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136 graduates bid LCCHS farewell tonight

As the strains of ‘˜Pomp and Circumstance’ fill the air, 136 Lamar County Comprehensive High School graduates will participate in commencement exercises tonight at Lamar County Stadium at 7 p.m. Another 19 seniors will receive certificates of attendance, pending successful completion of the state high school graduation test. After the processional, senior Quenton Matthews will sing the National Anthem followed by a welcome from Alan Shurling. Ashley Holliday will give the inspirational. Tre Easton will present the senior class gift. Addresses will follow from salutatorian Katie Lifsey and valedictorian Dinh Le. School board chairperson Suan Byars will address the grads and their guests. She will be followed by LCCHS principal Derick Austin who will recognize HOPE scholars and give the academic summary. Austin and school superintendent Dr. Bill Truby will present diplomas. Taylor Stone will bid the Class of 2009 farewell and Taylor Lee will give the benediction. Guidance counselor Holly Cantrell reported precise numbers of students continuing their educations after graduation are not yet available. ‘The trend over the last few years is that 40% go on to some sort of college. Of those, 15% go to universities,’ Cantrell said. While the numbers are not complete, 15 grads do have scholarships. they include David Henry, Allie Bankston, Emily Wilson, Shanquasha Hall, Blane Parker, Calvin Adams, Lifsey, Jasmine Jones, Christen Jackson and Amber Holloway. Kim Walker has a full, $20,000 grant to attend Macon State College. Timonica Holmes has a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at Middle Georgia College. Easton has a full scholarship to attend Wake Forest. Le, the valedictorian, has a full scholarship to Georgia Tech. School officials are requesting dignity and decorum at the graduation ceremony. A dress code is in place for seniors and guests are asked to wear their Sunday best. Other rules are: ’¢Students and faculty only on field. ’¢Admission to stands is on first come, first served basis. ’¢No standing around fences. ’¢Children must stay with their parents. ’¢No photography on the field. ’¢No artificial noisemakers or beach umbrellas. ’¢No yelling or cheering until all grads are announced. In addition, those attending should arrive early in order to park. The lots nearest the new stadium are reserved for graduates and faculty members.

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