CLARKSVILLE — The class of 2017 had a little extra pep in its step as it entered the gymnasium to the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” Friday, May 19, commencing the future beyond the hallowed halls of Clinton-Massie High School.
Donned in their red and blue cap and gowns to honor their Clinton-Massie heritage, students shared their final hour together reminiscing about the past and talking about the future.
Class President Anthony Tissandier welcomed an audience filled with friends, family, and faculty, thanking them for their support over the years. Tissandier challenged his classmates — each and every one of them — to strive to be excellent and to follow their dreams as they make their way in the world.
Class Salutatorian Callianna VanPelt reminded classmates that life was meant to be enjoyed and encouraged them to take risks and to try something new.
Class Valedictorian Matthew Hendrickson expressed words of confidence in his fellow graduates. “Looking out upon all of you today, there is no doubt in my mind that you can achieve any goal you set for yourself because that’s just how Falcons do it.”
A diverse class of artists, musicians, athletes and scholars, Massie’s most recent graduates have accumulated a collection of accolades of which to be proud:
Students graduating Summa Cum Lade (4.0-3.7 GPA) — Bethany Brausch, Jocelyn Burton, Kristin Cordy, Mary Daugherty, Makenzie Fentress, Jazreel Forand, Courtney Gibson, Alexander Groeger, Matthew Hendrickson, Preslee Rolf, Callianna VanPelt, and Cara Vinup.
Students graduating Magna Cum Laude (3.699-3.5) — Tyler Carter, Alexander Hudson, Piper Hurlburt, Cole Isaacs, Sabrina Kamps, Bailey LeForge, Hannah Lisle, Angela Miller, Heather Myers, Emma Purkey, Chase Sears, Isaiah Turner, Cameron Vaughn, and Celeste Voss.
Students graduating Cum Laude (3.499-3.25) — Noah Adams, Alexander Bolling, Trenton Brown, Kara Cradler, Wesley Cragwall, Andrew Evans, Aric France, Michael Krohn, Alexis Lamb, Cassidy Marine, Kelsie McGlaun, Taylor Neace, Cole O’Bryon, David Poynter, Brooke Rose, Lauren Roush, Ellie Smedley, Garcie Storm, Megan Stotts, Holden Webb, and Shalene Wooten.
Students graduating with Distinction (3.249-3.0) — Jessica Asher, Kendall Cloud, Brianna Coyle, Vance Cronin, Christopher Demler, Zachary Dillow, Shannon Eades, Morgan Edgar, Bridgette Farson, Bergen Fischer, Ashley Fry, Joshua Gibson, Jonathan Ginn, Alisha Goodall, Isaac Green, David Gross, Jonathan Hodges, Kelly Joyner, Andrew Kienle, Syndey Leary, Bryson McKay, Cody Messer, Tyler Neace, Madilyn Newton, Devon O’Bryon, Caleb Perkins, Nora Rinehart, Whitney Tillis, Amber Winemiller, and Evan Wright.
Students receiving Honors Diploma — Bethany Brausch, Trenton Brown, Jocelyn Burton, Tyler Carter, Kristin Cordy, Brianna Coyle, Mary Daugherty, Makenzie Fentress, Jezreel Forand, Courtney Gibson, Matthew Hendrickson, Alexander Hudson, Piper Hurlburt, Cole Isaacs, Hannah Lisle, Angela Miller, Preslee Rolf, Chase Sears, Isiah Turner, Callianna VanPelt, Cameron Vaughn, Cara Vinup, and Celeste Voss.
Students receiving the President’s Award for Educational Excellence — Bethany Brausch, Jocelyn Burton, Tyler Carter, Kristin Cordy, Mary Daugherty, Makenzie Fentress, Jezreel Forand, Courtney Gibson, Alexander Groeger, Matthew Hendrickson, Alexander Hudson, Piper Hurlburt, Cole Isaacs, Hannah Lisle, Angela Miller, Emma Purkey, Preslee Rolf, Chase Sears, Isiah Turner, Callianna VanPelt, Cameron Vaughn, Cara Vinup, and Celeste Voss.
Students receiving the President’s Award for Educational Achievement — Paige Burton, Myles Cox, Joshua Gibson, Sydney Leary, Jacob Mangus, Cassidy Marine, Ellie Smedley, and Gracie Storm.
Graduating members of the National Honor Society include Bethany Brausch, Jocelyn Burton, Tyler Carter, Kristin Cordy, Christopher Demler, Makenzie Fentress, Jezreel Forand, Aric France, Courtney Gibson, Jonathan Ginn, Matthew Hendrickson, Alexander Hudson, Piper Hurlburt, Cole Isaacs, Hannah Lisle, Angela Miller, Taylor Neace, Emma Purkey, Preslee Rolf, Chase Sears, Ellie Smedley, Isiah Turner, Callianna VanPelt, Cara Vinup, and Celeste Voss.
Graduates entering the military include Mitchell Bills, Caeleb Carter, Vance Cronin, Zachary Dillow, Nathan Eve, Bergen Fischer, Joshua Gibson, Isaac Green, Bradley Hunt, Jacob Mangus, Terris Mills, Madison Morgan, Savannah Myers, Austin Nichols, and Holden Webb.
The top-10 standings in the class were: Matthew Hendrickson, first; Callianna Vanpelt, second; Jocelyn Burton, third; Bethany Brausch, fourth; Jezreel Forand, fifth; Preslee Rolf, sixth; Alexander Groeger, seventh; Courtney Gibson, eighth; Cara Vinup, ninth; and Makenzie Fentress, 10th.
After the final diploma was presented, Swope formally confirmed the Class of 2017 as graduates and alumni of Clinton-Massie High School.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.