POINT PLEASANT—Despite dark clouds threatening rain all day, skies cleared on Saturday for the 2013 Point Pleasant High School graduation, which was held outdoors at Riverfront Park.
After a welcome to all staff, graduates, and friends and family from Anna Leonard, student council president, class salutatorian Shanna Noel Hunter took the podium. She cited the “endless love and support of family members and teachers” in helping her and her classmates through the past four years.
“It seems like yesterday that we were nervous and excited freshmen,” Hunter said, adding that this is just the beginning. “It’s the beginning of adulthood.”
Hunter said that she wished all the graduates the best of luck. She was succeeded at the podium by the co-valedictorians, Josie Fisher and Clarissa Alabi-Isama, who jointly welcomed everyone and took turns speaking.
“It is truly an honor to be co-valedictorian,” Fisher said. “We are filled with bitterweet emotions, but one thing we know for sure is that we’ve achieved great things.”
Fisher and Alabi-Isama talked about the academic and athletic accomplishments of the 2013 class, as well as the prowess of the Point Pleasant High School band.
Fisher said, “We have earned the right to be proud and confident, and we have a commitment to excellence.”
Alabi-AIama added that no matter what the graduates choose to do after graduation, each one has the opportunity to be a success.
“Whether we are going to college or heading straight into the workforce, our lives are truly what we make of them.” Alabi-Isama said.
“Remember, we are all going through the same things,” added Fisher, “We are not alone on this journey.”
The girls concluded their joint speech by saying in unison, “We’ll see you!”
Suzanne Dickens , superintendent of the Mason County Schools, read the acceptance of the 2013 graduates, and Tom Nunnery, president of the Mason County School Board announced the graduates, who are as follows:
Maria Lynne Abdella, Sarah Elizabeth Absten, Jonathan Andrew Adams, Robert Dakota Akers, Clarissa Funmilayo Alabi-Isama, Robert Erik Allbright, Lydia Shea Allen, Jordan Anthony Armstrong, Jody Trenton Bailes, Cassidy Jo Bailey, Jennifer Lynn Bartee, Brianna Lanee Bartram, Ethan Hunter Bellamy, Destoney Dessarey Berkley, Zachery Taylor Blake, Matthew Todd Blakely, Ryan Dale Bonecutter, Johnathan David Bragg, Ashley Nicole Briel, Robert Donn Brotherton, Destiny Ann Brown, Katie Cecile Bruner, Logan Nathaniel Burch, Jordan Danielle Bush, Thomas Richard Byus, Tylun Scott Campbell, Zachary Paul Canterbury, Shannon Lashae Caruthers, Nathaniel David Chapman, Charles Tyler Christy, Cordell Scott Clark, Zachary Ray Coe, Rodney Jay Cornell, Casey Cristyn Corriveau.
Amelia Bren Costelli, Zachary Scott Crawford, Courtney Noel Daniels, Austin Nathaniel Darst, Caleb Lee Davis, Megan Michelle Davis, Tabitha Marie Dean, Darrien Kelsey Denais, Cody Michael Devault, Ashleigh Lauryn Diddle, Dax Q. Dodson, Rachael Nicole Duncan, Kaylee Marie Dunn, Monica Gayle Dunn, Jesse Thomas Ebert, Lyle Jok Endicott, Colby Lee Fellure, Rebecca Lynn Fields, Josie Elizabeth Fisher, Brandon Matthew Flowers, Thomas Baker Foust, Eric Leander Freeman, Jacob Tyler Fultz, Seth Lee Gandee, Jacob Tyler Gardner, Brandon Micheal Samuel Garrison, Heather Dawn Gibbs, Shane Alan Gibson, Courtney Nicole Gravely, Marquez Demar Griffin, Jonna Lynn Hall, Justin Andrew Hall, Harrison Hunter Halstead, Cassandra Moneeke Hamilton, Dakota Eugene Harmon, Erin Elizabeth Hatfield, Nicholas John Hatfield, Ethan Eugene Herdman, Jeremy Mark Hill, Trevor Ray Hill, Andrew Thomas Holley, Justin Wade Hughes, Shanna Noel Hunter, Sarah Lynn Hussell.
Dakota Allen Jeffers, Joshua Allen Jeffers, Hope Ann Jones, Brett Alan Jones, Austin Levi Garrett Kanniard, Kyle Eric Kidwell, Eli Nelson Kimberling, Charity Lynn King, Taylor Jordan Kinnaird, Emily Lee Kitchen, Jason Aaron Kroese, Justin Lucas Lambert, Anna Helena Leonard, Corey Christian Leonard, Travis Joseph Leonard, Lindsay Marie Leport, Makennah Camille Lewis, Xiaoli Li, Matthew Craig Lidel, Anthony Scott Linger, Kaitlin Marie Liptrap, Jacob Keith Litchfield, Shayla Breann Litchfield, Jacob Adam Lyons, Jon Michael Massile, Christian Matthew Mccarty, Larry Dillon Mccarty, Elijah Storm Mcclanahan, Ashley Nichole Mcgill, April Lee Mchenry, Robert Bradley Mckown, Renee Ann Meek, Adam Leroy Mercer, Victor Niklas Mertin, Cole Trent Miller, Mikala Nashai Miller, Brycen Forrest Minton, Gregory Wade Monette, Breanna Nicole Moore.
Amanda Daigh Musgrave, Zachery Everett Nibert, Haley Brooke Norman, Derek Thomas Oxyer, Damienn Ray Payne, Cody Allen Pearson, Anthony Chase Perry, Kasondra Dee Peters, Haley Nichole Pierce, Cheyenne Snow Pitchford, Andrea Nicole Porter, Steven Wayne Porter, William Micah Powell, Kristopher Michael Presley, Destany Brianne Pursley, Christian Charles Pyles, Goldie May Queen, Stephen Jamie Rainey, Taylor Morgan Ratliff, Ronald Edward Ratliff, Brady Alexander Reymond, Caleb Dean Riffle, Kaci Danielle Riffle, Olivia Lacinda Roach, Clyde James Rollins, Tabitha Danelle Roub, Elizabeth Marie Roush, Sarah Elizabeth Salyers, Ashley Ruth Marie Sayre, Colby John Sayre, Leslie Morgan Schwartz, Noah Lee Searls, Jacob Ryan Shaffer, Devin Lee Shamblin, Paul Alexander Sheets, Corey Brandin Shinn, Adam Wesley Slack, Larry Wayne Slayton, Christopher O’Neal Smith, Hannah Michaela Smith, Jared Todd Smith, Breanna Summer Nicole Stanley, Rachel Lynn Stiffler, Christopher Austin Storms, Cody Richard Stover, Josie Rayanna Stover, Tyler Scott Stover, Dakota Russell Alan Stranahan, Haley Jo Sturgeon, Amber Marie Summers, Alexander Wade Swain, Conner Jackson Templeton, Adam Russell Thomas, Makenzie Jo Thomas, Nathan Phillip Thomas, Ryan Jacob Thomas, Eric Von Thompson, Hallee Renee Van Hoose, Reba Jean Vanmeter, Shae Nicole Vanmeter, Tyler Joseph Vanmeter, Katelin Raenell Vanscoy, James William Vanvranken, Judith Vives Sanchez, Robert William Wallace, Ashley Nicole Wamsley, Heather May Watson, Makayla Marie Westfall, Taylor Mai Wilcox, Heather Ashlee Wilcoxen, Derrick Eugene Willet, Andrew Clay Williamson, William Michael Wilson, Augusta Wind Wright, Amanda Nicole Young, Brook Lynn Zink.