Commencement Set for Piggott High
Friday evening a group of 68 seniors will bid farewell to Piggott High School for the final time, and begin the next chapter of their lives, as graduation is held for 2014. Commencement exercises will be held beginning at 7 p.m. in the PHS gym.
The class officers for this year include President Chris Book, Vice-president Jerica Tate, Secretary Dylan Johnson and Representatives Taylor Davis and Lee Austin.
The class motto is, "if an opportunity doesn't know, build a door," and the class flower is the cotton blossom. The class song for this year is "See You When I See You" by Jason Aldean, and the colors are red and silver.
The sponsors include Karen Coomer, Misty Jolly, Jeri Lynn Swann, Alan Rabjohn and David Reynolds.
Led by the honors graduates, the class of 2014 will march into the gym to the processional, "Pomp and Circumstance" performed by the Piggott High School Band.
The first speaker of the evening is class valedictorian Hunter Holcomb. Hunter, the son of Paula Holcomb and Jason Holcomb, notes he'll be attending college with a plan of acquiring his master's degree in engineering following his graduation from PHS.
Afterward the PHS choir, under the direction of Ellen Meadows, will perform special selections.
Salutatorian Christopher Lee will be the next speaker on the program, and will the traditional address. Chris, the son of John Lee and Julie Lee, is unsure where he plans to attend college following graduation, but intends to seek a strong career path in order to support his future family.
Following his address, the scholarships and awards will be handed out by Amber Harrell, Piggott High School counselor. And, on hand to distribute the scholarships provided through Piggott Community Sharing Hearts, Inc. will be Paula O. Blackwell, of Piggott State Bank.
After the various scholarships and awards are handed out, Piggott Superintendent Charlie Powell will present the class of 2014 for graduation.
Diplomas will be handed out by Piggott High School Principal Barry DeHart, Piggott School Board President Julie McMillon and Piggott School Board Secretary Jeff Benbrook.
Following the distribution of the diplomas, and the ceremonial flipping of the tassels, the graduating class will join together to sing the PHS Alma Mater and conclude the festivities with the traditional shower of mortarboard caps.
The new graduates will then exit the gym to the recessional, once again performed by the PHS Band.