The Adairville School 8th grade graduation ceremony was held on Friday, May 30th in the Adairville Elementary School gymnasium, honoring 37 students and their families for reaching this milestone in their educational career. The ceremony began with the graduates entering to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Principal Katina Kemplin welcomed the graduates and their families and introduced 8th grade student, Kristen Hendricks, who led the Invocation and 8th grade student, Landon Thomas, who led the Pledge to the Flag.
Middle school teacher, Lori Bouldin, introduced Austin Rayno as the class salutatorian. Austin is the son of Kevin and Ashley Rayno. He maintained an average of 99.55 during his middle school career. Austin addressed his fellow graduates and those in attendance with a salutatorian speech. After a class video presentation, middle school teacher, Deborah Davenport, presented the Jessie L. Richards Memorial Scholarship. The Jessie L. Richards Scholarship is given in memory of Jesse L. Richards, who served as the Adairville School Principal for over 22 years. The scholarship is presented annually to a former Adairville student graduating from Logan County High School who has demonstrated good character, above average scholarship, and is pursuing a degree at the college level. This year’s recipient was Rachel Shelton. Rachel is the daughter of Bryan and Taren Shelton.
Middle school teachers, Jan Stevenson-Laurent and Jennifer Robertson, presented the graduates their Presidential Awards. The President’s Award for Academic Achievement went to the following students who maintained an average of 90% or higher: Sarah Anderson, Preston Knight, Isaac Phillips, Molly Ramsey, Dillon Beauchane, Gracie Claborn, Kristen Hendricks, Daniel King, Carleisha Robey, Jeffrey Schrock, Adrianna Stout, Brittany Sydnor, Landon Thomas, Cameron Wallace, and Annah Woodard. The Presidential Award for Academic Excellence went to the following students who maintained an average of 95% or higher: Lauren Burton, Dominique Goin, Alaina Hallums, Sawyer Hopkins, Hannah Mimms, Samuel Noe, Rachel Pitts, Austin Rayno, Jessalyn Robey, Curtis Shelton, and Nick Wooden.
Principal Katina Kemplin introduced this year’s valedictorian, Rachel Pitts. Rachel maintained an average of 99.76 during her middle school career at Adairville. She is the daughter of Greg and Dawn Pitts. Rachel addressed her fellow graduates and those in attendance with the valedictorian speech.
Logan County Board of Education Chairman and Adairville Representative, Kenny Robertson, along with Principal Katina Kemplin and School Counselor Beth Ramsey then presented diplomas to the following 2013 graduates from Adairville Middle School: Sarah Anderson, Dillon Beauchane, Jajaun Bentley, Colby Blythe, Kaid Boyd, Lauren Burton, Lacey Cains, Gracie Claborn, Dominque Goin, Alaina Hallums, Kristen Hendricks, Sawyer Hopkins, Ethan Hunter, Emily Jones, Daniel King, Preston Knight, Glenda Lynch, William Lyons, Hannah Mimms, Anna Montano, Samuel Noe, Isaac Phillips, Rachel Pitts, Molly Ramsey, Austin Rayno, Austin Reynolds, Carleisha Robey, Jessalyn Robey, Jeffrey Schrock, Curtis Shelton, Caleb Smith, Adrianna Stout, Brittany Sydnor, Landon Thomas, Cameron Wallace, Annah Woodard, Nick Wooden.
Closing remarks were delivered by Principal Katina Kemplin and then the graduates were led in the benediction by graduate, Kaid Boyd.