Commencement ceremonies for 35 Spring Hill High School graduating seniors at Hempstead Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope campus Thursday night was a poignant scene.
The valedictory delivered by Ryan Neal McRaven, son of Michael and Lindsay Elledge recalled the life and times of the Class of 2013.
McRaven offered a special remembrance of Debra McMaster, the Spring Hill math teacher who lost her life during the Albert Pike floods in 2010. He also recalled the mentoring of his grandmother, and spoke of how both women were an important part of his life. He closed by remembering a passage from the New Testament in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
The salutatory by Hunter Clay Calhoon, son of Brian and Tammy Calhoon, also remembered the experiences of the Class of 2013. Calhoon offered special mention to his teachers and their mentoring of himself and his classmates, concluding with well wishes for the Class of 2013.
Spring Hill High School Counselor Kay King announced the awarding of some $1.5 million in college scholarships to the Class of 2013.
Highest honors students in the Class of 2013 include Ryan McRaven, Hunter Calhoon, Lauren Ashlee Kidd, Mardi Gayle Burns, Destiny Rae Carrico, Lindsey Brooke Fuller, Madison Paige Kidd, and Hayden Blake Halbert. Those students maintained grade point averages between 3.75-4.50, with ACT composite scores of 19 or higher, and completed eight or more honors classes, graduating with a minimum of 26 credits, according to King.
Honor graduates include Colton Belk, Cody Sipes, Boone Kidd, Jacob Johnson, and Cole Townsend. Those students maintained a GPA of 3.50 or higher, completing six honors classes, with a minimum of 26 credits toward graduation, according to King.
Superintendent Angie Raney and school board also presented diplomas to Alannah Colon, Quinton Collins, Carter Yocom, Courtney Hood, Sheardon Pearce, Zachary Ivers, Lauren Jones, Myleigh Calhoun, Micalah Winer, Marley Ruple, Natalie Hood, Marshall Cato, Brady Thirft, Layton Medlen, Carson Cato, Shawn Morrow, Austin Spencer, John Paul Smith, Haley Bobo, Jessica Putman, Cayman Cato, and Wyatt Putman.
Seniors also present roses to parents, family, friends and mentors, which has been a school tradition for many years.
SHHS is the second high school graduating class to conduct commencement exercises in the new $10 million conference/arts venue on the UACCH campus. This was the first year for commencement exercises for Spring Hill to held at a location off campus.