, Corbin, KY


May 31, 2011

Redhound farewell

178 graduating seniors set sights on future

CORBIN — By Michele Baker/Staff Writer

Horns blared and parents cheered as mortarboards, confetti and silly string flew into the air as the class of 2011 graduated from Corbin High School Friday night.

About 4,000 people filled The Arena to watch 178 seniors get their diplomas from Principal Joyce Phillips.

In a time-honored tradition, each senior gave Superintendent Ed McNeel a miniature Lego piece when he shook their hands in congratulation. This year the seniors chose Lego pieces as a symbol of their class.

“The miniature Legos symbolized all the construction at our school and also the building of our future,” Joseph Rollins explained.

Phillips first welcomed the crowd and then McNeel told the graduating class how proud he was of them.

“This class has set the standard for this school. Corbin is rated second in the state because of this class,” McNeel said. “The seniors already have $1,500,000 in scholarships with more still coming. We expect the class to have close to $2,000,000 in scholarships.”

Two seniors were selected to speak at the ceremony. Students with a 4.5 grade point average or above tried out for the honor with Jessie Asher and Molly Lewis being chosen.

Asher told his classmates not to be afraid of the future.

“We must come to terms with the fact we have nothing to worry about on the road that lies ahead, as long as we trust ourselves to go where life leads us,” Asher said. “It is important for each and every person in the class of 2011 to remember fear only obstructs our vision of the road ahead.”

Asher ended his speech with a challenge to his classmates.

“Put aside the fear and doubt that causes you to falter on your journey through life, focusing on nothing but the fact that your own potential is limitless.”

Lewis spoke about what the seniors had to do to get to graduation.

“We’ve all overcome a variety of obstacles and these are the times that have defined us. Divorce, death, illness, injury, addiction, abuse and neglect have touched many of our lives already and yet tonight we celebrate,” Lewis said. “What if the trials of this life are really your mercies in disguise? We will all face the times where we hit bottom, but these trials can be gifts from God if we look at them in the right light.”

Lewis finished by saying, “This is the time where we decide what our life will become. Now is the time to choose. Will you just stay curled up in bed when it’s tough, or will you seize the opportunity to live?”

Flashbulbs flared as the seniors walked to the stage and accepted their diplomas with wide smiles. When all had received their diplomas, the class of 2011 flipped over their tassels to show they had graduated and then celebrated with noise and laughter, hugs and a few tears. Crowds of friends and family then swarmed the floor to congratulate the graduating class of 2011.

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