Gentry seniors graduate in Friday ceremony

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Gentry senior Chris Bell receives his diploma from school board president David Williamson at graduation ceremonies Friday night.
Randy Moll/Westside Eagle Observer Gentry senior Chris Bell receives his diploma from school board president David Williamson at graduation ceremonies Friday night.

GENTRY -- Graduates from the 2023 senior class at Gentry High School received their diplomas in graduation ceremonies held at John Brown University in Siloam Springs on Friday evening.

The Gentry graduates, 109 of them according to the graduation folder, marched into the arena to Pomp and Circumstance, played by the high school band. The national anthem was sung by the Gentry High School choir.

The ceremony lasted just over 30 minutes, but diplomas were awarded, photos were taken, and speeches from valedictorian William Israel and salutatorian Kaitlyn Braun were heard. Students again presented roses to their mothers or loved ones at the beginning of the ceremonies.

Diplomas were awarded by members of the Gentry School Board, with names read by high school principal Justin Blanchard. Terrie DePaola, district superintendent, announced that the students had completed all the requirements of the state of Arkansas to graduate.

Tassels were turned and, after a final piece from the high school choir, the graduates tossed their caps into the air and began to celebrate their accomplishments with families and friends.

photo Randy Moll/Westside Eagle Observer Family members attempt to capture the graduation moments on their cell phones at Gentry's graduation at John Brown University in Siloam Springs on Friday.
photo Randy Moll/Westside Eagle Observer Gentry high honors graduate Cinthia Aguilar looks toward the camera during graduation ceremonies in Siloam Springs on Friday night.
photo Randy Moll/Westside Eagle Observer Gentry High School graduates honored the flag during the singing of the national anthem by the high school choir.
photo Randy Moll/Westside Eagle Observer High school principal Justin Blanchard smiles at Gentry's graduates during graduation ceremonies on Friday night.
photo Randy Moll/Westside Eagle Observer Gentry School Board members were seated on the stage during Gentry High School graduation ceremonies on Friday.
photo Randy Moll/Westside Eagle Observer Family members attempt to capture the graduation moments on their cell phones at Gentry graduation exercises in Siloam Springs on Friday.
photo Randy Moll/Westside Eagle Observer Gentry seniors crossed the stage as their names were called to receive their diplomas at the Gentry High School graduation on Friday evening in Siloam Springs.
photo Randy Moll/Westside Eagle Observer Gentry seniors honored mothers or family members by presenting them a rose during graduation ceremonies on Friday.
photo Randy Moll/Westside Eagle Observer Gentry seniors listen to a classmate's speech during graduation exercises in Siloam Springs on Friday night.