Caleb Reynolds started the ceremony with the invocation and High School Principal Matt Ladd welcomed the crowd. He said they would be doing things a bit differently this year and introduced Valedictorian Hayla Frye and Salutatorian Sarah Galloway.
Frye said that she and Galloway, friends for many years, had decided to make their speeches at the same time while standing at the podium together. She thanked the “Heavenly Father” and her parents for giving her the “wisdom to make something of myself.” Frye also thanked her sister, Kanisha, and teachers Becky Ginn, Donna Kranz and Lori Wooton.
“Between the three of you, I’ll be prepared for anything life may throw at me,” she said.
Galloway thanked her parents, as well as her younger brother, Jake, and her older sister, Samantha.
“I know I’ve followed in your footsteps because I’m standing in your shoes,” she said.
Galloway thanked Kranz for being the “best advisor you could ask for,” Wooton for being a “friend and a second mother,” as well as Shannon Burcham and her gradfather.
Frye paid homage to the 27 honor graduates and those who “against all odds battled to be here,” all making up the “TCHS family of 2007.”
Superintendent Tim McGinnis gave awards to the male and female Wildcats of the Year, who were “always willing to anything to promote the school.” The award went to Frye and Zach Wright.
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