Graduation Held at MHS

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Members of the MHS choir perform during graduation ceremonies.(TD photo/Jessica Rainwater)

Fifty-eight Marmaduke seniors walked onto the gym floor in front of a crowd of more than 300 family members, friends and fellow Marmaduke residents at MHS for the last time Sunday.

A total of 21 student graduated with honors, which Shelby Blackburn (who opened the ceremony) said was owed to the wonderful, caring teachers and faculty at the Marmaduke School District. Noah Hickson delivered the invocation in which he asked God to watch over the senior class as they pass into the next chapter of life.

Salutatorian Madison Nelson spoke of God's inspiration and how anyone can do anything by placing themselves in His hands. Co-valedictorian Alex Richey began her speech by reminiscing about going to a graduation as a child and knowing she wanted to be give a speech at her graduation and how her dream became a realization through hard work and determination. She was followed by her co-valedictorian Allison Hampton, who quoted Margaret Thatcher's famous line, "I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it will get you pretty near."

Entertainment was provided by the Marmaduke High School Choir singing "Don't Look Away." Bill Muse was the featured speaker at the ceremony. Muse's tenure at MHS began the same year the class of 2015 entered kindergarten. His daughter Hannah, being a member of the class, made him very close to the class as a whole. He thanked them for "being my kids," with teary eyes. He ended his speech with MHS' famous motto, "Once a Greyhound, Always a Greyhound."

Superintendent Tim Gardner and school board president Jason Weatherford presented the graduates diplomas followed by Logan Johnson, Brice Westbrook, Hayden Winberry, Eddie Page and Madison Price presenting a cap and gown to the family of Dillon Brown.

Brown would have graduated this year, but he was killed in a hunting accident in 2011 at the age of 14.

Gardner presented the class of 2015, and Ashlyn Raines, Sidnee Bopp, Jacob Edwards and Amber Howard led the audience in the MHS alma mater before leaving the gymnasium to the song "Tattoos on this Town" and entering into the world as adults.

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