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Goshen graduates earn diploma

Goshen High School held its 88th Annual Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 28, 2010.

They graduation was held in the school’s football stadium, allowing the graduates to take center stage at the 50-yard line. The graduates marched in with their purple robes, many with different honor chords, which were symbolic of their achievements.

Some of the honors included being in the top ten among their class, receiving an honors diploma and being involved in the ROTC Program.

The valedictorian, Diamond Cottrell, delivered her speech titled “Tomorrow Begins Today.”

In her speech, Cottrell said today was a turning point in each of the graduates’ lives and that life is “a series of passage ways.”

She also said that though she would more than likely see hard times in her life, she saw “joy, love and success,” as well.

“Look forward and smile,” she said.

She ended her speech with a special prayer for the graduating class.

The salutatorian, Derek Little, made his speech titled “Experience Makes Us Who We Are.”

“The experiences we’ve had at Goshen shape who we are,” Little said. “Good luck, and I wish you the best.”

Sally Thomas, senior sponsor, said the class was “small, but good.”

She also said that being the sponsor for this graduating class was a “good challenge” that had “a rewarding end.”

“My hopes are that they will get some type of higher education, whether it be a 2-year college or technical school, because that is so important in the job market today,” Thomas said.

Alisha Whitaker said that leading up to graduation, her class has bonded.

“I think we have grown a lot this last semester,” Whitaker said.

“We’re more of a family.”

After graduating, Whitaker plans on attending The Montgomery School of Bodywork and Massage.

John Morgan said he “couldn’t ask for a better class.”

“I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve spent with them,” Morgan said.

He plans on attending a 2-year college in Opp.

“(This is) a small step toward a long journey,” said Morgan.