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MHS, CHS graduate students during June 9 ceremonies

by: Photo by Holly M. Gill - Madras High School seniors struggle to hold on to their caps as they walk into the stadium for Saturday’s graduation ceremony.


   Culver High School graduated its largest class ever on Saturday, with 51, while Madras High School's class of 136 was the smallest in at least a decade.
   MHS celebrated its 2012 class with an outdoor ceremony in the packed football stadium. Teacher Allen Hair was selected by the class as the guest speaker, and Rachel Mendazona and Savannah Patterson as the student speakers.
   Hair, who urged students to "Do something you love," added, "Don't be afraid to dream your dreams."
   Seniors Victoria Parsons and Miriam Vance, senior class president, sang, "There's A Place for Us," and Anita Davis sang "The Lord's Prayer," while senior TaSheena George performed the song in sign language.
   MHS reached a high of 177 graduates in 2008, but has declined since then to 161 in 2009, 162 in 2010, and 139 in 2011.
   Brenda Anglen gave the commencement address at CHS, with Taylor Sandy giving the valedictorian address and Georgina Mendoza and Michael Porter, the salutatorian address.
   Culver's previous peak number of graduates was 48 in 2008, with 44 in 2009, 42 in 2010, and 46 in 2011.