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Central High School graduates 119

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By Gary Phillips

Central High School graduated nearly 120 seniors at the annual ceremony Saturday, June 2. Principal Judd Starling welcomed the crowd of family and friends to the event, and said the Class of 2012 will be memorable for several reasons.
“They’ve laughed more than any high school class I’ve ever seen. They’ve had more fun than any high school class I’ve ever seen and the one thing you guys surely did is you got in more trouble than just about any high school class,” he said with a laugh. “But, you did it with a spirit that you loved one another and you cared for one another and you cared for Central High School.”
Starling said the graduates had set high academic standards.
“You’ve set higher marks than any class ever before you and you should be proud of that,” he said. “You should also be proud that you’re over $1.3 million in scholarships.”
Starling presented the annual “Eagle” award to Jade Arant. He said the award winner is selected by the senior class and goes to the student who shows leadership, stewardship and education at CHS.
Gina Martin is the 2012 Salutatorian at Central, the second-highest ranked student in the class.
“The Class of 2012 has been there for one another offering our support and comfort for those who needed it,” she said. “With what we have learned and the support system we have created for ourselves we have been liberated from most of the chaos that is human life.”
Following Martin’s address a choral group of eight seniors and director Hannah McGuire sang “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”
Lisa Martin, twin sister to Gina, is the class Valedictorian and spoke to her classmates and the audience.
“We have learned so much in the past four years. We have learned responsibility and independence. We have learned that being ourselves is OK. We have learned that the people who accept us for what we are, are the people who matter,” she said. “We have had our trials and our losses, laughter and tears, but all of them we have been through together.”
Starling then presented the diplomas as Assistant Principal Nikki Miller called each graduates’ name in alphabetical order. McGuire sang Central High School’s Alma Mater and the graduates filed to the north end of the football field, tossed their caps into the air and then were swarmed by their families and friends who offered congratulations.