Mexia High bids farewell to Class of 2013

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Graduating seniors Mary Speights and Y’Keisha Stevenson, center, embrace after the graduation ceremony Friday evening at Blackcat Stadium. At left are Jose Perez, Randi Fortson and Ariel Ballard, at right Mariyah Wiley and her cousin Myron Thompson – all showing various stages of emotions along with the rest of the senior class. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
There was not a hint of the rain predicted earlier in the week for Mexia High School’s graduation ceremonies Friday night at Blackcat Stadium.
Those attending were seated on the visitors’ side of the field, and the stands were full to overflowing, with people filling the area in front of the stands and along side to the end of the field.
As the sun was setting beyond the stage, “Pomp and Circumstance” began to play over the loudspeaker and the graduates began advancing individually from the opposite side of the field.
The 125-plus grads filed into six rows of chairs arranged in three rows on either side of a stage fronted by greenery and red gladiolas. School board members and school administrators filled the platform in black graduation robes, each wearing graduation sashes of various colors around their necks.
Senior Chelsea Collins said an opening prayer, and Donna Savage welcomed the audience in English and Spanish.
“We are here to honor the accomplishments of these young people and start them on the next phase of their journey,” Savage said.
She introduced the keynote speakers, salutatorian Mary Speights and valedictorian Hai Vuong.

To read more and see more photos from graduation, pick up a copy of Tuesday's The Mexia News, or subscribe to our e-edition.