Seniors await the beginning of the processional.
Seniors await the beginning of the processional.
By Mike Robertson

Kemper County Messenger

Extremely heavy rain and stormy weather did not discourage friends and family as an overflow crowd gathered at the Kemper County High School Gym, this past Friday night to witness the members of the KCHS Class of 2018 transition from students to alumni.

The commencement service began with the presentation of colors by the JROTC Color Guard, followed by the processional, as the 74 seniors marched in to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance.

JaQuariah Holliday gave the salutatory address which was followed by Zabia Burton with the valedictory address, each thanking the important people in their lives, and pointing their classmates to the future.

Guest speaker for the evening was Rev. William C. Brown, of Fifth Street Baptist Church in Meridian, and New Vision Baptist Church in DeKalb. Williams pointed out four things that would help to guide the graduates to success.

First, the right attitude, and how a positive attitude will breed success; second, focus and not let oneself be distracted from the need at hand. Thirdly, Brown challenged the students to vote, as this is the means of taking a hand in government. And lastly, he pointed out that they would need the guiding hand of God.

This was followed by the presentation of diplomas by Superintendent Jackie Pollock, the Alma Mater, the benediction and changing of tassels and the recessional.