Mom, we made it!
About 200 Red Devils joined the ranks of Clinton High School alumni Thursday night, graduating in the high school gym.
CHS restored the tradition of naming a Valedictorian - Harrison Fisher - and Salutatorian - Joy McMann. Fisher gave the Commencement Address. He said, "Mrs. (Maureen) Tiller has been a good principal, but she is a little bit repetitive. She told me, 'Have a great speech, or not. The choice is yours.' I said, 'Wow, I never heard that before.'
"I have seen the potential all of you have. Lets go accomplish even greater things tomorrow."
Tiller gave each graduate a small red bag with a red heart inside. "My heart, Bowen, is with this class," she said of her son, graduate Bowen Tiller. Of the small red hearts, she said, "Follow your hearts, but take you heads with you."
Eighteen graduates received high honor stoles, signifying they earned GPAs of 4.5 or higher, the equivalent of a high A average. Braeden Webb received a special state recognition for achieving zero missed days in 12 years of school. Athletes of the Year Cynthia McHam and Derrick Mitchell were among those recognized students.
Speakers pointed out Clinton High JROTC had four National Scholarship recipients, more than in any other high school in South Carolina. As of graduation day, 13 Red Devils athletes had signed on to attend and play sports at colleges of their choice. Several scholarships were awarded, and Principal Tiller said the class has earned $2.5 million in scholarship money, with awards still coming in. "This class is a formidable combination of passion and intelligence," she said.
"When this class sets a goal, you definitely go after it with all your heart."
These CHS students and staff conducted portions of the Commencement program:
--Clinton High School JROTC, presentation of the colors;
--Zach Kennemore, student body treasurer, Pledge of Allegiance;
--Ti'Cambrius Copeland, senior class vice-president, The National Anthem;
--Cassie Nichols, student body secretary, Invocation;
--Nea Richard, student body president, welcome;
--Alissa Butler, senior class president, introduction of principal;
--Principal Tiller and Assistant Principal Tanya Wilson, announcement of scholarships and awards;
--Chris Wofford, senior class sponsor, slide show;
--Kylan Haupfear, student body vice-president, presentation of class gift;
--Harrison Fisher, Valedictorian, Commencement Address;
--Principal Tiller and Superintendent Dr. David O'Shields, presentation ofr diplomas;
--Senior Class and Clinton High School Wind Ensemble, Alma Mater.
The Class of 2016 graduation ceremony was dedicated in memory of classmate, Takajah Lameeshia Rice. A special flower arrangement was on stage to serve as a memorial.