MHS graduates only 98 students


Culver posts highest total ever

by: HOLLY M. GILL - MHS seniors, from left, Chelsea Gregory, Paige Kilby, Ian Goodwin, Anthony Otter, Tristine Culpus, Perla Penaloza and Raymond Hill await the graduation ceremony on Saturday at JCMS.Madras and Culver high schools both graduated an unusual number of students on Saturday. The graduating class was particularly small at MHS, while CHS had its largest class ever.

Only 98 students — the smallest class of seniors in at least 15 years — received their diplomas from Madras High School, just one hour after Culver High School graduated a record 53 students — more than double the figures from 2000. Culver's total included six interdistrict transfer students from MHS.

At the MHS ceremony, held at Jefferson County Middle School stadium due to construction at MHS, Cheyenne Duncan, valedictorian, and Anya Clowers, salutatorian, welcomed the large crowd, along with Principal Sarah Braman-Smith.

Retired science teacher Chris Scranton was the guest speaker, urging students to be proud of what they have accomplished and make specific goals and plans for the future.

Quoting Mark Twain, he said, "The best way to get ahead is to get started."

by: JEFF WILSON - Mitchell Adams, left, and Ana Badillo give the welcome at Culver High School's commencement ceremony on Saturday. CHS graduated 53 students - the most ever."Prepare yourself, believe in yourself, and then jump in with both feet," said Scranton.

The MHS class motto was, "We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore," by André Gide. CHS' motto was, "What lies before and behind us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

At Culver High School, Superintendent Stefanie Garber gave the commencement address, and valedictorians Ryan Allen and Gabrielle Alley, and salutatorian Unity Ballard gave student addresses.

The ceremony was held in the CHS gym.