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East Bladen Class of 2019 Graduates

The East Bladen High School commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2019 was held Friday, June 14, at 6 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. The seniors and dignitaries marched into the packed auditorium in a processional to “Pomp and Circumstance.”

LeeDenasia Cotten performed the National Anthem after the East Bladen JROTC presented the colors. East Bladen senior Ting Lin welcomed the audience and senior Hailey Hudson acknowledged the distinguished guests.


Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

Senior Ashley Earl presented the 2019 Marshals before Valedictorian Katie Pontak gave a heartfelt speech to the senior class with well wishes.

East Bladen Principal Dr. Jason M. Wray addressed the seniors before awarding the diplomas.

“They have worked hard for this moment,” Wray said. “Let’s show them the respect they deserve.”

Bladen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert P. Taylor stated in the program, “This joyful but solemn occasion honors our graduating seniors and the parents who have nurtured them, teachers who have guided them and friends who have strengthened them.”

Wray, Taylor, along with assistant principal Heather Thompson and Sunday Allen assisted in awarding the diplomas.

BladenOnline was live on Facebook at the East Bladen High School’s 2019 Graduation Ceremony. Thank you to all who joined us. The live video was deleted because there are vendors selling the graduation videos and photos. You may purchase photos here: https://www.kenarmphoto.com/.

We did take screenshots of all the live comments so the graduates can see the well wishes. You may view the screenshots of the comments on our Facebook page.

A small part of the graduation has been published on our YouTube Channel.

Thank you to our sponsors: Star Telephone Membership Corporation, McDuffie Pest Control, Paul Norris with Farm Bureau Insurance, Smellie Bloomers and Hester, Grady & Hester Law Firm.

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