Leader Blues

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

TOP STORY >>Graduation day for area seniors

By HEATHER HARTSELL
Leader staff writer

More than 760 seniors graduated Friday night from Cabot, Beebe and Lonoke high schools, and about 550 more will graduate this weekend from Jacksonville, North Pulaski and Sylvan Hills high schools as commencement ceremonies are taking place in the area.

Cabotís 480-plus graduates walked at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock with more than 7,000 family and friends watching the ceremony.

John C. Thompson, chairman of the Cabot Scholarship Foundation and Cabot alumni, was the community representative for the eveningís ceremony and told graduates to move their Class of 2007 tassel from the left to the right, marking their transition from high school into the real world.

Heather Bodiford and Sarah Coggins graduated at the head of Cabotís class as co-valedictorians; Sondra Grinnis was the salutatorian. Cabot had a total of 13 high honor graduates, including Bodiford, Coggins and Grinnis, and 86 honor graduates.

Lonoke High School graduated 113 seniors at the Lonoke football stadium. Jason Barnes and Jonathan Tackett led the LHS Class of 2007 as co-valedictorians; Logan Danielsen was salutatorian. Lonoke had nine other honor graduates. At Beebe, out of a total of 170 graduates, 167 walked during Fri-dayís commencement. Brittney Bass and Katie McIlwain led the Beebe High School Class of 2007 as valedictorian and salutatorian; there were 18 other honor graduates.

Jacksonville, North Pulaski and Sylvan Hills high school seniors will graduate this week. Seniors at JHS will graduate at 7 p.m. Friday at the JHS football stadium. Jacksonvilleís class of 2007 co-valedictorians are LaRae Brown and John Wilkins, salutatorian is Christopher Copeland; there are 13 other honor graduates at JHS.

Sylvan Hillsí seniors will graduate at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Jack Stephens Center located at the north side of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus. Valedictorian Andrew Reynolds and salutatorian Caroline Borden, with 15 other honor graduates, lead the class.

North Pulaskiís commencement will be at 7 p.m. Saturday; North Pulaskiís ceremony will also take place at the Stephens Center at UALR. Sarah Watson, valedictorian, and Charles Gervasini, salutatorian, lead their graduating class; there are 14 additional honor graduates in North Pulaskiís Class of 2007. Searcyís Class of 2007 graduated May 12.