On a beautiful Mother’s Day afternoon friends and family packed into the South Side School District’s fine arts building for commencement. The Class of 2017 marched to the stage to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Danielle Carpenter gave the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Abbey Swan.

Miranda Lamb started her Salutatorian address by thanking everyone who made this day possible for the Class of 2017.

“You forced us on anyway because knew we could do it, or at least we hope we can, and we have. The proof is literally sitting right in front of you,” Lamb said.

During his Valedictorian address Beau Pennington kept the audience chuckling throughout.

“I’m honored that I received the title of Valedictorian, although I can’t help but come to the conclusion that being Valedictorian is but only a ploy by the educational system to get a gullible student to do one more homework assignment before graduating.

Awards and scholarships were announced by Amy Wilson, counselor; and Principal Tim Smith. Superintendent Billy Jackson introduced members of the school board, and Becky Sullivan, president of the school board presented the diplomas. Madison Thorn gave a dedication to parents followed by an appreciation address given by Jadon Price.

In a touching tribute to their classmates Marshall Hawkins played guitar while Sydni Clark and Cheyenne Henley sang “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac.

The graduates left the stage to walk out into the audience to hand out red roses to loved ones while the song “Humble and Kind’ by Tim McGraw played. After the Class of 2017 returned to the stage MaKenzie Mosley gave the benediction. After a final roll call by Principal Smith, the Class of 2017 filed off stage, into the aisles of the auditorium for the traditional tossing of the caps.