The Class of 2018 at Southern Vance High School, with 170 members, were honored May 15 during their Class Night celebration in the school’s gymnasium.
They were recognized for their achievements during their high school careers and received scholarship funds to further their education in college.
Scholarship funds for the class total about $2 million.
Hundreds of parents, siblings, other family members, school staff members, school system officials and community members came to the event to cheer on the graduates.
Principal Rey Horner led the proceedings, which also featured leaders in the graduating class. Some of the student leaders who made remarks and introduced speakers were Adriana Evans, Walter Hernandez, Aliyah Wright, Jacob May, Kaitlyn Tant, Kailee Ball and Brandon Loyd. Several seniors performed the graduates’ “Class Song.” They included Jordan Alston, Justus Baldwin, Timothy Massenburg, Desmond Mills, Shamond Lyons and Kevon Perry.
A steady stream of business leaders and community and civic organization leaders came to the podium to recognize students who have been selected to receive scholarships. Each graduate came forward to thank the presenters and accept their scholarship.
Special recognition was given to those graduates who are among the top 10 percent of the academic achievers in the Class of 2018. They include: Kailee Ball, Reina Banda Orozco, Itzy Chavarin Contreas, Cody Edwards, Adriana Evans, Cynthia Hernandez, Walter Hernandez, Emily Isidro, Perla Lopez, Brandon Loyd, Crystal Marrow, Ashley Mosley, Litzy Renteria, Onjahlaya Robinson, Karen Sandoval, Kaitlyn Tant, Antoinette Watson, Destiny Williams and Aliyah Wright.Image Information: Salome Wiley, music teacher at Southern Vance High School, plays the saxophone to begin Class Night proceedings as members of the senior class look on in the background.