High School held commencement exercises for the Class of 2017 on June 1, 2017,
at the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena on the campus of Texas Christian University in
Jeremy Ross presented the graduates to the Board of Trustees. Diplomas were
presented by school board members: president Nancy Alana, vice president Mark
Jackson, secretary Dr. Barbara Herrington, Rhonda Rezsofi, Micky Shearon, Chris
Tackett, and Barbara Townsend. Each senior was congratulated by Ross and
superintendent Dr. James Largent.
the top two students in the graduating class, valedictorian Emma McKelvain and
salutatorian Blake Steinmann each delivered an address. Senior class president Payton
Holmgreen also spoke on behalf of the seniors.
remaining students in the top ten of the class were recognized by Ross: Glenn Rodgers,
Brynn Deger, Bailey Vernon, Cadence Chiappe, Kaylee Brawner, Tiffany Henney,
Kasey Ludwig, and Gavin Clarkson.
class officers and student council officers participated in the program and
were part of the stage party. The others were: Avery Glenney, student council president; Andrea
Smith, student council vice president; Zachary Martin, student council senior spirit coordinator; Tabitha
Perez, senior class vice president; Caitlin D’Souza, senior class
was Maria Espinosa from the Spanish National Honor Society.
Deger sang the National Anthem, and all senior choir members performed “A
Parting Blessing” by Jerome Williams. The
GHS Pirate Band provided music for the processional and recessional as well as
the School Song and Fight Song. The school’s Marine Corps JROTC color guard
presented the United States and Texas flags.