The Hot Springs High School class of 2018 graduated this Saturday in the Case Auditorium. Proud friends and family members packed the gym to watch the young adults take their final steps as Hot Springs students.
The ceremony began with the processional. The high school band played 'Pomp and Circumstance' as the graduated seniors walked to the front of the gym. Senior band members were then joined the band to play 'Chant and Jubilo'.
After the song, the lights were dimmed and a slideshow began. Each of the graduate's senior photos were shown. Many of the photos were accompanied by baby photos which drew much laughter from the crowd. The slides also included the plans of each graduate after high school. The young adults listed a wide variety of careers and areas of study, including: pre-med, engineering, tech school, active duty military, photography and education among many others.
The commencement address was given by class salutatorian, Charity Britain, and valedictorian, Aspen Stover. Britain's speech took the audience through the class of 2018's high school journey, punctuated by senior year, "a year of many lasts." She ended her speech optimistically saying, "there's so much ahead of this class."
Stover's speech focused on the class's uniqueness, "we weren't afraid to be different," adding, "we march to the beat of our own drum."
After the commencement addresses, Les Chanteurs seniors sang to their classmates one final time before high school principal Mary Weiss officially presented the Class of 2018.
After all graduates received their diplomas, the class of 2018 had one final surprise for Hot Springs High School. As graduates tossed their caps into the air, they also grabbed cans of silly string and confetti cannons to officially say farewell to high school.