TUPPERS PLAINS — “Remember to never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something; always challenge yourself; be kind to people; and most importantly have faith.”
Those were just a few words of advice given by Eastern High School Class of 2013 Valedictorian Victoria Lynn Goble during Sunday’s commencement.
Goble likened her classmates to family, referring to them as brothers and sisters. “Over time this building has become a second home to us and after what seemed like a long 13 years, we are finally up here sitting with mixed emotions. I know many of us are sad that we have to say goodbye to those that we now consider to be our family, but also filled with the excitement of knowing that after we walk off this stage today, we are finally moving on in life to pursue whatever it is we think we want to become.”
“Have faith in what you can do, and don’t doubt yourself if you don’t get something the first time,” said Goble.
“Be proud of who you are, who you are becoming, and never forget where you came from — it’s made you who you are today.”
“Lastly, always remember everyone has different strengths, so never doubt your own. When you walk out these doors and begin the rest of your life I want you to remember this quote by Christopher Morley, ‘There is only one success — to be able to spend your life in your own way.’”
Goble concluded by telling her “family” to “go out into this world and spend every moment doing what makes you happy, take risks, and take the time to thank those who have shaped you into the person you are. For without them we would have never gotten to this point in our lives.”
Eastern Class of 2013 Salutatorian Larissa Lynn Riddle quoted Class of 2012 Valedictorian Janae Boyles as she began her speech, stating, “I stand in front of you today with my legs shaking, palms sweating and voice trembling.”
“I had no idea that a year later, I would now be standing before you with the exact same feelings running through me,” said Riddle. “It’s partially because I am speaking in front of a gym full of people that are all focused on me but it’s mostly because along with most of my classmates, I am finally realizing we are no longer students at Eastern High School. Everything is about to change. As we walk out of the gym today and leave our days here at Eastern behind us, we will be forced to leave our comfort zone and try new things.”
Riddle also talked about three ideas which are most important to enjoying life. Those three things are, to be an individual, second is about friendship, and third is never limit your self.
“You can only be as happy as you allow yourself to become, so keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to try something new,” said Riddle. “This is the last time the class of 2013 will ever be all together in this school. Now, the 55 of us will go our separate ways after being together nearly all of our lives. Some will stay nearby and start a career or go to a local college. Some brave classmates will go wherever the military takes them. Some will go to colleges as far away as Idaho or Utah and others will travel to different countries like Haiti.”
Riddle closed with a quote, “happiness is not the destination; it’s the enjoyment you will find along the way.”
The Eastern High School Concert Band played Pomp and Circumstance as the graduates entered the gymnasium, and later played Captain America March by Alan Silvestri.
Class of 2013 Vice President Gabrielle Thomas Hendrix lead the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the invocation by Timothy James Minear.
Class President Ethan James Nottingham welcomed all those in attendance before secretary of the Class of 2013, Derick Alden Powell, introduced the speakers.
Principal Shawn Bush recognized the Top 10 Scholars of the Class of 2013, before diplomas were presented to the graduates. Top 10 scholars were Marshall Stephen Aanestad, Alex Burke Amos, Rebecca Louise Chadwell, Victoria Anne Goble, Alexandria Mary-Elizabeth Hendrix, Rachael Erin Markworth, Timothy James Minear, Mallory Paige Nicodemus, Kiana Cheyenne Osborne, and Larissa Lynn Riddle.
Class officers Ethan Nottingham, Gabrielle Hendrix, Alexandria Hendrix, Timothy Minear, and Jordan Russell lead the turning of the tassels followed by the Eastern High School Alma Mater.
Timothy James Minear gave the benediction before the recessional march.
Honorary diplomas were presented to Vietnam Veterans Sergeant Michael Thomas Marcinko and Specialist 4th Class Stephen Paul Marcinko.
Students received their diplomas from Eastern Local Board of Education President Floyd Ridenour as Principal Shawn Bush read the names.
Graduates of the Class of 2013 receiving diplomas on Sunday afternoon were,
Marshall Stephen Aanestad, Hannah Lynn Adams, Alex Burke Amos, Randall James Armes, Lauren Brooke Boggess, Maxwell Peat Carnahan, Rebecca Louise Chadwell, Katlin Danielle Clark, Samuel Charles Collins, Larissa Dawn Cunningham,
Randal William Davis, Devin Ray Dye, Timothy Allen Elam, Anna Noel Fulks, Troy Anthony Gantt, Nicole Ashley Gilbride, Victoria Ann Goble, Bradley Allan Goeglein, Garret Andrew Hall, Kayla Marie Hawthorne, Breanna Kaylnn Hayman, Jeremy Lee Haynes,
Zakkary O’Rein Heaton, Alexandria Mary-Elizabeth Hendrix, Gabrielle Thomas Hendrix, Jason Theodore Kelley, Robert Austin Lute, Rachael Erin Markworth, Ryland Thomas Michael, Dylan Keith Milam, Krista Noel Miller, Timothy James Minear, Nicole Leeann Moodispaugh,
Christopher Dylan Morris, Shawna Rebecca Murphy, Mallory Paige Nicodemus, Ethan Jacob Nottingham, Kiana Cheyenne Osborne, Julia Amber Poole, Derick Alden Powell, Tyler Michael Price, Thomas Kirk Pullins, Larissa Lynn Riddle, Garrett Lee Ritchie,
Jordan Isaiah Russell, Brandon Michael Scott, Joseph Bryan Scowden, Maria Christine Sharp, Joshua Levi Shook, Jeremiah Andrew Smith, Savannah Rilan Speelman-Hawley, Jennifer Alexis Spencer, Emily Brooke Wheeler, Jesse Colter Woodyard, and Kyle Austin Young.