At 7.p.m. on May 25, 127 seniors are scheduled to graduate from Trigg County High School, according to guidance counselor Janay Futrell. The ceremony will be held in the highs school gym. This year’s valedictorian is Hayla Frye and salutatorian is Sarah Galloway. Twenty-four honor graduates will also be recognized. Futrell said these are the students who have kept a 94 cumulative grade point average over all four years of high school. They must also take three advanced placement courses before they graduate as well.
Tonight, May 23, a Baccalaureate program will also be held. Futrell said it is completely student led and that students are required to attend. Frye said that speakers will include Brother Mike Jones of Oak Grove Baptist Church and Mark Anthony Walker of Boiling Springs Baptist Church in Clarksville. Both are fathers of graduating seniors, she said. Zach Wright and Bailey Bryant are also supposed to sing during the program, although Bryant was sick as of Monday.
Frye also said that the high school band has a tradition of having its members leave the group and join their band mates to play one last time.
A few hours after the graduation ceremony on Friday, seniors will attend Project Graduation, with the purpose of keeping students from drinking or taking drugs on graduation night. The event will begin at 11 p.m. and will last until six the next morning, Project Graduation Chair Kim Allen said.
Allen said there would be a reception for parents at 10:30 p.m. that feature a senior video put together by Clarissa King, who has produced one for the last few years. After that, the main event begins, with this year’s theme being Country and Western. Parent volunteers will be dressed in cowboy hats, boots and bandannas. There will also be a mechanical bull available for riding. There will be a flapjack-eating contest for the girls and a chili-eating contest for the boys, although either gender can participate in the other if they choose, Allen said. Monty Stagner will be taking pictures at the event and seniors will be mailed a CD of the photographs.
This year’s Project Graduation committee got started in September and raised about $35,000. This included $15,000 from last year, which Allen said the previous committee always leaves in the account for next year. Allen also said she wanted to thank everyone in the community for their support.