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Seniors mark completion of high school careers with cheers, shouts, photos

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Many of the 322 graduating Jennings County High School seniors showed their enthusiasm and pride May 31 by cheering, shouting and even taking pictures of themselves as they walked on stage to accept their diplomas.

It was the school’s 46th graduation ceremony, conducted in the Charles W. Hurley gymnasium. Many of the jubilant seniors took the opportunity to toss their graduation caps into the air, despite requests by administrators to refrain from that.

There also were serious moments during the ceremony.

The school awarded an honorary diploma to a member of the graduating class, Michael Butler, who died in 2010 just before beginning his freshman year.

Students who have enlisted in the armed forces were recognized and received a standing ovation from their peers and those in the audience.

Students also were honored for their academic achievement, including valedictorian Jonah Woods and salutatorians Emily Ertel and Vanessa Spicer.

Senior class president Shelby Hahn spoke words of encouragement to her peers and of the opportunities ahead.

“The class of 2014 is destined to do great things,” she said.

Superintendent Terry Sargent reminded seniors that they are destined to become the leaders of their community.

“Get ready to become the person you’ve always wanted to be,” he said.

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