Forty Eight Seniors graduated from Portageville High

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
President of the Class Justin Daugherty welcomes all to the 2019 commencement exercises, the 101st Anniversary of the Portageville Commencement Exercises. -Scott Seal photo.

The 101st graduation class of Portageville High School held their graduation commencement last Thursday, May 16. There were 48 Seniors that participated in the Processional March at the Vic Reaves Athletic Field.

After the Seniors came to their respective places, Saelem Sipes led with the Invocation.

Class President Justin Daugherty welcomed all to the night's event.

“It is my intention to first extend a warm welcome to all attendees of this commencement and thank you all for showing support for this graduating class, whether you are fellow students, faculty, law enforcement, family of a graduate, or members of our great community it is my honor and privilege to be able to come before you on this day. I also bid you all safe travels after departing from this ceremony as well as to all students participating in project graduation. It is safe to say that we are all very blessed to have had the opportunity to walk these halls and be influenced positively by all of the events within them. The class of 2019 boasts a wide array of talented individuals who possess the skills not only to graduate, but to win the sectional in basketball, win the district and move forward in baseball, be the reigning champions of dodgeball, place high in volleyball and softball, and earn a number of other noteworthy honors in extracurricular activities such as Beta, Art club, FFA, FCA, FBLA, scholar bowl, and band. We also have a few musical prodigies, such as Montez Covington on the

Triangle, and Nathan Schrewsbury on the harmonica.”

“We also have Bub and Kile with the boiling water challenge, and Chubbs being the Dave & Busters pop a shot record holder. During our bid at Portageville, our lives have been touched in a numerous amount of ways by many special teachers and faculty. In particular, I would like to thank Mrs. Maude Conrad for always giving me doubles, Mr. Norman for looking like a freshman, Mr. Davidson for his theatrical performances, and Mrs. Minnie Saxton for my graduation gift after the ceremony. I would also like to thank my family for putting up with me for all of these years. Id also like to take the time to remember Mrs. Nina Hodges, Jacob Harris, and Mrs. Sandy Mudd, whom we all remember fondly. I can also recall that Mrs. Sandy and I were quite close seeing that a majority of my time in grade school was spent in her office. Nevertheless, I am honored to have been given the privilege to come

before you today. Thanks for having me, and I wish all of you the best of luck.

Next, Principal Jeff Bullock introduced Haylie Hammack, Class Salutatorian, and Cassidy Hughes, Class Valedictorian.

“Haylie Hammack is the 18-year-old daughter of James and April Hammack of Portageville, Missouri. She has one sibling, Kolton.

She is the granddaughter of Darl and Junilla Bivins of Portageville, Barry and Vicki Hammack of Malden, and Shelia Wagster of Portageville.

Haylie has participated in BETA, FBLA, ART Club, NHS, Student-Council and the DAWG POUND. Haylie was also apart of the volleyball team for four years.

Haylie's plans are to attend Arkansas State University in the fall, pursuing a career in physical or occupational therapy, then live life to the absolute fullest,” said Bullock.

“The Valedictorian is Cassidy Hughes. Cassidy Hughes is the 18-year-old daughter of Randy and Tammy Hughes of Portageville, Missouri. She has one sibling, Gabe Hughes. She is the granddaughter of Joe and Lou Hughes of Morehouse, and Lee and Nora Stockton of Portageville, Missouri.

Cassidy has participated in BETA, FBLA, FCCLA, FTA, Art Club, and NHS. She served as freshman class president and NHS president.

Cassidy is a member of The Sanctuary of Southeast Missouri located in Sikeston.

Cassidy plans to attend Southeast Missouri State University to complete basics before she transfers to complete the rest of her classes at a college that offers an Occupational Therapy Program,” said Bullock.

After they delivered their speeches, High School Counselor Lisa Day presented several scholarships and honors presentations.

Then, Superintendent Michael Allred presented the Class of 2019 to the Board of Education and Board President Mark Moody presented the seniors with their diplomas. Before the diplomas were handed out, a slide show was presented depicting the many events throughout their paths.

Close to the podium sat four empty chairs. One empty chair each is in honor of the deceased parents of Aliyah Stewart, Isabell Gomez Perez, and Terry Kirkwood. The second was the chair of honor for all former graduates and the fourth chair for fellow Americans serving in the military forces.

The Class Motto this year is, “Together we have experienced life, separately we will pursue our dreams, forever our emerges will return.”

The Class Flower is the White Rose, the Class Song is “Congratulations” by Post Malone.

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