The West Bladen High School Commencement for the graduating class of 2019 was held Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m. in the school’s auditorium. The seniors and dignitaries marched into the packed room in a processional to “Pomp and Circumstance”.
West Bladen Senior, Jalen Baxley gave a passionate Invocation. JROTC Color Guard Cadets Jacob Young, Brianna McNeill, Hailey Lewis, and Kylie Duffel gave the Presentation of Colors and Senior, Alana King performed the National Anthem.
Senior Class President Brenda Dimas-Lopez gave the introduction and welcome and was followed by Salutatorian Kolby Edwards with greetings for the Senior Class.
Dr. Robert P. Taylor, Bladen County Schools Superintendent gave encouraging remarks in English and in Spanish before West Bladen High School Principal Mrs. Peggy J. Hester addressed the class.
“I hope that your time at West Bladen will be looked upon fondly, full of great memories. We are certainly going to miss you. It is hard to believe how quickly these four years have passed. As you look towards the future, know that you have been prepared academically and that you have grown in wisdom and maturity. May of you know exactly where you are headed and what you are going to do. Others of you may take longer to decide which career path you will choose, but please know that you can do whatever you want to do. You have been endowed with perseverance and determination. You possess a variety of skills and talents, so do not let anyone or anything deter you from the pursuit of your dreams and aspirations.” Mrs. Hester wrote in the program.
She continued, “We are proud of you and challenge you to continue on the path of excellence that began at the castle while you were a knight.”
Valedictorian Callie Lewis gave the farewell speech to her peers before the presentation of diplomas.
Along with Mrs. Hester, Mrs. Ursula Wooten, Assistant Principal, First Sergeant Christian Chisholm and Dr. Taylor assisted in the presentation of the diplomas.
BladenOnline was live on Facebook at the West 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.
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, and Hester, Grady & Hester Law Firm.
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