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CAPS OFF: PCHS seniors celebrate graduation

Seventy-eighth students were candidates for their high school diplomas at PCHS 2019 Commencement Exercise Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.

PCHS Principal Willie Wright welcomed the families and friends of the Class of 2019 and congratulated the seniors on their great achievements.

“Tonight is your special moment,” Wright told the soon-to-be Pike County High School graduates. “You are one step closer to success.”

Monica Bland, class salutatorian, first gave honor to God and then thanked those who paved the way and guided the path for the PCHS Class of 2019 to achieve success in the classroom and now as they move into a new chapter in their lives.

“The teachers and administrators at Pike County High School have provided us with excellence in education,” Bland said. “I thank my classmates for a most rewarding experience. Our journey is not finished. It is just beginning.”

She encouraged her classmates to keep God in their lives.

“Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. Get on the way,” she said.

Valedictorian Logan  Caudill said he was honored to be a member of the PCHS graduating class of 2019.

“We have been more than aptly prepared for the journey ahead,” he said in thanking those who lead the way, the parents and teachers and the classmates who made the journey memorable. “We must continue to grow and expand our horizons.”

Caudill said PCHS has given each classmate the chance to be unique and exceptional. He encouraged his classmates  to continue the quest to maintain those qualities.

The Valedictorian of the PCHS Class of 2019 closed with a quote from Denzel Washington, “You will fail at some point in your life and, when you fall throughout life, remember this fall forward.”

Before awarding diplomas to the PCHS Class of 2019, Wright congratulated the classmates and challenged them to make truth, honesty and justice the hallmarks of their lives, wherever their journeys take them.