County high schools gear-up for graduation

Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer

Spring is definitely here and that means high school graduation ceremonies are just around the corner. Yet again, it is that time of year when invitations are mailed, families gather and high school seniors walk down the aisle and receive their diplomas.

Roosevelt County schools Dora, Elida, and Floyd will all be holding their commencement ceremonies this weekend.

“I went to school here since I was in kindergarten, I really don’t know any different but it was a good experience,” said Rana Terry, class president of Dora High School, “I am excited but scared at the same time, change can be a scary thing.” There will be 15 students graduating from Dora High School this year. Dora’s commencement ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Dora at the Luscombe Gymnasium. The speaker for the ceremony will be boys’ basketball and baseball head coach Ty Thatcher. Because students are in the process of taking their final exams, they will not know who their valedictorian and salutatorian are until Friday. “They are going to have to make a real hasty feat and get to writing on Friday and Saturday,” said Janet Newberry, Dora high school secretary.

Veronica Garcia, secretary of education for the state of New Mexico, will be the keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony for Elida.

Elida’s graduating class will consist of six graduates. Elida’s valedictorian is Tori Bilberry and the salutatorian is Kodi Armitage. The ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Friday in the multi-purpose building at Elida High School.

Floyd will be having their baccalaureate ceremony as well as their commencement on Saturday. The baccalaureate ceremony starts at 1 p.m. and the commencement ceremony will be held at 1:45 p.m. The speaker for baccalaureate will be Scott Jarvis and the commencement speaker will be Dawn Bilbrey, a former Floyd teacher. The valedictorian in the class of 14 graduates is Kelli Johnson and the salutatorian is Brittney Burns.