114 get diplomas from RHS
Speaker says: ‘It’s both good and bad news’
Parents, relatives, friends packed the home stands at Tiger Field in 90-plus degree heat Friday evening to support Class of 2010. Reporter/Mike Brown
Commencement speaker Dr. Adam Saenz had some “good news, bad news, good news” for 114 Rockdale High School graduates Friday at Tiger Field.
“The good news is you made it and you made it because you learned,” he said.
“The bad news is that when you wake up tomorrow every one of you will be a freshman again, whether you’re in college, on a job or in the military,” he said. “And you’re going to have freshman moments the rest of your life.
“But the good news is, by making it here tonight you’ve already proved you can overcome the freshman thing with your ability to learn,” Dr Saenz concluded.
Commencement also included speeches by valedictorian Annie Wilde and salutatorian Corolyn Holub. (See Pages 4C and 5C).
A pair of proud grandfathers, former Rockdale ISD school members, got the honors of awarding diplomas to grandchildren Friday. At left Don Roddam congratulates Kassie Roddam. At right Lance Loewe picks up his diploma from Billy Gest
Brandon Gibbs, senior class treasurer, gave the opening. Emily Ammon, senior class secretary, the reading and the welcome was by Rachelle Coumont, student body president.
Dr. Saenz was introduced by Ivory Douglas, senior class president.
RHS Principal Chad Jones recognized students with 90 and above averages, and presented the class. Dr. Howell Wright, superintendent, accepted.
Lee Jenkins, school board president, presented diplomas.
Derrick Mynar, senior class vice-president, conducted the closing.
The processional “Pomp and Circumstance”, recessional “Exodus” and “Hail to the Varsity” were played by the RHS Big Blue Band under the direction of Joe Ray.
Ushers were Clayton Pelzel, Elaine Luckey and Brenda Palacious.
Programs were handed out by Kelsey Galbreath, Krista Phillips and Chelsea Roberts.
Current school board members got in on the ‘family affair’ too. From left Mike Pruett presents diploma to daughter, Ashley, Lisa Gerthe to nephew Reed Davidson and Wayne Fisher to son Travis. Pruett drew double duty, also presenting a diploma to niece Kristi Pruett.
Speaker was Dr. Adam Saenz, Bryan psychiatrist.