S. Skiles, Tabitha D. Barss, Barron S. Epling II, Kiersten M. Kelley, Cassandra M. Nibert, Allison D. Smith, Elizabeth A. Bateman, Karli P. Farr, Tiffanee K. Kemper, Lindsay R. Nibert, Hope A. Smith, Derek T. Belcher, Molly M. Fellure, Kalynda M. Kinnaird, Victoria L. Nicholson, Roger J. Smith, Emma A. Beller, Payton C. Fetty, Abigail L. Lane, Garrett L. Norris, Casey E. Snyder, Benjamin A. Blain, Brittany D. Fields, Marjorie A. Lane, Carly H. Nott, Alex T. Somerville, Matthew T. Blakely, Rebecca L. Fields, Tyler R. Lane, Gary C. Painter, Justin W. Stephens, Elizabeth A. Blankenship.
Guy E. Fisher, Lyndie N. Layton, Caitlyn N. Parsons, McClellan L. Stepp, Kamille D. Bonecutter, Danielle R. Foglesong, Whitney J. Layton, James M. Patterson, Zachary L. Stewart, Gabriella M. Bright, Brendon J. Ford, Caleb J. Lee, Dakota S. Payne, Nicholas J. Temple-ton, Cortney B. Brotosky, Madeline F. Freeman, Kayla J. Lee, Colin T. Peal, Denver E. Thomas, Anthony M. Brown, Karli N. Gandee, Desirea D. Leport, Stephen L. Pearson, Wesley A. Thomas, Christina M. Bumgarner, Jason R. Gaul, Hannah N. Leport, Hannah E. Pennington, Austen A. Toler, Levi H. Campbell, Heather D. Gibbs, Kinneson C. Leslie, Christopher L. Pickens, Gregory N. Tucker, Jerusha E. Carpenter, Kendra R. Gillenwater, Danielle N. Liberatore, Alishia D. Plants, Marian Unterstell, Zachary M. Carry, Taylor M. Grimes, Kelly D. Litchfield, Evan C. Potter, Victoria E. Walker, Jessica D. Clarke, Brooke M. Grimm, Philip C. Long, Carly L. Preece, Jacob A. Wallace, Ashley L. Coon, Milton B. Grimm, Nathan E. Loomis, Tyler M. Queen, Charles B. Walton, Kaitlyn N. Corriveau, Joshua P. Grumbling, Benjamin A. Luckeydoo, John A. Raike, Wyatt A. Wamsley, Elijah M. Cottrill.
Shane A. Hager, Darryl W. Martin II, Tristan M. Randolph, Anthony M. Ward, Austin W. Coughenour, Taylor R. Hall, Tad G. Martin, Jack Reitmire III, Casey L. Ward, Mackenzie L. Craig, Clinton J. Halstead, Charles T. Massie, Brycen L. Reymond, Allison H. Watson, Maggie M. Criste, Lucas A. Halstead, Donald W. Matheny Jr., Morgan N. Reymond, Shayla D. Wears, April L. Crum, Quentin L. Hanning, Daren L. Matthews Jr., Jonathon D. Rhea, Kaylee J. Weaver, Colten H. Crump, Zachary T. Hardman, Holly R. Mattox, Devyn C. Rice, Erica A. Westra, Chase G. Dabney, Devan M. Hart, Kristine Maurud, Kristin N. Riegel, Tayyler S. Whitt, Rebekah G. Darst, Melinda D. Harvey, Amber L. Mayes, Andrea N. Robson, Alisha D. Williams, Avery M. Daugherty, Kayla D. Henken, William S. McCoy, Shelby E. Rodgers, Taylor R. Williamson, Morgan B. Dean, Eryka L. Hernandez-Aki, Bryanna L. McCullough.
Michael A. Rogers, Randie N. Woodall, Alyssa M. Deweese, Amber G. Hickman, David T. McDaniel, Trinity L. Rose, Shelby D. Woomer, Andrea N. Diamond, Evan S. Hill, Colin R. McDermitt, Steven T. Ross, Amanda N. Young, Peyton E. Donohue, Timothy A. Holley Jr., Renee A. Meek, David L. Russell, Kennedy A. Young, Sammie L. Doolittle II, Raven N. Howell, Leslie A. Meeks, Keisha L. Russell, Michaela A. Drummond, Joshua C. Hudson, Taylor B. Miller, Timothy A. Russell, Alexandra L. Duncan, Chasity M. Hughes, James T. Mitchell, Tricia L. Sayre.