Greenwood High School students laugh and cheer as their valedictorian, Matthew Aaron Bridges, takes out his phone during his speech to take a 10-second long Twitter video during commencement. (Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
Greenwood High School students laugh and cheer as their valedictorian, Matthew Aaron Bridges, takes out his phone during his speech to take a 10-second long Twitter video during commencement. (Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
It was a day to celebrate one of life’s most memorable achievements.
More than 200 graduates sat on the floor of Lander University’s Finis Horne Arena, engulfed by hundreds of friends and family members who watched from the bleachers. And when the final name was called Friday afternoon, the gathered throng let out a monstrous standing ovation for all the students who walked across the stage during Greenwood High School’s 2014 graduation.
“Unreal,” graduating senior Keana Callaham said moments after the ceremony, while standing outside the Finis Arena with family members. “It’s sort of bittersweet; I’m going to miss everybody. It’s been rough, but I made it. I think this class is the best because we had struggles, but we all helped each other to get through. And we fell out, but (Friday) we came back together.”


Callaham was one of 224 Eagle grads who donned a cap and gown and accepted a diploma Friday. She said she plans to spend time working to earn money so she can enroll at Clark University in Atlanta next year.
Carson Strom made it through 12 years of classes without ever missing a day of school. He was honored during the ceremony with perfect attendance award. The 18-year-old Greenwood native said he realized during his sophomore year he had an unblemished attendance record, and made a conscious effort to finish out his high school career without being absent or tardy.

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