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story.lead_photo.caption Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Kaitlyn Loyd poses for a photo with class sponsor and teacher Carla Hicks after receiving her diploma at Gravette graduation ceremonies on Saturday, April 12, 2018.

GRAVETTE -- Seniors at Gravette High School -- 141 of them were listed -- received their diplomas in a sunny but very windy Saturday morning graduation ceremony held in Lion Stadium, making it somewhat difficult to hear the words spoken from the podium.

Graduates, led by teachers and class sponsors, again made their walk around the north side of the football field and down onto the track and to their seats in the middle of the field as the band played "Pomp and Circumstance." Cori Overstreet led the invocation, and Carlie Ericson the Pledge of Allegiance.

Following the playing of the National Anthem, Richard Page, the superintendent of Gravette Public Schools, welcomed parents, family members and friends to the special ceremonies and spoke of student accomplishments.

Madison Juarez dedicated the class flowers for the senior class, honoring class sponsors Carla Hicks and Karen Tolle. Julia Hedrick, Sydney King and Daniel Huntsman took their turns at the podium, sharing their thoughts and comments with their fellow graduates and guests at the ceremonies.

And then, Will Pitman, filling in for assistant principal Taos Jones who was away coaching the girls' softball team in state tournament play, read the names as each graduate crossed the stage and received a diploma from school board president Tracy Moorman and shook hands with school administrators, class sponsors and school board members. Carla Hicks moved their tassels from the right side of their caps to the left before the graduates left the stage.

Then, following the benediction which was spoken by graduate Chris Childress, the class gathered on the field for the farewell and tossed their caps into the air in celebration of their completion of high school and their moving out into the world to pursue new ambitions and dreams.

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