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Grads urged ‘lift burdens of others’

Eighty-one RHS seniors ‘walk the walk’ on Friday


It’s a happy time as Annabella Ruelas and graduates-to-be file onto the field but within minutes (below) the realization sinks in it’s the last time they’ll be together as the senior class of 2013. 
Reporter/Mike Brown It’s a happy time as Annabella Ruelas and graduates-to-be file onto the field but within minutes (below) the realization sinks in it’s the last time they’ll be together as the senior class of 2013. Reporter/Mike Brown Helping to lift the burdens of others is one the ways to happiness after high school.

That’s the message brought by Dr. Kirk C. Edney, assistant professor in the Texas A&M University Department of Agricultural Leadership and Communication brought to 82 graduating RHS seniors Friday at Tiger Field.

Speeches by valedictorian Ca rol ine Wi lde and salutatorian Breann Breithaupt (see page 3C) also highlighted commencement exercises for the class of 2013.

Dr. Edney’s speech included a tribute to the late Albert Timmerman Jr., longtime RHS vocational agriculture instructor. Dr. Edney praised Timmerman’s service not only to his students but to his community and church.

The speaker urged graduates to help “bear the burdens of others” and referenced recent disasters in West, Oklahoma and the Boston Marathon bombing.

“Can you remember another time in your life when disasters, both natural and man-made, have been so frequent?” he asked.

“You can make your life count by serving others,” he said.

PROGRAM—The processional and recessional were played by the RHS Big Blue Band, under the direction of Adrian Acevedo.

Breithaupt, senior class treasurer, gave the opening, William Dean, class secretary, presented the welcome and student body president Grant Galbreath had the welcome.

Dr. Edney was introduced by Emily Brinkley, senior class vice-president.

RHS Principal Joey Geletka recognized students with averages of 90 and above and presented the class of 2013, which was accepted by Supt. Dr. Howell Wright. Lee Jenkins, school board president, presented diplomas.


Framed by a Tiger head and the ‘home of champions’ inscription, speaker Dr. Kirk Edney addresses the RHS graduating class of 2013 during Friday commencement ceremonies. Framed by a Tiger head and the ‘home of champions’ inscription, speaker Dr. Kirk Edney addresses the RHS graduating class of 2013 during Friday commencement ceremonies. Ushers were Austin Caffey, LaDontice Coats, Clayton Gibbs and Josh Pelzel.

Presenting programs to more than 1,200 attending were Amanda Boyd, Shelby Evans, Ansley Jenkins, Jacey Jerman, Emily Norris and Haley Wright.



Above, in a sweet gesture, Emily Brinkley received her diploma then waited to walk off the field with her twin brother, Ethan. They are the daughter and son of Greg and Debbie Brinkley. At right, school board president Lee Jenkins presents diplomas to (L-R) to Ariel Buentello and Agustin Castillo. Above, in a sweet gesture, Emily Brinkley received her diploma then waited to walk off the field with her twin brother, Ethan. They are the daughter and son of Greg and Debbie Brinkley. At right, school board president Lee Jenkins presents diplomas to (L-R) to Ariel Buentello and Agustin Castillo.


Crowd of 1,200 filled home stands to hear Texas A&M professor Dr. Kirk Edney. Crowd of 1,200 filled home stands to hear Texas A&M professor Dr. Kirk Edney.

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