Elizabeth Anne Coyle sings and plays guitar along with the Emerald High School Senior Show Choir as they sing “I Hope You Dance/Long Live Medley” during Friday morning’s commencement ceremony at the Finis Horne Arena. (MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
Elizabeth Anne Coyle sings and plays guitar along with the Emerald High School Senior Show Choir as they sing “I Hope You Dance/Long Live Medley” during Friday morning’s commencement ceremony at the Finis Horne Arena. (MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
The air was filled with anticipation Friday morning as crowds of family and friends gathered at Lander University's Finis Horne Arena for Emerald High School's commencement ceremony, honoring 172 students who qualified for graduation this spring.
Graduates lined up along Wilson Street, some sporting bedazzled, embroidered and painted fake pearl-lined caps, others in more traditional garb.
After a traditional processional, AFROTC Color Guard presented the colors in dress uniforms, while school director Stephan Botchie led the school's concert band in a rendition of the national anthem.


"It's truly been honor and privilege to have served all of you," Principal Brad Nickles said, addressing the graduates.
Student government president Chase Forrester then encouraged her fellow graduates to pursue their ambitions, and never forget that they were part of the "best class to ever pass through Emerald High School."

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